“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

My sunny disposition has deserted me. It is an ugly, cold, damp, grey day. Gracie woke me up early when she barked at some outside noises. The house was still cold, and I was still tired, but I dragged myself out of bed and went downstairs and opened the door to check. If I had been a throwaway character in a horror movie, the slasher would have been outside the door just waiting for me. If I were watching the movie, I’ll think how stupid not to check before opening the door and I’d think the character got what she deserved. Luckily no one was there, but my newspapers were on the front step so someone had been there.  It must have been my neighbor. I doubt the slasher would have been so thoughtful.

My dance card is total empty so I am going to hang around the house all day. I doubt I’ll even get dressed. I’ll probably nap as it’s the sort of day which invites getting warm and cozy in bed under the covers. I’ll bring my book.

March is when I am tired of winter. The first day of spring is in March. We turn our clocks ahead the second Sunday in March. Easter is at the end of March. Spring training is over. It’s time to put away the shovels and the heavy coats. I want to see the bright yellow of the forsythias. I want to sit on the deck and be warmed by the sun. I wish the coming of March was the signal that winter has finally packed its bags and moved south, but Mother Nature guarantees nothing.

I thumbed through a couple of travel magazines and salivated over the pictures. It was like I was a kid again reading my geography book and dreaming. My Barrett Syndrome has surfaced. I hope I can hang on until the trip back to Ghana in the fall.

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10 Comments on ““It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Last night the very needed rain began and is continuing all day. The temperature has dropped from a balmy 65 yesterday to a chilly windy 40s today. Of course the sunny skies and warm temperatures are forecast for the weekend. I wore my leather jacket to work this morning expecting a wet windy and chilly afternoon. I suspect March will have some surprises for us in the form of a late blast of cold air and either a snow or an ice storm.

    I’m tired of winter by January 🙂 I wish my company had a location in Soith Florida or Soithern California. Of course the warm balmy winters are also accompanied by Hurricanes. sink holes and costal flooding. California offers balmy weather along with earth quakes and drought. I guess we can’t have everything. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We are expecting snow then rain. The snow will only be a dusting but it should rain up to an inch. It is still an ugly day.

      You don’t have a winter. You just have a cold spell, maybe even a cool spell. Winter isn’t hurricane season along the Atlantic coast so you don’t have to worry about that. I don’t think Florida has a lot of flooding either. Sink holes yes, Florida is the sinkhole capital.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Mostky grey here today but the sun broke through just before I was driving home from work. I’ve longed for this since late autumn but instead I got annoyed because the sun was so low I couldn’t see a thing and couldn’t find my sunglasses 🙂 It’ll be better already at the end of this week, the sun stays up for two to three minutes longer every day now 🙂

    Spring has actually sprung here already. We say that spring has come when the average temperature has been higher that 32F for seven days in a row. According to the news it has arrived on the two most outer islands we have towards west and if spring has arrived it doesn’t matter how cold it gets after that, it is still spring 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I haven’t seen the sun for a while. It comes then disappears. The sun since December has gained an hour, but I have no idea what it has done with that hour.

      The snowdrops are the first flowers to bloom. The rest are still green shoots working their way to the top of the soil. I’ll be there waiting.

      Enjoy your day!!

  3. Richard Says:

    The WX Boys say we’re about to get a heapin’ helpin’ of wind, rain, and – gasp! – possibly a bit o’ the old ‘snow’ … be still, mah hawt …

    Since I’ve made the grocery run this morning, I’m re-stocked and don’t need to worry about re-supply for a while now. So long as the power doesn’t go out, life is good. Hell, even if it does go out, I have my Bayliss generator-powered crank radio (with a solar panel for good measure).

    The ‘throwaway’ characters in the horror movies may have been Roddenberry’s inspiration for the infamous ‘red shirts’ in ‘Star Trek’ … any actor in a red shirt probably realised s/he wasn’t long for whichever planet they were exploring. Kinda similar to any player on a team playing the Raiders who was across the line from Lyle Alzedo …

    If March is when you’re tired of winter, then you can’t be tired yet as it’s still February … Be ye of Goode Cheer and Make A Joyous Face Unto The Lard … and that brings up the subject of food, in which instance lard is the perfect medium with which to attain Perfection when frying chicken … or shrimp … or anything else, actually. Just make sure it’s the Real Deal Genuine Pork Fat Lard and not that junky hydrogenated stuff the Foodie Palaces try to pawn off on unsuspecting consumers.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      You just gave our latest weather report as well. A dusting is what we’ll have here while Boston will have more. An inch or more of rain is expected after the snow.

      The weather prediction is too calm for me to worry about losing electricity. I have food but most of it is frozen so I’ll have to take it out if I want dinner. I know there’s chicken.

      I do remember the future of the red shirts in any landing party. Somebody had to go!

      March is 8 days away so I haven’t long to wait.

      Lard also makes the best pie crust and the best tasting middle of whoopie pies.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Greetings from puddle paradise.
    Rain for days with occasional snowflakes in between, the ground can’t take much water anymore but we hope for some sun tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      We have sandy soil which tends to suck up most of the water. The roads though do tend to have puddles as there are no grates leading to sewers as we have none of those either.

      A dusting is nothing to us!

  5. William sandford Says:

    We forced some forsythia twigs a few weeks ago, and also brought some twigs in before we left, so they should be bright yellow tomorrow when we return. Try it–it will brighten your day.


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