Just maybe, spring might come eventually.  I’m starting to think it might be possible.  It feels like there has been a bit of a shift.  More light.  Thank goodness for the light!  Usually the grey of winter doesn’t really get to me, but this year, oh this year, it honestly felt oppressive.  I’m currently reading this book, with the optimistic hope that we’ll be hitting mud season ourselves soon.  Strange to be looking forward to mud and muck and constantly needing to mop.  But the fact is making the transition from heaps of snow to fields of flowers means a good bit of mud in-between.  So I say bring on the mud!  I’m not very far into the book, but it’s made me laugh several times already, that seems like a good sign.  As a side note: I’m looking to stock my nightstand with post-baby reading material, nothing too, too serious or too intense.  Any good book suggestions?

Other good signs; the sap is running!  We have quite a few trees tapped at this point, with buckets being emptied into barrels before bedtime each night.  And the birds….the birds are different now.  There are robins about.  Rosebud stood at the window scolding them last week for being silly enough to come out into the snow.  The occasional purple finch stops by our feeder.  The boys have reported hearing phoebes calling when they go out to chop wood.  Even the winter birds seem to be more active.  Last week we saw a pileated woodpecker, a barred owl and a bald eagle in a two day span.

Màiri and I have been working on some little embroidery projects.  Late in the afternoon, when I need to put my feet up for a bit, we sit side by side and stitch away.


4 thoughts on “maybe

  1. Marie

    Some book recommendations:
    (so many books, so little time!)
    I hope you get to read some of them, enjoy!
    The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
    The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
    The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
    The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
    The Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal
    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
    The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
    Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
    Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    Anything by Fannie Flagg for laughs and great female characters
    Anything by Sharon Creech

  2. Teresa

    I just finished Tisha by Robert Specht. It was amazing. It made me think of Christy another amazing book.

  3. Carol Urban

    We have yet to hear the phoebes here at our house. Yesterday it was 70 degrees here and most of the ice has melted off our driveway. Today it’s pouring the rain and tonight we’re supposed to get snow. I dislike the mud as much as the snow and wish we could skip right into summer.

  4. Melody Post author

    Thank you for the amazing book suggestions! I’m now making a “to read” list. Keep them coming!

    Carol- we get excited when it hits 40 here.

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