Thursday, February 5, 2009

sounds of spring

yesterday, when i dashed outside to walk the puppies, the frigid air was full of birdsong. today, a plaintive cheep-cheep greeted us, although the car informed me that it's all of -3 degrees.

this morning, when i drove libby up the hill to meet the school bus, i remarked that in a few more weeks, i'll need my sunglasses. spring's coming, i said. hear the bird?

doesnt it know its freezing out, she asked.

i'm sure it knows it's freezing, i answered, but it's responding to the light. it's not the cold that drives the bird's behavior...it's the light.

the light is definitely growing stronger. we've turned a corner in the year... february 2 - degraded now to groundshog's day, or coopted as the feast of st. blaise - was once recognized as the ancient feast of imbolc, a celebration of new milk, new lambs and the ever-strengthening sun.

in my house, it's time to consider spring spruce-ups. this week i've made a list, room by room, of all the projects i'd like to accomplish in them by the end of this summer. some, like refinishing pieces of furniture and painting walls, will have to wait for warmer weather. but a few - like new curtains and shower curtains and a new headboard - don't have to wait.

but first, im off to scatter birdseed.

and furthermore, the war WILL end. blessed be.

10 comments:

Dina said...

its hard not to believe it is spring..it has been 70 here, but next week the 30's come back. denver is so wierd. but we are so dry i can't imagine anything green happening this year. i will be doing a spring rain dance if we don't get some snow.

April said...

Whenever spring rolls around, I always get in the mood to do project, too. I love cleaning out closets and, boy, do ours need it! Come on spring...whatcha waitin' for?

Laura Rose said...

I saw my first robin a couple of days ago!

Lynette said...

cold cold cold there
whoooooooo
i am glad not so bad here
actually colder in the house than out
bad or lil if no insullation

Martha said...

You mean you don't wear your sunglasses in the wintertime? Wow. I love birdsong.

Maritzia said...

I work 7a - 6p (4 10 hour days), and I noticed on my way to work this morning, that I could actually see a slight lightening in the eastern sky as I was driving it!

I'm so excited. It seems like this winter was the darkest, dreariest in years. I can't wait for Spring to arrive.

annie kelleher said...

well, i do wear my sunglasses in the winter when its sunny out :). i dont wear them when its dark in the mornings to drive libby up the hill :).

Mama Krit said...

I can't wait to see the animals of spring. We get coyote pups here and I love watching them run through the fields. It's how I know it's spring.

Kim said...

the light is coming back and the energy is shifting - Yahoo! I missed you last night. Hope you're feeling better.

The Plant Whisperer said...

Yes! I noticed the cardinals yesterday morning with their beautiful song.
You are in CT I see! ... me too. it's darn cold here.
Lovely to see another New England blogger!
Bright Blessings,
Ananda