~ Gustav Mahler
I don’t know if I’ve ever made such an effort to get through winter with my sanity intact. I tried everything I knew to divert my angst, but nothing worked. Except sleep. Erratic and unrestful, but sleep nonetheless. I know I’m not alone here. Winter can be brutal on the spirits, especially on a heat-loving girl like myself.
But the worst is over – I hope – and I can feel a new energy in the air. The critters outside are beginning to stir, and my critters inside are pacing at the door. I’ve cracked the windows just a smidge to start clearing out my house and head. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close. And that’s just fine with me. For now.
Of course, knowing that spring is coming is not half as assuring as seeing the evidence first hand. Look what I found outside this afternoon! All the bulbs are coming out like gangbusters, as is new growth on my shrubs. We still have a chance for winter weather for another month or so, so I’m not letting myself get carried away quite yet. Still, this is most definitely the medicine I need to make it through another long, dark winter.
Let the gardening begin!!