#WeekendCoffeeShare – Oh Spring, Where are Thou?

Good morning! Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare, thank you for joining me on this cold wintery spring morning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a draft of this post written out on Thursday night and was ready to post but decided to scrap and re-write it the last minute because of this picture…

I took this yesterday as I headed to my oral surgeon’s clinic. My appointment was at 8 AM. I arrived at this light at 7:57 AM, thinking I have 3 minutes to turn left at this light and then another left into the parking lot. By the time I finally turned left at this light, it was 8:03 AM and it was 8:07 AM when I at last pulled into the parking lot.

Utah weather is sure surprising. You know why? When I left home, there was nothing but a few flurries but when I arrived at this light less than 10 miles away, there were big fat snowflakes landing on my windshield and I could barely see out of my car’s windshield.

I ended up nearly 10 minutes late to my appointment even though I left home 15 minutes early. The 10-mile drive should’ve taken me around 15 minutes on a typical day took me 40 minutes yesterday. “I was stuck at the traffic light for over 5 minutes!” I apologized to the front desk receptionist when I arrived.

She chuckled “It’s fine. Every mother is probably trying to drop their child off at school.” There’s a school directly across from the dental clinic.

It was a quick appointment and the oral surgeon’s verdict? I need another surgery in a month. Ugh… 😕

By the time my appointment was over, I found the ground covered in a semi-slushy snow and my car (the white one in the middle) covered in a coat of fluffy snow. Thankfully, I always carry a snow brush in case of situation like this. After getting rid of the snow on the windows and blasting the defroster on high for both the front and back windshields, I slowly pulled out of the parking lot and braved another drive home.

This was the second time this week I’ve driven under such circumstance. The first was on Wednesday as I was heading home from the office when I was caught in a sudden snow storm. I could barely make out what’s ahead until I was less than 10 miles from home.

I may have lived in Utah for almost 16 years but I don’t have enough practice driving in these conditions. Mom would never let me out of the house driving if there’s snow unless there’s an emergency like this one.

We are now 25 days into meteorological spring and 6 days after the spring equinox. Yet, we’re still having these snow storms. Oh Spring, where are thou?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I will be in an anxious mess all weekend. Again, because of the weather.

When we hit the 50-degree mark last weekend, I decided to transplant some of the cold-hardy things outside in an effort to clear my seedling shelf. I transplanted broccoli, broccoli raab (rapini) into the new raised bed and strawberries, lettuce, violas, and pansies into the planter in the front yard. Now, the weather is calling for a prolong freeze for the next couple of nights, at least until middle of next week.

After yesterday’s storm, under frost protection cover, the planter in the front yard has become somewhat of an igloo. I heard the inside of an igloo is warm, not sure if that’s true, but as long as the plants are okay, it’s all that matters.

After doing lots of research, I’ve devised a plan to keep my broccoli seedlings warm by placing these plastic tubs of hot water near the seedlings. According to research, the warmth of the tubs will seep and warm the ambient temperature by a few degrees. I’ve tested it out and it did work. Hopefully, those few degrees will make a difference, especially when the seedlings are kept under 2 layers of frost protection clothes.

#weekendcoffeeshare is hosted by Natalie of Natalie the Explorer. I appreciate you stopping by. Until next we chat. 🙂

17 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – Oh Spring, Where are Thou?

  1. It has been a wild winter here in the West! As I type this, it’s only 48 here in Tucson, and the high is supposed to be below 70.

    Fingers crossed for your seedlings. Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies are pretty cold-hardy, so I bet they’ll be fine.

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