While growing up in rural New York, I had the privilege of working with my brother-in-law on his small dairy farm. He is gone now, and so is his farm. But, I do recall being there when he would open the barn door to allow his small herd to go outside for the very first time in the spring, after being cooped up in a stanchion during those long winter months. Much to my surprise, they cows would rush through the door and as soon as they got outside, they would kick up their heels as to say…wow, this weather is really nice. They knew greener pastures were right in front of them.
I don’t know about you folks, but I am starting to feel much like those Holsteins did. This winter seems to be longer than usual. It started with cold damp weather in November, and December brought cold snowy weather that has remained into March. It looks like a full 5 months of winter, and I know it is only supposed to be 3.
Well, I am truly looking forward to greener “pastures”, as spring is soon to grace us with its presence here in the North. Planting has started in the South, and greenhouses around the country are filled with flower and vegetable transplants. My brother says his radishes are up in his garden in South Texas, but mine will have to wait for another few months. Then, we all can kick up our heels.