Ever since the first east coast spring I experienced, I have firmly stated that There Is No Such Thing As Spring in Nova Scotia.
It goes directly from Winter to Summer somewhere around the middle of June.
So, whenever I hear about the groundhog seeing his shadow and there being a mere 5 weeks of winter left, I can't help but laugh...Ha. Ha. Ha.
I remember one year, I went to England for the last two weeks of April. When the plane landed, I looked out of the window at the green grass, stunned. All through those two weeks, I gaped at the overflowing window boxes, my eyes nearly vibrating. The flowers were a riot of color, spilling out in a profusion never seen here even in the height of summer, the trees a deeper, richer green.
I came back to Halifax the first weekend in May. That night there was an ice storm that covered the bare trees in a half inch of ice. As I looked out at the black and white world that sparkled in the wan sunlight, I was sure that I had been transported back into the deepest winter.
Now I live on a farm, and seeing how the ground is a soggy mess in the spring, it is the only time we can actually be gone from the farm with a minimal impact on our productivity.
This year, one of the things that will keep me occupied is planning our trip to Europe. There is a fair bit of planning needed when you are talking about a family our size. Getting one room on a boat or in a hotel is one thing, for a family of six it is a different matter all together!
It seems that the homeschooling and farming take up most of my time, and the growing life inside of me takes a good portion of the rest of my energy, but here is the 5 of the things that should keep me occupied are:
1) planning 5 weeks with 4 kids in Europe
2) helping those who want to make 2009 the healthiest and most prosperous year ever reach their goals.
3) figuring out which sheep are going to have lambs and overseeing the process, moving new moms and lambs to the other barn for a few days and then back again.
4) ordering our plants and seeds (the catalogs are arriving and the months seem long)
5) Making cheese. This is really a dream come true, and I will be writing more journal entries as we go.