I'm glad it's spring and I can move into warmer weather and gardening season. I have a few random reflections on the winter.
We went through a lot of the home canned goods this winter. By January we had run through all 12 pints of salsa I canned last summer. This year I need to make more. The boys loved the canned carrots and canned green beans. Only Reid and Paul and I like the beets, but I'm working on the other two. We used up most of the jams and jellies, and discovered that autumn olive is our new favorite jelly - next year I hope to make a lot more. Some of the squash I stored never got used, and I had to throw it away in March when it started to rot. This year I'm planting less squash.
Last month St. Patrick's Day resulted in little Leprechaun traps all over the house. The twins were quite devoted in creating these, and they seemed to be around every corner. Alas, they were still empty on March 18th. Maybe next year.
I read the boys classics like Hatchet and Old Yeller this winter, when the days were short and the wood stove was going. They loved both books.
I put down a layer of hay in the garden for weed control. I look forward to warm hands in the dirt and putting in seeds this month.
Readers, do you have any winter reflections?