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?