Do you know how you know that you have become a true North Dakotan? You know when you start viewing anything above zero with sunshine in February as a lovely day. Seriously…lovely. That is the mentality of the truly hardy who move into their summer attire when the temperatures start to move into the mid-30s.
I have arrived – as a true North Dakotan that is. I find today to be lovely. It makes me want to look at nursery catalogs and make plans for new additions to the garden. My mind has moved beyond the dreary doldrums of winter and into a state of temperate cheer. I am a North Dakotan.
Not that it is time for summer attire yet. But it is coming – soon. I am extraordinarily happy with the forecast for this week. Not that it denotes an early spring or anything crazy like that. What it provides is an outlook of a week that is pleasantly tolerable. Sure, we have those sub-zero lows in the coldest part of the days, but for me, the snowman is half-melted.
It may be too soon to ponder drinking my morning coffee out on the deck in my pajamas (in fact, given my pajamas this may never be a good idea), but it is the promise that tolerable temperatures bring that make them that much more pleasant.
Day one thousand three hundred and twenty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da