After all that devastating rain and snow-melt, for the past several days here in the Northeast we’ve been enjoying the kind of unseasonably warm, restorative weather normally not seen until June. From one day to the next, daytime temperatures rose from the 40’s to over 70. We’re expecting a record-setting high of 80 today, and even higher tomorrow.
Overnight my appetite shifted from wanting only warming homey meals like chili or a good substantial soup, to craving salads and cold dishes. Yesterday it was so warm in the house, I had to turn on the air conditioning for a bit.
This is the kind of weather that beckons us to forget about commitments that keep us indoors – like our jobs or searching for one. It makes us want to chuck all responsibility and find a reason, or no reason at all, to head outside.
There’s the barest hint of green in the trees. But it smells good, feels good, and sounds good out there. Makes me think of when I was young and couldn’t wait until the weather was warm enough to try out the new roller skates I got for Christmas on the neighborhood cul-de-sac.
Antsy with spring fever, I don’t feel like working, but I’ll finish up what’s pressing and close up shop as early as I can today. Although it’s still early, there are a few things I can putter with in my garden. The big pots of tarragon, lemon thyme, and other herbs I over-wintered in the garage are showing new green and need to be hauled outside.
Or maybe I can locate a pair of roller skates somewhere.
If you’re experiencing this kind of weather today, please try to get outside, if even briefly. If you can’t get out, maybe this video I tracked down will make you feel better.
Sit back for 5 minutes or so and enjoy Gene Kelly doing a carefree tap dance number on roller skates from the 1955 movie “It’s Always Fair Weather”. If this doesn’t make you smile . . .
Can you do what he does on 8 little wheels?
Photo by Meg Guiseppi