It’s February in upstate NY. I usually think of February as the coldest month of our winter. This isn’t always the case, but I have this association in my head. We had the tease of what spring brings about a week ago–a week of warm temperatures, melting snows, and mud galore. Now we’re back to February’s cold, with fresh snow and brisk winds.
There are other yearly rituals besides the cold and wind of this second calendar month. First, there’s Kerry’s birthday (my half-birthday) to celebrate, usually with some handmade goodness. I was all geared up to knit her a new pair of socks for her birthday this year, but she too has become addicted to knitting and so she asked me to make her a case to hold all of her needles. I can finally show it off because she received it last night at long last:
February also brings me to the start of my garden. I’ve been planning and ordering, but today I finally got to actually plant my first seeds, onion and celery. They’re all nestled in their soil, basking in the light, looking like they’re in a sauna.
I love, love, love planting and watching my seeds grow. Every morning once seed season has begun I come downstairs and go to the seed bench to see if anything has sprouted, how much taller things have gotten. When L1 was reading Little Town on the Prairie outloud the other night, I felt very akin to Grace (who’s all of 3 or 4 at this point) as she was watching their garden grow:
All one hot morning, the beans were popping out of the ground. Grace discovered them and came shrieking with excitement to tell Ma. All that morning she could not be coaxed away from watching them. Up from the bare earth, bean after bean was popping, its stem uncoiing like a steel spring, and up in the sunshine the halves of the split bean still clutched the two pale twin-leaves. Every time a bean popped up, Grace squealed again.
Can’t you just feel the sunshine on your head, smell the earth, and see those slender green stalks poking up through ground? Soon I’ll be seeing my own. In the meantime, the buds continue to grow on the trees outside and soon some of the early bulbs will begin to bloom.
What is February bringing to all of you?