It’s a love~hate thing

That is with all this white stuff. . . snowcolors of winterI love when the snow falls and how the world outside seems to shut down. . . even if just for a few hours.

I hate the panic and madness that sets in days prior because the world as we know it just might have to shut down for a few hours.

I love how everything goes from a dingy and lifeless landscape to being covered with a pristine and silky white coating.

I hate how the edges of all roads turn black after the salt trucks and plows come through.

I love how my dogs love to play in it. . . all boundaries are gone!  And even though our pristine yard lasts all of 2 seconds after I open the door to let them out, I lovesilly c throwing snow balls and chasing them to help them mess it up even more.

I hate how it takes them twice as long…and what feels like forever in sub-0 temps…to find a place to do their business.

p-snow day

And now another element to this love-hate thing . . . ice!  Last week’s ice storm here, where they’ve dubbed this area as the hardest hit and I think I heard some newscaster say worse than what Sandy brought us, has added a whole new dimension that flips things to hate ~ love.   I hate how an icy forecast sends shivers glistening tree topsdown my spine.  My house sits under a towering big old oak (and a few other big trees around the property) and although in 20 years it has given us no trouble… just how lucky can we continue to be?   But, as much as I hate how unnerving an ice storm can be and to know I have to say goodbye to that old oak (better by man’s hands than mother-nature’s), I love when the sun finally comes out (and the electricity back on) because it really is a a magical site to see. . . where trees, even the broken ones, sparkle like chandeliers, and the ground is covered with glistening shards of glass-like crystals that have fallen from the trees.  Mother Nature’s idea of bling. . .

mother-natures-blingToday started as a frigid but sunny day; but as I get ready to post this, the sky is slowly going gray. These are some of the headlines for this area’s forecast come tomorrow . . .  “Catastrophic’ Storm Moving Up the East Coast” and Nor’easter to Hammer DC, Philly, NYC and Boston.  Here we go again . . .  To all of you that live in this zone stay warm & safe.  For me, I just hope my snow boots are tall enough.

Til next time,
Maria

Mother Nature . . . ahead of schedule

So here it is an (almost) sunny Saturday afternoon.  I got an early start today and so far I’ve vac & dusted my house, did a couple loads of laundry, walked the dogs, colored my hair :-o, and went for a ride and bought some flowers for the gardens.  I would say that I’ve had a productive and full . . . but dodging a frantic . . . day.   It’s a fine line between full and frantic.  The difference (for me) is making a conscious decision not to let what I want to do become what I have to do.  For example, today at the garden center I started to feel a tad stressed that I had not yet done any planting, that the flower beds were still not ready, and that it’s been raining when I actually have had the time to do these things.  But, when I stopped to think about it, I’m actually right on schedule.  Around here Mother Nature has decided to accelerate things.  The honeysuckle has bloomed, summer lilies are in bloom, and the spring blossoms have come and gone . . . and it’s only the beginning of May!  So with just a little adjustment on perspective, the frantic is gone.  And now that I am actually ahead of the game, I can take my time and enjoy puttering in the gardens.

I can’t wait to see these blooming in my garden . . .

Oh, and kids if you’re reading this, Mother’s Day is next weekend (hint, hint ;-)) and this little guy would look great in the garden . . .