Last year at this time I was whining about the massive amounts of snow and/or ice we had been blessed with throughout the winter season. It seemed like I was never ceasing to yearn for the warmth and signs of spring. This year has thus far been the exact opposite. While so many others are getting themselves covered with a white winter blanket and at times a little more, we have not had any moisture for the entire season.
I do not miss the snow that much, as last year I did get my fill of it. Yet a nice quiet snow fall would be nice as long as it happened on a weekend and I did not have to be anywhere else. A nice pot of warm stew simmering in the stove with fresh bread in the oven. A rich cup of dark Irish tea with honey. Sounds sort of nice actually.
We have had some cold temperatures yet even there they have been few. Today was 64 and tomorrow it is to be in the 70s. With the dryness and the high winds, wildfires have been our biggest worry as of late.
Even my birds seem to not need me as much as they usually do during this winter. I have not bought near as much seed as I normally do. I have even seen signs that make me think they may be thinking about pairing up for mating.
While messing around in the yard today I stumbled across something I found quite different for the middle of winter. A couple of small stands of mushroom. Granted they were nestled in a nice bed of dry leaves as if to shelter them from the coldness if it did drop below a comfortable temperature.
One group almost looked as if the fairies had been out enjoying them leaving odd almost rune like symbols carved into them. A sign of an early spring perhaps? I do not know. It is only a little under 8 weeks away from officially starting. The days are beginning to lengthen once again as well.
Have you seen any signs that spring may be close at hand? Or has old man winter decided to lengthen his visit with you just a bit longer.