I came up with several more logical titles for this post, but I just couldn’t get Jeff Foxworthy out of my head. I kept hearing him say something like “If you bring your honey flowers and heart-shaped briar leaves for Valentine’s Day, you might be a redneck”. I spotted the daffodils blooming last night. I’m sure they bloomed yesterday, but I didn’t go into that part of the yard until dark. Yesterday was in the upper 70’s, if I recall correctly. Today, it’s in the low 40’s and the wind is blowing something fierce. It’s enough to make me want to cry. I know, it’s nothing compared to the rest of the winters out there, but after yesterday, it feels really cold. I know, again, I’m a wuss.
I should not have forgotten that winter was not over. Several years ago, we literally got snow after the bluebonnets bloomed! I used to have a photo to prove it too, but I lost it when my computer crashed. I think. The problem is that when the calendar says “March”, I think spring. I know that technically it is in fact still winter, but on the 1st of March it is spring to me! I even washed up all of my warm-ups (fleece clothes) yesterday and hung them in the closet. I almost packed them away, but I didn’t have quite the courage. Good thing too. Guess what I’m wearing right now. Yep, my red warm-ups and my fuzzy house shoes with socks!
I went out to the post office this morning. That was when I came face to face with the wind and my ration of realisation that winter is still here (even if it is mild compared to the winter of others). When I got home is when I saw the heart-shaped briar leaves. Nature run amuck can be quite fascinating too. Just overlook how ugly all that overgrown brambly crap is and look at those sweet heart-shaped leaves! Don’t even think of those little thorns on them either. They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Just a little something to remember when you visit the country.