They say it’s spring now. I say: we have double-digit negatives most nights this week. They say spring is coming. I say: we have to get through mud season first, and we’re a far cry from the kind of thaw that entails. Basically, I’m a cynic. It’s seasonal. It’s Maine. It’s Vitamin D deficiency. Whatever.
I did, however, replace a broken shop-light today so that I can start my third and fourth flats of seeds in the basement. My onions, leeks, brussels sprouts, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers are all going strong. (Trying cinnamon sprinkled on the soil surface this year to fight the damping-off I’ve struggled with the past two years…Have you tried that? Is it a myth?) I’m fired up about the parsley, the new lavender, the zinnias, the basil. So, in essence, I’m ready for the theoretical reality of spring’s approach, but in my heart of hearts, I believe we’re stuck in sleet-land forever.
It’s this way on all fronts sometimes: you have a nice morning with one son, and that afternoon the second one pukes all over. You book a fun new consulting gig only to learn that issues of responsiveness might be a drag. You foolishly sign up to run a training session for a board you serve on, then find someone awesome to run it for you, and then find your leadership partners are reluctant to bring in someone else, which was the whole idea in the first place. GET WITH THE PROGRAM, WORLD. Enough puking and dragging-of-feet. Let’s make some plans and get ’em done.
So I’ve got my graph paper out for the garden, and all my gorgeous books on potager designs; I’ve got a new necklace and a new lipstick for when the consulting gets its act together; I’m getting VERY CLEAR with my board partners about the limits of my available time for volunteer program design and delivery. It might still be winter, or even mud season, in the spirit of the world, but I’m heading for the bright lights of summer. Are you with me?