|Our first day of March looked like this on our morning walk.... a nippy 8 degrees, frosty and cold!|
|And like this on our evening walk of March 31 at a mild temperature of 40 degrees....|
yes, March has gone out like a lamb here... :)
|However, on the first day of March, the chickens decided to make a run for it, out of the coop. |
I didn't blame them a bit. It had been a long winter!
|Poor old Mr. Pepper our oldest rooster, he has made it through the winter!|
|On this very cold day, the turkeys huddled like this to keep warm.|
|One of our very favorite meals is this Chicken Spaghetti, which I often make on cold winter days.|
|Always wonderful to see the clouds rolling in billows of color on the horizon.|
|Icy roads in March gently bathed up by the day's last light.|
|Hoar frost coating the wild rose that blooms in my neighbor's yard. |
Soon... it will be sporting blooms for spring!
|As the sun came out and got up to 60 degrees, there was still so much snow, that I couldn't stay inside, |
and took the dogs for a snowshoe through our woods.
|It was deep and slow going, but with the 60+ warm temperatures, |
it was so much fun snowshoeing in just a light shirt! It was too warm for a coat!
|Riley found something interesting in the snow.|
|Annie and Riley... always on alert.... so much to see and investigate in the forest!|
|Our favorite chocolate chip recipe... variated now, as I do not use shortening any longer, and only real butter. |
Years ago when I made them, I always used shortening. But now... only butter :)
|Since the middle of March, we have had days on end of sunshine! It has been glorious! |
You can see the joy on Annie's face... that we are all feeling! No more snow and ice on the roads!
|The snowbanks remained quite high after the sunshine began, I could hardly see over the tops of them.|
|60+ degrees and enjoying every drop of that gorgeous sunshine!|
|The March Worm supermoon... it was amazing to see! As the moon set over the river, it was a splendid moment to witness.|
| Out of all the supermoons this year, |
this was the only one that we were able to see without cloud cover.
It looked like an orange in the sky!
|These are my favorite flowers to start indoors. Some can be sewn directly into the soil, but others need a head start.|
|Keeping track of each seed packet and bush/shrub/tree that has been planted, along with results/failures.|
|I also have a garden plan, which is pretty basic.|
|I mix my seedling soil with a bit of this Organic Bio-Tone Starter. I find it gives the plants an extra head start.|
|On a warm sunny day, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I planted the seeds.|
|Then I put a seedling warmer on each rack and mounted the grow lights (I just use regular fluorescent lights or LED lights, I don't find the grow lights are any better than the cheap ones).|
|I leave the lights on for 16 hours a day, and off for 8 hours, as plants need to rest as well.|
|The snow continues to melt! Large puddles and little creeks start appearing in the fields. It is an exciting time to see the ground reclaimed back from the snow!|
|Today March 31... this is still my garden! Much of it still lies buried under the snow blanket.|
|But the good news is that along the edges of the garden, the snow has melted, |
and look at what is eagerly popping up through the dirt!
|Oh happy day! I will have tulips soon enough :)|
|I may not have flower blooms in my garden just yet... but I've started putting back out my glass plate flowers and their cheerful faces will light up the garden until the colorful blooms arrive.|
So we make the most of it, enjoying the beauty of whatever each day holds for us. Like my father tells me... there is one thing you can't change... and that is the weather. Like it or not, there is not much you can do about it, but just make the best of it. And we are. We are loving the gorgeous sunshine as it slowly melts the snow, and we are very thankful that the risk of flooding here is low because of the slow snow melt.
As my garden awakens from its long winter nap, I anticipate blooms any day now from my snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils. The tulips will take a little longer to bloom but will extend the color in my garden until summer arrives. But we mustn't hurry summer along... we are happy and content right now to just enjoy springtime :)
Blessings to all of you... and let me know how spring looks in your world! :)