tear open the shutters, throw up the sash

— February 20, 2017

It’s the middle of February and the weather out here in the Midwest has felt more like May. It’s crazy!

This winter has been especially harsh when it comes to sickness. I have only had one week since January where all of my wee ones went off to school and preschool as planned. The rest of the time, at least one of them has been sick and I even had my own round of sickness.

They have been on a long weekend break from school and with the 60+ degree weather over these past few days, I tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. I had to air out the house in an effort to expunge the premises of germs.

We also played outside early in the morning and later at night. Unless the sirens made the coyotes howl, and then we had to run into the house like mad. Dadgum coyotes foiled our plans again.

Sure, you can go outside when it is cold, but it changes the feeling when the temperatures do not require a hat with ear flaps and a coat that can be wrapped around your neck to keep the harshness out.

So, my winter legs met up with the winter grass, an unlikely meeting. Normally, my winter legs meet up with the late spring grass.

I headed out with plans to take nature pics because it has been a while and it is one of my favorite subjects to shoot. It occurred to me though as I looked around, that I would need to reconsider what I thought would be photo-worthy. It’s February and there is no beautiful snow. There is lots of dead grass all around and plenty of dead plants that I never cleaned up in the fall because we had a really warm fall and I could not bring myself to get rid of perfectly good plants. Then super crazy cold weather hit and I could not bring myself to get rid of plants when I was perfectly warm inside.

So, I tried to be all artistic and look for beauty around me. It actually was wonderful to be out and to smell the smells of earthiness that you would not normally smell this time of year. But, photo opps were slim in the small circle that I traveled on my walk.

That doesn’t really make you want to be there.

And that just makes you feel like your “to-do” list just got longer.

Add one more thing to the “to-do” list.

Well, I tried to be open-minded. I enjoyed myself immensely out there in nature but there was not much to share. Aside from my shadow with a swollen knee and super large feet. That’s entertaining.