It has warmed up today. After a night at minus 30 and another at minus 25, to wake up to zero was really nice. The other thing is that I am starting to notice longer days. It gets light earlier and dark later. Now we still have short days but there is hope for spring. Also the warmer sun has helped melt the snow off the main road. Bruce has even got interested in grilling. Yesterday he spent some time shoveling the snow off our grill. As you can see, there was quite an accumulation of snow. Maybe we will grill some steaks for dinner.
Even though tomorrow is March, that does not mean that the snow will stop coming. In fact we often get a fair amount to snow in March. It makes for great skiing because the weather is warmer, we have a great base and you can even get a tan while skiing. It was so bright today while we were eating lunch in the lodge that you had to squint to see anything.
Another great sign of spring is that the birds are really coming back. Today I have seen hairy woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, gray jays, blue jays, pine grosbecks, chickadees, rose breasted nuthatches and red polls. Mixed in with them are squirrels and one pine martin. With them all flying about it keeps the feeders empty.
Another sign of spring is that I feel like I should really be cleaning the house. This is not one of my favorite projects. Dusting is really low on my list. I am, however, making a valiant effort to improve things. Bruce and I are usually pretty good about picking up stuff. Getting the wash done and cleaning up promptly after meals is easy. My mother drilled into me the need to make your bed every day. All this leaves cleaning bathrooms, dusting and vacuuming on the list. So I am making the great effort now. Eventually I will get there. The trouble is that then it is time to clean again.
Bruce just called and I went down to the lodge to give a little help at the front desk.
So it is now Sunday morning. For the first time in a long time we had a morning temperature above zero. We also have a dusting of snow. It is hard to think of spring this morning with a few snowflakes in the air.