Oh, man. The equinox said it's spring now, but it's still kinda cold and there's still snow and maybe even more snow is coming, and, and, where is the sun, and, rain? Really, rain? There has to be so much of you?
We feel ya. It's a tough time of year, when the anticipation of warm and green and, you know, feeling-like-spring just gets unbearable. Like you can't deal with one more snowflake or you're going to bust.
Patience, dear birds, patience. We know it can be hard. We know winter seems like it doesn't stop coming. But it will. The world outside knows it, too. The Robins are back, bobbing on lawns and doing their cute little run-pause-run on their cute little stick legs. We hear them chitter away, and the Eastern Phoebes that have returned as well, with their wheezy little voices.
A great way to get excited about this part of spring is to get to know your neighbors! Cornell University's All About Birds is a sweet resource to learn who has moved in for the season. The audio clips let you listen to their calls so you can know who is cheeping and chirping.
But, since outside is not everything you want it to be, this is a great time to channel that anticipatory energy into a Spring Cleaning! It is a perfect moment to refresh and renew your indoor-spaces so that you can really enjoy the outdoors when the time is right. If you missed our post on the history and ritual of spring cleaning, you can check it out here. If you are already gung-ho on the idea of digging into your spring clean, arm yourself with our line of awesome, non-toxic, plant-based cleaners and get your groove on!
Other ways to make it through these pre-green days?
- Stop and notice the sun on your face on those beautiful days where the sun is out.
- Take advantage of a rainy day by relaxing with a mug of tea and feeling all the feels as you watch the rain come down.
- Appreciate those afternoons where, hey, maybe you don't need a heavy coat anymore.
- Bring some plants or flowers into your home. (The plants on this list are especially good because they purify your air!)
- Draw up plans for a garden! Even if you've never done it before or live somewhere without a yard, you can grow vegetables and herbs in a container. We'll have some thoughts on that in upcoming posts.
- Make plans to check out some spring programs at nature centers near you. (We have a post here highlighting some of these for the Capital District!)
No matter what you do, hang in there! Keep your eyes open and your senses perked, you'll know spring is coming in. Even if there should be more snow, it won't last. It'll melt, the grass will turn green, the days will warm. You got this.
In anticipatory solidarity,
The Tidy Thyme Crew