For the past week or so here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve have the most spectacularly gorgeous weather! Atypical brilliant sunshine and warm, balmy temperatures. The plants are budding, the lawn is growing, and the pollen is flying! This has created quite a dichotomy in me, and has me a bit befuddled. It’s weird watching the Winter Olympics when it feels like spring. Of course, Vancouver B.C. is having the same kind of weather so it makes it even stranger. It is typical El Nino year weather.
The allergy season has now begun at least 2 months earlier than normal. The swollen eyes, sinus pressure, sneezing, and skin rashes have made a reappearance in me, as well as a lot of others. I am hoping that we will get it done and over with now, and won’t have to put up with it again when it actually is spring! There is always a trade-off, it seems.
I have been taking advantage of the great drying weather by using my clothesline once again. It feels good to have outdoor-dried laundry…and oh, the sweet smell! It dries so much faster outside, and gives me a reprieve by ridding my house of the indoor drying racks temporarily.
Still, for those of us who are used to months and months of dark, cloudy, gray, rainy days it is quite a transition. Some of us don’t know how to react to so much sunshine. Are we supposed to be all happy now? We don’t have the excuse of gloomy weather if we are in a grumpy mood! I have been walking every day… no sitting out for bad weather lately either.
My lawn is growing, well…like a weed. My neighbors have been out in full force for weeks, mowing their lawns dutifully. I have managed to elude this by just not mowing quite yet. I usually enjoy the respite I get in winter from not mowing the lawn. I am not ready to start the mowing process yet – it’s technically still winter. So shaggy lawn it is. Sorry, neighbors!
But this I know for sure – this too, shall pass. Soon the more typical gray dankness will envelope us. So endure the glorious weather for a bit longer? I guess I must.
Same weather here in Southern Oregon.. Time to garden..Yeah!! Then once something is planted, the temperatures will drop to freezing and kill all of my new delicate plants.. 🙁 False Spring is so unfair..LOL