Snow and ice and Lenten sacrifice

Snow meltDuring my week between jobs, I’ve been working my way through Two Gardeners: Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence – A Friendship in Letters edited by Emily Herring Wilson, which is the February selection of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club. In a letter dated June 15, 1959, Katharine White adds, “P.S. It is 48 degrees here today and has been this for 48 hours. Discouraging.”

I have to agree with Mrs. White. Were it June, 48 degrees would be greatly discouraging. And by greatly discouraging, I mean it would make me cry long wracking sobs into my pillow while Steve tried to pull me out of bed by one leg.

But it’s not June. It’s February. And as I read that line, it was, in fact, 48 degrees outside, which is positively balmy for this time of year.

Today has been even better. I met Steve and my friend Alison downtown for lunch, and when I left the house, I passed the mailman. He was wearing shorts. Shorts. Bare knees and all that jazz. Just before I got to the restaurant, I noticed another bank displaying 55 degrees on their sign.

I actually considered sitting outside to read Two Gardeners. I know that would last about five minutes, because it’s really not that warm, but compared to the temperatures we were having even just last week, this is pretty fabulous.

I feel a little dirty. Here it is, Ash Wednesday, and I should be abstentious, self-sacrificing, demure. Instead, the warm sunshine is melting the snow into rivers along the curbs, and it puts me in a mood of celebration and excess. I declare to one and all that this year, I’m giving up snow and ice for Lent, because really, who needs them?

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8 Responses to “Snow and ice and Lenten sacrifice”


  1. 1 Carol February 21, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Hey, I’m giving up snow and ice, too! I’m so happy it is all melting, like the wicked witch of the west!

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener February 22, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Carol, I’m glad someone else is in on the plan. The only problem is that I fear Mother Nature hasn’t received her copy of the memo yet. I fear more snow in the Iowa future…

  3. 3 Sissy February 22, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I am giving up snow, ice and chips!!
    (and I am Lutheran!!)

  4. 5 inadvertentgardener February 22, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Sissy, I added sweets to the list, but I’d much rather just give up snow and ice.

    Annie, thanks for stopping by! :-)

  5. 6 Sally February 23, 2007 at 6:24 am

    Yea…well…don’t be in too big of hurry. Did you SEE the forcast? Now the *real* February/March is showing up. I don’t know how long you’ve been in Iowa, but the Girls State Basketball is coming up and we always get an ice storm over that week. (Well, 99.9% of the time anyway.) Sounds like a bad one is coming. Stay safe.

  6. 7 inadvertentgardener February 23, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Sally, I saw the forecast, but tried not to believe it. I swear.

    Sigh.

    It’s going to be a doozy.


  1. 1 Newsflash: I can’t give up something I don’t control « The Inadvertent Gardener Trackback on February 23, 2007 at 10:08 pm

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