COLUMN: Longing for spring’s arrival

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I’ve not always been a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had enough of snow and cold for one season and I know I’m not alone in wishing for spring’s speedy arrival.

As of Friday afternoon, the weatherman was already calling for a couple of inches of snow Friday night and early Saturday and while a light snowfall is welcome around Christmas, I’ve had enough. The last batch of snow has just melted from the areas of my home and garage shielded much of the day from the sun and the county roads leading to home are spongy.

Cooped up indoors, I’m devoid of sunlight and though I try to keep the shades to my office open, it’s warmth that I think I’m most missing.

I’m not going to be able to jet away to a warm locale anytime soon, so I’m trying to cope with the second half of winter as best I can.

I’ve been gathering the seed catalogs that have been arriving at the farm, tucking them in a drawer and poring over the pages at night. I like roses and while I am not always dutiful enough in their care to keep them healthy, I’ve ordered a couple that are supposed to be relatively disease free.

Each spring, I receive a flyer from Renee’s Garden, an online mail-order seed company that specializes in heirloom and hard-to-find varieties of flowers and vegetables. They provide a few sample packets and I usually take advantage of the generous offer.

In my sample packet are zinnias and marigolds, sunflowers and other annuals. I also chose beets, lettuce and and a couple of cucumber varieties good for pickling.

Renee’s also sent a canister of wildflower seed I might scatter here and there. I have a farm field of warm-season grasses enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program and I might scatter some of the flower seeds along the county road with hopes of brightening up the area with some late-summer blossoms.

Though the company sends out its samples at no charge and without any promise of advertising, here’s the Web site if you want to visit: www.reneesgarden. com.
I’ll probably give my spring seeds to my mother, who has more time and patience for planting and tending to things than I do.

To tide me over to spring, I’ve also been reading more and I’ve been faithful to my New Year’s resolution of writing more letters.

I’ve been teaching a literature class for Oakland City University’s Rockport campus for the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed reacquainting myself to some of the classics, from “Oedipus Rex” and “Beowulf” to the writings of Confucius and Dante Alighiero.

I’ve enjoyed the class and private reading time.

It’s been nice to see the amount of daylight hours grow a little each week and since I rise the same time, I have been a witness to the approach of spring.

I’m sure Mother Nature will send more snow and a blast or two of really cold temperatures. But as we work our way through February, I’ll look forward to not just longer days, but warmth.

Some nights when I get home, I stare at my lawnmower wistfully. I curse the job of mowing grass in the midst of summer’s heat but I long for the smell of freshly mown grass. We’ll see if I’m saying that come July.

Hoosier Heritage Magazine

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