The above title is blatantly stolen from a book by one of my favorite authors, Julia Spencer-Fleming. Or I could have titled this post, "What's Wrong with This Picture?"
This is a shot of my raised garden beds taken a few minutes ago. January 10th . . . we should have two feet of snow covering the ground at this time of year.
Then here's my pumpkin patch. The left end of it is standing water and mud.
Poor field garden! Lying there close to bare nekkid in the elements. Good thing I covered my strawberry patch within the field garden to protect the plants from the freezing and thawing this winter.
Our temperature is 37.5 degrees now at nearly 3 p.m. Lots of melting and drip, drip, dripping going on out there today. We had sunshine most of the day yesterday which made for even more melting but also lent a feeling of spring to the air.
Today? Well, with winter activities such as ski and dog sled races, ice sculpturing, snowmobiling, outdoor hockey games and snowshoeing being cancelled left and right, it feels much as if we are in the bleak midwinter of drab landscape and dampness. On the other hand, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with these pictures if it were late March or April in the north woods . . . instead of January.
But whoa there, Nellie! It doesn't have to be snow-covered or sunny to be a good day! The paved roads are clear and safe for driving, there's no snow removal to tend to today and I can certainly find P-L-E-N-T-Y to occupy my time indoors with a small fire crackling in the wood stove. I could even go into my quilt studio for a couple of hours before dinner.
Hunh. Maybe this bleak midwinter isn't such a bad time after all.