Yes, I know this is Canada. I know it is still early March. I know that spring does not oficially arrive until March 20th. I know that Winter could sneak back and bite us in the a**, BUT…
I hereby officially announce that in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Spring is here.
Every year, our family has an informal contest on who will spot the first robin of spring. Now usually Daughter #2, Lindi, who lives in Vancouver, sees the robin first. Second place would go to Daughter #3, Carla, , who lives in Montreal, or to me in Toronto, followed by Daughter #4, Monica, or Daughter #1, Michelle, who both live in Ottawa.
Since I was staying with Monica and her family, I decided to make a chart and get the kids involved in the “robin spotting”. Well, that came back to bite me in the b**, because I quickly realized that I would have to give a prize to all of the kids.
Monica, who is recovering slowly from pericarditis, an inflammation around the heart, spotted the first robin of 2012, on March 7, which is quite early. It was an unseasonably warm day with high winds from the southwest and we figure the robins were borne in on the stiff breeze. I don’t know if they even knew where they were.
Today is the beginning of March Break from school. For once we can call it “spring” break and not sound like wistful fools. The snow is almost gone and the weather promises to be warm (around 50º +) and mostly sunny.
My Bermuda sister came for another visit and we went for a walk on our trail. It was all clear and just beautiful. Yesterday evening Hubby and I went for another walk on the trail and we found it covered with water!!! We had to turn back!!!
But that’s spring! Warm, cold, sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, SPRING!!!