Sure-fire Signs That Spring Has Sprung in Indiana
You know better times are ahead when you see these things.
Published on: March 30, 2010
OK, you want to know if spring is here to stay? Here are some of the ways I decide if it's springtime or not. You've probably got your own list. Sometimes a body just knows when the season is changing, especially if you're leaving nasty old man winter behind.
By the way, I think it's sprung. That doesn't mean every day will be warm and 70 degrees. That would be boring anyway. If you want 70 degrees and sunny day in and day out, try Cancun - just watch out for he drug lords.
Here's my top 10 list, in reverse order, of course.
Ten. Jaybirds leave the corn alone. We put out ears of corn on an old-fashioned corn drying rod that holds 10 ears about Christmas time. It was supposed to be for squirrels. But when all the snow hit, he Jaybirds attacked it daily. They ate everything off, and we reloaded with 10 new ears of corn. But now that the snow is gone, they're not eating it. They must be finding worms and such elsewhere- a sure sign of spring. Of course, we've got no squirrels because the cat scares them off.
Nine. Birds chirp every morning. Once they start, they never stop. Even if it drops to 35 degrees some morning, they're still out there chirping away.
Eight. Grass gets green. My mother just told someone that our yard is still brown, spring must not be here yet. I love grandma but she can't see worth, well, she can't see so good. There's a bare spot near her window anyway. The grass is greening up nicely. Now it just needs to grow.
Seven. My mowers aren't ready - Ah, I fooled Mother Nature this time. I always put them away needing work, and get them out after the neighbor mows a couple times- he's an early mower. But this time I got my daughter's boyfriend to do it for me last weekend. So I'm ready to rock and roll. Bring on the green!
Six. Rocks in the yard - I certainly appreciated my neighbor bringing his four-wheel drive and plowing out my barnyard, not once but twice. But now that the snow is gone, I can see the rocks in the green grass where his blade got a little too aggressive.
Five. Snow flurries in the forecast - Yep, someone is talking about it- one more quick blast before April sets in for real. It wouldn't be April if we didn't get at least one blustery day and some snow flakes during the first week of the month.
Four. Hear that garden tiller running? - I've heard a neighbor's tiller at work. He looked to be planting potatoes and onions. I haven't heard mine yet. Come to think of it, I won't hear my push tiller ever again. I seeded three-fourths of the garden to grass and sold it so I wouldn't be tempted. I've still got one that goes behind the tractor - I'll get my postage stamp garden spot ready with it when the time comes.
Three. The first fly - I'm still waiting. In the meantime, these lady bug Halloween beetles survived the whole winter in our house, and they're driving us nuts. Anyone know how to get rid of them?
Two. I can touch the barn ceiling - It's nine feet tall. I'm not nine feet tall. But when there's a three-foot manure pack on the floor, I can touch it- with my head. It's partly by design, the barn my dad milked in was built during the only year they wrote articles about how good it was to use the manure pack system for cows in Prairie Farmer. I've still got the article to prove it. I'm not so sure but what old Carl Eiche, long-time senior editor fro Indiana Prairie Farmer, didn't write it. And by the way, that's sign 1.5 that spring is coming- Carl and his lovely bride Harriet will soon be headed home from Texas to Frankfort for the summer. Harriet heads to the back yard, Carl heads to the golf course.
One. Drumroll please - I know it's spring for sure when spring break is this week, and my kids still at home have gone south, leaving me to do all the work. This one doesn't need any explanation.