Do You Think It’s Possible That Spring Will Actually Arrive? by Kathy Smith

Do you think it’s possible that spring will actually arrive this year?  Did it get frozen along with all of us during our record setting cold February?

Spring 2015 is probably the most anticipated spring ever— not only here in northeastern Ohio but all across our country. From the poor people around Boston with their 100 plus inches of snow and collapsing roofs to the citizens of our southern states who should not even be thinking about snow, ice and below freezing temperatures, let alone driving in it.

When spring finally arrives this year, there is going to be some celebrating!  Here in our neck of the woods, we are supposed to be used to the cold,snow and ice. But after days of trying to walk to the barn on the ice without falling, shivering and lack of hot water and gas, it just isn’t fun anymore. We really do not appreciate something until we don’t have it. I learned that several times this winter.

I can’t count all the people who had frozen water pipes (sometimes more than once),some that were sure they were well enough insulated or were going to be fine. But Old Man Winter had different ideas.  There may be some long-term problems due to this extreme cold and heavy snow. One of them is the lack of food for everything from wild turkeys to rabbits and all other critters. Our neighbor has a front yard birdfeeder and three wild turkeys have found it.   My mom had a pheasant in her yard recently looking for something to eat. A turkey hunter told me he thinks this winter will have a huge effect on the spring turkey hunting season.

But there are already hints that winter may be losing its tight grip on us. Back at Christmas time, someone told me that the “Old Farmers’ Almanac” predicted a very hard winter with a break finally coming in mid-March. Apparently they also agree with Punxatauny Phil who saw his shadow on Groundhog Day and said we would have another 6 weeks of winter. Boy was he right!

When the snow and ice finally melt off of the driveway, I’m going to celebrate by walking (maybe even running) around it at least two or three times since I spent all winter baby-stepping with a fork handle trying to keep from falling. Then I’m going to take a walk in the woods because we’ll finally be able to find the paths.  However, I’m not getting my hopes up too much, this is Ashtabula County after all and we will have more snow and ice just maybe not months of it.  I’m not giving up my lined jeans or fuzzy socks just yet.  And there’s a new rule at our house—-no matter how hot it gets this summer, NOBODY is allowed to complain about the heat!

Kathy Smith is a farm wife from Wayne Township. She writes for the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau.