Monday, March 24, 2008

The irises don't know its still winter

My grandma has said that if it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain for 7 Sundays thereafter. Well yesterday was Easter, and at one point I looked out the window and saw snow flurries. Yes, it snowed on Easter Sunday. I do not know what this means exactly, but I am dreading the next 7 Sundays.

Last week was spring break, but it certainly didn’t feel like spring. This winter has been the longest winter I can remember. I’ve been cold since October. At first it was kind of a novelty, to feel cold again after a year of living practically on the equator. I remained cheerful until about January, but here we are at the end of March and I am well past the point of what I can endure. It feels like ice is running through my veins and I wonder if I will ever thaw.

My grandma wrote me a letter last week and asked if the iris bulbs I planted last fall were coming up yet. The thing is, they are. There are little bulbs sprouting all over the neighborhood, and I look at them with consternation, worrying that the poor things will freeze before spring ever arrives. Didn’t anybody tell the irises its still winter?

I am wondering if anybody knows any old farmer’s tales of what the signs of a long winter are. I’ve read that when spiders spin larger than normal webs or when wooly worms have a certain coloration pattern, these are indicators that a long winter is ahead. But Urbana spiders seem puny to me after a year in the jungle, and I don’t remember what the wooly worms looked like last fall. If anyone else knows what any of the signs of an impending long winter are (grandma probably knows a few), please send them my way. I’d like to be prepared for the next one.

There’s still a chance for me to get a good night’s sleep, so I’m going to try my best to get some rest. Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

POOR CONFuSED IRISES!!!!!! Hopefully they will survive this LONG WINTER, but remember Dennis said, they won't bloom this SPRING!!!!!-:( and about the wooley worms,, and spiders,,,,,,,, bet grampa george would be able to tell you a FARMER's story....... I think the bestest thing to do, is NEXT JANUARY , just go to the EQUATOR, and thaw your frozen veins. and not come back to IL, until APRIL!!! hang in there, , luv you, foxy mama

amypfan said...

Our irises are starting to come up too, which made me think of you. I'd suggest checking a farmer's almanac. Or perhaps reading some Laura Ingalls Wilder. :)