Can you believe it is that time of year again? I know... I really can't either! But, the middle of February has passed, and it is time to start our tomatoes and peppers here in the northwest. We have such a short growing season that we have to give our plants a huge headstart. I did not start seeds last week, as the entire world, it seemed was in a deep freeze!
We did get some snow here last week, but it was very minimal, and while our temperatures hovered around 7 at the lowest point, with a windchill in the minuses, it was not too bad. We are used to those kind of temperatures here this time of year and are prepared for them. I walk no matter the weather, and just bundled up with a few more layers, and I was perfectly warm and cozy as I walked in those temperatures. Of course, the dogs are so blessed... they are perfectly suited to this kind of weather as well! In fact, they loved every minute of it!
My heart went out to those living in Texas and across the south who suffered from far more extreme temperatures than we have even seen here this winter, and lost power! It would be miserable even for us here, should that have been the case. But having lived many years in Texas, I know how unprepared homes are for such weather, and how unbelievable that such cold weather came, and stayed for so long. Thankfully all of my family and friends survived the miserable weather. Some had pipes burst, but those can be fixed. Were any of you affected by the extreme weather this past week? You all were in my thoughts and prayers throughout the week. It was such an unusual, really historical event.
|Today it was so wonderful to see the sunshine and blue skies!|
|As the dogs and I walked, we lifted our faces to the sun, and enjoyed every bit of it! We get little precious sunshine here in the winter, and when we do get it, we love it!|
|I spent time in my greenhouse today planting peppers and tomatoes, along with some greens, sunflowers and sweet peas. I am allowing myself to get excited about spring now, although we no doubt have more winter weather before spring truly arrives.|
|I was blessed to see this local herd of elk recently. This was before we got our last snowstorm, and you can see what a mild winter we are having... no snow on the ground in late February! Aren't they magnificent creatures though!|
|It is always such a treat to see wildlife in our area.|
|During the winter, I take the time, if I have the time, to make myself a cup of tea, and it is a perfect opportunity to sit, pray and talk to the Lord as you drink the tea. |
Tea and prayer are great companions :)
Here we are, in the last week of February, and spring is around the corner! I am sure that the first blooms of spring won't be far away now, as I've already seen a few green shoots coming out of the ground! I look forward to seeing crocus, daffodils and tulips before long! How about you? Are signs of spring arriving after the cold freeze last week?
There is an old saying that says "springtime snow is poor man's fertilizer"... well... I hope that rings true for all of us this year, don't you?!
and keep you in His peace in these trying times!