Moments of happy...
1. It's Mud Season. The short little season between winter and summer when feet and feet of this last winter's snow start to melt, turning all of the ground underneath it to mud. It's sloshy, keeps dirt caked up in the treads of your shoes, and leaves a constant film of grime on your hard floors. (It's interesting with a puppy.) Ski season is over. All of the winter tourists are gone, so the town is quiet. Restaurants and shops close early in the evenings. Everyone takes a deep breath and relaxes until the next batch of tourists arrive to kayak and tube and boat in the lakes and rivers swollen with the very same snow that is melting now. If you ask them, most Locals will tell you that they love Mud Season. My Mr. Monk (aka John) keeps the vacuum running.
2. Little bitty pops of color. No big and beautiful blossoms here yet, but that makes the little small wildflowers that are starting to show up around here all the more exciting. Spring IS coming! Well, I suppose spring is here, but...well, you know. That little ladybug showed up the very same week that the snow started to melt in April. Emma and I were beyond excited! And would you look at that furry paw? Oh, my goodness. Her fur looks like Grover's. I have taken to calling her my "Little Muppet". *Sigh*
3. April showers.
And this kind...
Crazy weather. The temperature goes up and down, sometimes day to day. Would you believe it was perfectly clear and warm just the day before I took those snowy pictures?! It looked like winter all over again. "Springtime in the mountains is unpredictable at best", a sweet blogging friend said. She is so right. I am still not a Snow Hater. It still takes my breath away. The white covering everything. The bluest of blue skies. I must find a soft yarn and knit a sweater in that exact same darkest shade of blue. Tardis Blue?
4. We're using the deck again. Well, on the days when the snow has melted off of it, but that is happening more and more. The other day, I actually sat outside in the sunshine with SHORT SLEEVES! John's hoping to build a farmhouse-style table before this summer is out. I have visions of dining al fresco every single meal.
5. An unplanned repair. A juggling around of the house budget to accomodate replacing the kitchen faucet that had sprung a leak. We wanted to change it out eventually, as well as replace the kitchen sink. Now, apparently, was the right time. John's first sink install, and I think he did a great job. I love farmhouse sinks, John likes stainless, so we compromised: a deep, single basin stainless sink, and we love it. It makes washing big pots and pans so much easier. The master bathroom shower repair will have to wait.
6. The hummers are back! My favorite springtime happy! Oh, I have missed them. I have waited and waited to put the feeders back out, because the temps continued to stay so low, and I hadn't seen one return yet. We got a week of glorious 60 degree weather a couple of weeks ago, and that Saturday morning as I finished up my tea, I heard the unmistakable whirring whistle of a broadtailed hummingbird. Eep! I jumped up right then and there, filled the feeders, and hung them outside. I've seen three at once so far. Don't know if last year's Hummingbird Fest was a fluke or a regular occurence. We shall see! *fingers crossed* As you can see from the pic, the temps have fallen again, but the hummers continue to drink and don't seem to mind the icicles one bit.
7. The color green. My favorite color at the moment. I have never craved a color so much before as I do the color green right now. The feet of snow were truly magnificent, but with the exception of the spruce, there was no green to be had. Ah, the anticipation! (Cue Carly Simon.) Winter and spring have been doing a dance, each taking turns leading. A little green will show up, only to be covered in white again as a new winter storm dumps more snow on the ground, but at least this snow is melting quickly. The temps won't allow it to linger. And the more spring snow we get, the damper the ground, and the less chance for forest fires. Silver Lining. Even still, I find that once I have started seeing the green, I want the white to stop. I am ready for flowers and grasses and new aspen leaves. Maidenhair fern and English ivy. Lush, green mountainsides and lush, green valleys. Thank you, God, for the color green.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."