watercolor on paper
Most years, as soon as we get through the shortest day of the year he starts saying "Winter is on the run!" Mind you, the shortest day of the year occurs in December, and where we live winter pretty reliably lasts through March, but that doesn't phase him.
This year he has taken it a step further. Using a calculation method known only to him, he has been having a count down and informing me of each milestone we hit. According to him "Happy Winter is 65% Over Day" was actually on Monday. Today might actually be 67.3% Over Day, but I decided a little rounding couldn't hurt.
My system for tracking the progress of Spring's arrival is a little more straight forward. I watch for nature's cues.
graphite on paper
My snowdrops and winter aconites are up and blooming. The daffodil leaves are several inches tall. And the tips of the other Spring bulbs are starting to appear above ground.
We have had a mild winter, so I am finding hubby's emails entertaining. Last year I might have felt differently. You may recall that I was soliciting photos of Spring's arrival in other places because I wasn't sure if it would ever show up here and stay.
This week, to celebrate Spring's approach, I completed the sketch at the top of this post using the photo below for inspiration.
photo ©2011 M. J. Muir
I received this photo last year from Mary Jane who lives in Vancouver, Canada. The original sketch is now waiting to be mailed. This taste of Spring will be arriving in MJ's mailbox any day.
I hope that Spring is arriving as quickly as a sketch sent through the mail to those of you who are waiting patiently for it.
For those folks in the southern hemisphere, I hope winter takes her time arriving.
Happy Winter is 65% Over Day to everyone!!
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