Some negative-thinkers might have stepped outside this morning, looked at the three feet of snow on the ground, felt the -8 degree (F) temperature, and whined “springtime is NEVER gonna get here!” I, however, am a positive-thinker, and even though the official spring is still three weeks away, I consider this day to be my own personal First Day of Spring!
And in that spirit, I went out for a bike ride. I know I’ve publicized my New Years Resolution of bicycling every single day in 2019, but I have to admit that I’ve already missed several days–probably more than ten days. But on this first day of my own personal spring–taking Emily’s advice–my New Year’s resolution starts THIS week.
I got dressed up in layers and took my mountain bike out for a ride in search of flora and fauna. (I suppose a SUPER-positive-thinker would have ridden his roadie bike and worn tights and a spring jacket, but I’m more of a SENSIBLE positive-thinker.) The sky was blue, the sun was bright, the air was crisp, and not a single flake of snow was falling. Yes, it really was like the first day of spring. True, the geese weren’t flying north, the robins aren’t nesting, the trees are still barren of leaves, the tulips aren’t blooming, and the ice dams on my roof aren’t melting–but hey–those are the thoughts of negative-thinkers.
I descended out of the mountains having seen no alpine wildflowers. No flowers of any kind, actually. No moss, grass or weeds either. But flora does include trees and I saw plenty of those. Plus, in keeping with my theme of positive-thinking, trees without leaves hardly block the view at all.
As for fauna–that presented a little more of a challenge for my positivity. There was nothing out there. I thought sure I’d see some little birds or squirrels or some other lowly form of animal life. I didn’t. On the positive side though, there were no mosquitoes either.
I had given up the search when, less than a block from my home, I spotted a crow in a tree. I ripped off my gloves, dug into my coat pocket for my phone and aimed it up into the view-blocker. I couldn’t see the crow on my screen, but I snapped the picture and hoped for the best.
Have a great spring everybody!