Don’t put away those snow shovels, heavy coats and gloves just yet. Better double check that bag of salt for the sidewalk, too.
Mother Nature has done her best, teasing us that spring is right around the corner. The daffodils have jumped up out of the long-silent lawn. Within a few days, the tulips should pop up to say hello. Yet you can bet there is plenty of snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures waiting to grab our attention.
The old saying about Indiana, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around another five minutes and it will change,” rings true. Less than a week ago registration was taken for the men’s and women’s softball leagues. Will they have to clear the home plate of any snow?
Last Saturday, folks ignored the occasional raindrops to enjoy the first few days of comfortable weather. My brother-in-law, who supposedly is a winter couch potato, could be found on the golf course. Who can tell what winter will be like in March?
It is nice to see the garden shops around town preparing for their openings. Walmart is getting their patio display in order on their side parking lot. More than one produce stand is selling greenhouse items. With the promise of warm days not too far away, we will be able to plant that garden.
Remember, if you do not like Indiana weather, give it a day or two. Within days of the last snow this month, there were customers in Walmart wearing t-shirts and shorts.
Definitely, the warmer temperatures forecast for the next week is a welcome diversion from ice, snow and freezing temperatures. Yet it means only one thing—potholes. And plenty of them.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org