My Thanksgiving cactus has beautiful white blooms on it. What is wrong with that? It is February! Thanksgiving was three months ago. There are several pretty yellow dandelions in my yard. I talked with a friend in the Columbus area and his crocus and daffodils were blooming.
My son and I went for dinner last Sunday at one of our favorite places, the local Airport Restaurant. There were several planes already parked and planes flying in and out all while we were there. The restaurant was filled with people, many who came for the owner's good pie and coffee. Motorcycle riders were on all the roads, neighbor boys were out riding their ponies. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.
On Thursday of last week the temperature reached almost 80 degrees. People were out in T-shirts and shorts. Then we had thunder and lightning, and by Saturday it was rain, sleet, snow, high winds and back to winter coats! Mother Nature just can't seem to make up her mind.
At Christmastime, if children here received sleds, ice skates, skis, Carharts, mittens, toboggans or new snow boots, they were disappointed, as we didn't have enough snow to get out and enjoy them. There was never enough snow to build snowmen or even have a good snowball fight. Yet in some areas, it was white-outs and deep drifts. Some areas have had rain, rain and more rain, flooding in areas that had never been known to flood before. High winds, tornados and destructive storms have occurred in other places. I'm sure some people feel that Mother Nature is upset with them. In my area, it was mild days and warm for this time of year.
While it has been nice to not have to fight icy roads and snow drifts, and dairy farmers have especially enjoyed not having to worry about getting milk trucks in and out, I am not sure that not having a "normal" winter is good thing. Viruses run rampant -- germs and "bugs" are not killed by the freezing weather. The ground does not go through the normal freezing and thawing routine. The trees, bushes and flowers are confused, causing many to grow and bloom prematurely and then, if an unexpected late frost comes along, they are killed. Animals haven't known whether to grow heavy hair coats or start shedding! Many baby animals are being born now. Will the sunshine and proper spring weather they need to survive come, or will severe cold weather set in and cause problems?
The uncertain weather has us all wondering what lies ahead. One person I talked to recently said they were hoping it wouldn't snow in May! According to the calendar, spring is March 20, only a few days away. Will we definitely have spring type weather or will Mother Nature still be upset and confused?
Farmers have been getting their machinery ready and are hoping for good spring days that will let them get into the fields and start planting. I am hoping Mother Nature will be kind and give us a good week of weather for our Ohio Holstein Convention Sale on March 10. We have a lot of outstanding consignments to clip and prepare so they will look their best for the sale. The wash rack can be a cold place on a chilly spring day. And so can sitting on a chair doing paperwork in a barn at the fairgrounds. Things go much better when the weather is agreeable.
One thing is certain, we are not in control. Mother Nature will makes the choices in what she sends. Let's just hope that the arrival of March has put her in a good mood!