crocusThe past few days we’ve had a bit of a reprieve from a long, fairly brutal winter. Suddenly, the skies were clear and beautifully blue, allowing the sun to shine down all day. And not only did the temperatures rise above freezing, they were actually in the 50s, which meant that coats came off, and for some (not me), flip flops were donned. While I know it’s going to turn colder again later this weekend, for now, I’m just enjoying this respite, and am thinking about all of the things I like to do once spring finally arrives.

I haven’t gone wild and started wearing my summer clothes, but am actually going to put away some of my heavier sweaters and jackets this weekend, opting for lighter layers for the remaining chilly days.

The past few days, I’ve taken a lot of walks outside (as opposed to on a treadmill), to enjoy the nice weather. It’s too early for pretty flowers like the one in the photo above, but nearly all of the snow is gone, which is a welcome relief. (I briefly thought of putting a photo here of “dirty” end-of-winter snow, but it really is ugly.)

Last night I pulled my balcony furniture out of the storage closet, and started cleaning it up. I won’t be putting them outside for another month or so, but I want them ready, so that as soon as spring finally arrives, I can once again sit on my balcony reading and drinking iced tea.

Ah, iced tea. I’ve actually walked up to Starbucks a couple times the last few days, and instead of getting my usual winter drinks, have picked up iced tea to drink in my office; another spring favorite activity.

I can also sense my appetite switching over from my winter cravings of hearty soups and stews, to my usual spring and summer favorite salads. I’ve also had some serious cravings for asparagus, although I know the local stuff is a long way off.

I’ve started checking out a variety of online sites for information on plants to grow on balconies. I won’t be able to actually plant anything until late May, but want to be ready with a serious selection by that time. I’m thinking a few herbs this year, and some pretty flowers should brighten up the space.

Are your thoughts turning to spring? Have you started any spring preparations?

LinnieGayl