The past couple of days, the temperatures have been downright springlike, with highs in the sixties. There’s this weird juxtaposition of seeing melting mounds of snow in my yard while sitting on the deck in my shorts.
Still, that rise in temperature was all the incentive I needed to whip the covers off my outdoor kitchen to do a bit of grilling out. It’s sort of a ritual for me – the simple act of that first cookout is the beginning of the end of winter for me. As the snow melts, I can feel my depression melting away with it – the warmth of the sun renews my spirit, and gets me excited about waking up in the morning and all of the things I have to do in the days to come. Starting with airing out the house – winter has a way of making the air a bit stuffy, and the act of airing out the house and doing a bit of spring cleaning begins to bring me out of my winter funk.
And one of the things I have been doing this week is planning out my garden for this year. I’m so looking forward to it, and to the farmers markets, and to it being warm enough for long enough for me to be able to fire up my pizza oven. I can’t wait!
What spring rituals do you have? What are you looking foward to doing in this beautiful weather?