Sorry for that sick photo, but you either a) get it, or b) don’t. If you don’t, then you obviously do not own a dog in a northern state that receives any appreciable snowfall.
And I am making my annual rounds on poop duty. It is a thankless job. If you miss the precious window of time where the poop is exposed from under the snow, yet still mostly frozen, all is lost. You will find yourself smearing and fighting waterlogged masses that you would far prefer not to ever have to even look at, much less try and pick up and dispose of.
So that’s what I did yesterday. That and pretty much take all my clothes off and run around in the Mid March Minnesota HEATWAVE! It was sunny, after five straight days of rain and dense fog, only to have the clouds vanish, the sun appear and the mercury soar to SIXTY! In the cities, I heard it got to 64 which was warmer than PHOENIX! Crazy talk.
I worked outside all day and felt my winter fat melt away.
The fat. I wish the fat had melted away in one day. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I can’t be the only one who thinks things like that.
I cleaned the chicken coop out and let them outside for the first time since last December
I used the manure-laden shavings to fertilize the raspberries
And to feed the small rodent-chasing dog, known as Poopy. For not only does she like to poop in my house, but she clearly likes to eat it as well!
I spread the rest in the garden which is starting to emerge from under the snow and found these amazing living things!
Thyme and strawberry plants? Do strawberry plants typically look like this after a winter of subzero days and nights? I wouldn’t know because I just planted them last year…
And I found this mess staring at me. I know what I have to do soon and I don’t want to do it…. one of my most hated jobs of spring is cutting the old asparagus plants. In fact, it reminds me that this blog is a year old, because it was one of the first things I ever wrote about!
I raked driveway rock off the grass and nearly died from exhaustion. No photos.
I went in to the greenhouse, found the fat cat lolling in the sun (it was about 80 degrees in there)
Then noticed that my previously mentioned crispy rosemary plants had some glimmers of life (see the brighter green in the second pic)
Note cat hair above and to the left of bloom and what looks like a human jennie hair directly behind bloom.
I’m sure we’ll get walloped with more snow and sub-zero temps, but this one day was pure heaven.