As much as I really wasn't convinced there was abundant life just under the surface a month ago,
Yesterday the children and I saw the first butterfly.
The herb garden has been raked and inspected, the medicine garden has been cleaned and trimmed and loved.
So I've smiled sheepily back at Spring, and have planted the seeds.
Currently I'm most excited about our fenced garden - where we put things that need to be kept safe from dogs and children running wild.
It was tended to specially this year, thanks to our dear friends who lent us their tiller.
So we've dug up the perennials,
shoveled an entire mountain of compost,
and turned the earth again.
The earth feels light and rich - more than ready to sustain a great amount of life.
Now I have stepping stones beautifully arrayed with lettuces and celery (thanks go again to Julie and Lee for those!), among the chard and strawberries,
chives and lavender, spinach and beets.
It's a wonderful tumble bumble of early spring goodliness, certainly.
It looks so beautiful, these stones and all the lovely little plants dancing around them.
now the skies are dark, again, and we're promised snow and rainstorms every day for the forseeable future--it will be cold, and dark, and gray.