Cindy DeCarolis

Ode To February

“Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spittin’; if you’re not mitten-smitten, you’ll be frostbitten! By jing-y feels spring-y.”

– The Old Farmer’s Almanac

I found this quote from The Old Farmer’s Almanac and thought how perfectly it sums up February. Having been born in February I personally have always been a fan of the month, despite the frigid temperatures and never-ending snow.

On the plus side, February is a short month and for me it is filled with the promise of spring. Come February 28th we will be just 20 days away from the first day of spring. And although we all know that spring weather doesn’t arrive in upstate New York with the first day of spring, we know it is coming – eventually.

I take comfort in knowing that below the blanket of snow, flowers and plants are preparing to burst through the earth at the first sign of warmth. It is so exciting when I am out walking and begin to see snowdrops and crocuses peaking up. In Wegmans and Trader Joe’s, February brings tulips and irises; the colors are so cheerful and refreshing.

Before my dad passed away in 2015, he used to give me a birthday card every year and the only thing he would write on it was “40º below 0” – apparently my mom went into labor with me in the middle of the night during a raging snowstorm and it was 40 degrees below zero. So sorry, mom and dad!

Frigid temperatures and snowstorms are typical of February, but there are also sunny days and the occasional February thaw. There is nothing better than a beautiful February day with sparkling white snow, a bright blue sky, and a gleaming yellow sun.

I love to be outdoors on those days. Recently we had a few of them and I was lucky enough to get out for some walks on the Erie Canal. This photo was taken on the Erie Canal between Pittsford and Bushnell’s Basin. As always, wishing you peace, bliss, and balance…

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