Waiting for Spring

19 April 2011 · 3 comments

This has been a long, wet, cool spring. We’ve had a lot of wet, cool [name your season] in Oregon over the past few years, probably because of global climate change. Whatever the case, it’s really taken a toll on my psyche. I’m an Oregon native, and I love it here, but even I get fed up with this weather eventually.

Over the past week, things have begun to improve. We’ve had some sunny days. (Or days that were sunny for part of the time, anyhow.) It feels very much like it ought to — if this were the middle of February. Basically, it’s as if our weather cycle is two months behind.

I’m not the only one who’s complaining about the weather, of course. Everyone I talk to is unhappy that temperatures are running about five degrees (centigrade — nine degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than normal. Kris wants to be out in the yard, for instance. And so do the cats.

Max and Simon have been spending more time outside, but they’re not happy about it. They want the rain to stop. They want the air to warm. A lot of the time, they just do this:

Waiting for Spring
Max and Simon are unhappy with the weather.

Yesterday, the morning was gorgeous. I had some errands to do, but I planned to work in the yard during the afternoon. Hahaha! It turned cool and rainy, and I wasn’t going to work in that again. No thank you.

This morning, it’s gorgeous again. The sun is out. The sky is (mostly) clear. I’m not going to make the same mistake. I’m going to go pop some dandelions while the popping is good. And maybe I can convince some cats to help me.

1 Deborah April 20, 2011 at 08:56

It’s funny that you’re waiting for Spring – we didn’t really get one. Our temperatures in Alabama have consistently been 15-20 degrees above normal – we’ve been in the high 80’s consistently this month and last. I’m flying out to Oregon in a month or so – I’m hoping to experience some Spring weather then. :)

2 Claudia Gates May 19, 2011 at 12:11

I’m glad you like Victorian mysteries. I have a collection of 28 Agatha Christie books. I enjoyed all but one, which wasn’t a murder mystery. I would be glad to loan them to you, or you could just wait to inherit them. But hopefully that won’t be for another twenty years.

3 Claudia Gates May 19, 2011 at 12:25

That last comment from me should have been on the next A Vegetable Preoccupation blog. Sorry. I didn’t mean to confuse anyone.

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