Sunday, April 20, 2008

Springtime in Montana

Spring is my favorite season. I love the new life embodied in frolicking calves and lambs, emerging blades of green, and bulging bellies of barn cats. Spring is marked in Montana by the first trill of the meadowlark and the first high school track meet at which the athletes can wear their shorts instead of their parkas.

Another hallmark of the season is the wildly unpredictable weather. Shifts in temperature of 80 degrees in a day or two are not uncommon. Such is the case this spring, when last weekend we were riding bikes and barbecuing, and this weekend the little ones are clambering to go outside to make snowmen. I won't let them. At 14 degrees with a stiff wind, their little noses would be frozen.

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I am already feeling nostalgic for last weekend's grilled steaks. Nevertheless, we are thankful for the snow that answered a prayer for moisture and covered the tender shoots of winter wheat to protect them from the bitter cold.

4 comments:

Let Them Be Little said...

We are having crazy weather too, on last Sunday we were walking around the neighborhood admiring spring, Monday it was snowing. Crazy weather!

Happy Mommy said...

Friday was over eighty here in the south east, and tonight it might freeze. Weather is crazy!

The Pastoral Princess said...

Oh this picture is so beautiful!!! I can sympathize with the swift weather changes, although I don't know if I can say we have 80 degree swings! Dang!

Happy Spring!!!!

Mum-me said...

That really does look cold! You did say it was Spring, didn't you? Crazy weather!

 
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