Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Powering Up

Sigh.
I know it's gardening weather somewhere in the world.
But it isn't quite here yet up in the northeast corner of the states.
But two bulbs are up at my house...the solar powered yard light bulbs... They were exposed and shining a couple of nights ago.   We must have finally had enough light during the day to melt back the snow and power them up!  Spring at last!  I can feel me starting to power up, too!
There is such a sense of shivery excitement when I smell spring, and I smelled it this week.  It smells like water and mud here in Maine.  Some people smell flowers and green growing things and associate them with spring.  But here, it is the smell of melting snow (yes, I believe it does have a smell), and the smell of earth warming up - like cookies just starting to bake (yes, earth smell is delicious).
It has a wet coldness to it.  It may still be 30 degrees or less, but the air has changed from dry and flaky to moist and heavy.
What?  Baking terms again?
I guess so.
Let's go with that:  Spring is yummy!
It's a bit of honey sweetness added to the dry winter ingredients before the whole summer baked batch of cookies comes out of the oven.
It may snow again soon...and even much later.  It is snowing again right now.  But these snows of March don't last very long and are being changed into Maple syrup even as I write.  I can feel the awakening, the powering up.
In the north the seasons' changings are powerful and wonderful...
and somehow full of food and baking images today...
I think I'll make some cookies now,
for Spring's sake.

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  1. It is so interesting to read the process the seasons go through in different parts of the country. The bulbs appearing cracked me up. Enjoy those cookies. :-)

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    1. Mud season has started here. It makes unpaved driveways awful...slushy snow on top of mud, on top of ice. Makes a nice slippery soup to walk in! There are more mud rooms in Maine than foyers. Maple Syrup cookies for today, in honor of tree tapping month! Yum!

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  2. Spring is yummy! That made me smile! :)

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    1. I don't know what the food issue was today! But Spring just seems yummy to me!

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  3. I am ready for real bulbs to begin showing through....there was snow your way, and now there is snow coming our way! :(

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    1. And after you get it, we are getting it again! Lots of snow this year! I hardly dare to look at the weather map anymore.

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  4. Yes, the excitement and smell of good things to come! I love the smell of dirt when the sun warms it up--must be the farmer in us. Your post got me excited even more. It's snowing heavily now--it will melt!

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    1. It melts so fast now that I don't even worry about it - except if I can't get somewhere. Just came from the grocery store where I saw everyone else in town making sure they had enough food in the house to take us through yet another storm that's coming.

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  5. I received a hanging basket today in the mail (minus the flowers). It made me long for spring even though I love snow! Maybe later this week if I can smell the spring, I would be more willing to let go of the snow.

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    1. I have the Gurney's flower and vegetable Seed and Nursery Co. catalog that I've been drooling over. I want to plant some flowers!

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  6. It is amazing, isn't it? Snow in the spring feels, smells, sounds like something else is coming! Spring!

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    1. Yes, it is! I love sensing the changeover!

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  7. Donna,
    I baked biscotti today so I guess I was perfectly prepared for the simmering pot of wonderful words I found when I stopped by your post. I love the way you capture that little space between winter and spring --- and I agree it does have a smell. Though I'm not as far north as you, I can relate to this statement, "In the north the seasons' changings are powerful and wonderful." I can't really imagine living in the south because I've realized how much I mark time by seasons. My whole world revolves around the way they change. Thanks for taking us to the edge of winter and placing our toes into spring.

    Cathy

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    1. Same here, about living in the South. It would be difficult for me, I think, not really having a big change. Dry to wet wouldn't be enough.

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