Spring is (Not) in the Air

Would you trust this guy?

It’s a cruel irony to have to plan your summer vacation in the middle of the winter. But when you hope to rent a house near the water in July or August, you have to start planning in January lest your perfect beach bungalow get snatched up by someone more on the ball than you. I’ve spent the last couple of days perusing websites for summer rental homes in Maine, Cape Cod, Long Island, the Jersey Shore, and it’s simultaneously excited me (summer vacation!) and depressed me (because how can you get excited about summer vacation when it’s still so cold outside?).

A few weeks ago Punxsutawney Phil–as well as Staten Island Chuck–told us we should expect an early spring (and, yes, I believed them). And now my daffodils have started to come up, even earlier than they did last year, a sure indication that the warmer weather is here. But does it feel to you like spring is in the air? Me neither. The temperatures outside still feel freezing, and the seemingly endless days of rough winds make it worse. I crank up the heat the minute I get home and walk around in several layers of clothing.

The days are getting longer and I hear birds chirping early in the morning. My inbox is filled with ads from companies hocking sandals and bathing suits. Everything seems to point to spring. So why am I still so darned cold? And why is the snow still piled thick in some parts of town? Perhaps because it’s still February?

Tomorrow, and again on Tuesday, we are expecting more rain and snow. But it does seem there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of temperatures in the 20s and 30s, next week they’ll be in the 40s (even up to 47 according to weather.com!) and I can only hope it will get better from there. After all, I have a beach house to get to in July.

Are you witnessing any signs of spring in your neck of the woods? And are you already working on summer vacation plans?

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  1. I am getting by these miserably cold days by thinking of my vacation to Disney World in a couple of weeks, where the temps in in the high 70s and low 80s.

  2. I just got back from a business trip to Miami. This weather stinks – but as soon as the first daffodil and hosta shoots are out, my own person groundhog will be devouring them. He lives under my porch and nothing I’ve tried keeps him away.

  3. I don’t mind 30- and 40-degree temps but these sub-freezing temps are killing me. Tired of my bubble coats and hat hair. Want to wear open-toed shoes again. Want to start digging in the garden.

  4. Whenever I am in a mosquito-infested swap like Florida, I always get a good feeling about brisk sunny winter days in New Jersey.

  5. Spiro, Miami is a world class city now. I wouldn’t want to live there, but I wouldn’t call it a swamp. It’s booming.

  6. Perhaps you simply have to stop rooting around in the Everglades in vain hopes of snaring one of those bounties on Burmese pythons, Spiro.

  7. I love this weather. I have no problem bundling up to go outside. It’s summer and the 90+ temperatures where you can’t take anything else off and the only escape is being trapped inside with air conditioning that I don’t like.

  8. I am just the opposite. I hate grey, dreary days, wind in my face, drafts, black ice (as a runner, this is anathema!). Summer days are like a big, warm, comforting blanket to me.

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