Twenty-Four Days and a Wish

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”

— Anne Bradstreet

Twenty-four more days until spring arrives in the northern hemisphere.

On Tuesday, it was 45F (7C) in my part of Wisconsin, which required a walk in the neighborhood. The skies were a brilliant blue, the sun exuding warmth, and although there was a noticeable southwest breeze, it was warm enough to reject a neck gaiter and extra-warm gloves or mittens for the first time in many weeks.

The trees remain bare of buds as its still February and with it comes the opportunity for winter’s cold and the “S” word. We have to get through March and perhaps the first part of April before we can be assured of an actual spring. Wisconsinites always hope for an early spring regardless of what the groundhog predicts, but that is definitely beyond our control.

The walk on Tuesday afternoon was a reminder that a new season IS around the corner. The air is beginning to smell different, feel different. No matter if we get another cold spell or a few snowstorms prior to March 20th, this week’s warmer winds begin to tell a different story of what’s ahead.

My wish is the same as it is every year around this time – that Father Winter leaves on or before March 20th and I am on my bike by mid April.

Is that too much to ask?

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25 responses to Twenty-Four Days and a Wish

  1. quiall says:

    The sun is shining here and the temperature is going to be about the same as you. Mother nature is teasing and I hope she sticks around.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It appears the weather here will be staying in the upper 30’s to near 40 for several days and I can accept that for this time of year. Enjoy the beautiful weather, Pam.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I stumbled over that quote the other day, too. It is perfect, but like you I’m ready for this winter to be over. May your wish come true.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      February is always the tough part of winter, Ally. Once March comes, I always have high hopes for spring.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you get your wish, Mary. I never trust March to live up to its promise.

    I absolutely love the puddle-reflection photo! Such brilliant blue.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know March is never trustworthy, but it always feels like the downhill ride to spring – that it’s Thursday and it’s not much longer til the weekend.

  4. murisopsis says:

    We have had some higher temps and a good deal of snow is melting. I wish for Spring but I’ve lived in Northern Indiana long enough to not get my hopes up. (Still seeing a blue sky buoys the spirit!)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Same here in Wisconsin. I do have hopes, but reasonable ones. I know I’m probably not going to see 60’s in March unless a southern wind brings some of that stuff north.

  5. J-Dub says:

    I agree! Especially after last week. Texas thought it was Wisconsin 😁. Gorgeous picture of the puddle. The only good snow is melting snow ❄️

  6. John Holton says:

    It’s turning into spring in a hurry here. It reached 70 degrees here today, and if the forecast is correct, should get to 80 over the weekend.

  7. joey says:

    There’s definitely been a change in the air the last few days here, as well. Something detectable but hard to explain. The wind still makes it colder, but almost like there’s a bit of balmy mixed in now and again when it blows. It’s far from spring here too, but the natives can feel it comin and sometimes, that’s good enough 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I may take the beloved bike out today for a short spin. Bundled up, of course, it’s still only in the 40’s. I’ve been so anxious to feel the wind on my face again, any wind, because I’m ready.

      • joey says:

        I want you to do that and report back about your happiness. Did I mention I’ll be trimmin bushes and power washin muck? I am also excited 😀 HIGH OF 55!

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Wow, you are the kind of warm that we might get in March. High of 49 next Wednesday. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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