Signs of Spring, or, Mud Season Has Arrived

After our nutty winter of ice storms and snow storms and whatnot, I’m thrilled to see some signs of spring popping up around the Fraudulent Farmstead. It’s not time to break out the spades yet; the ground is super soggy (we’ve had several inches of rain over the last week, with more to come). Still, the dedicated (and desperate) observer like myself can find a few hopeful signs.

1. Mud. It’s everywhere, including the dog’s paws when she comes into the house. On the upside, my trusty sky-blue Wellies (at left) are still watertight and ready to take on the sludge.

2. Eggs. The girls have ratcheted up the egg laying slightly, which will continue to increase as the days get longer. Egg production is tied to the seasons, which is one reason that eggs are so intimately associate with spring and Easter. And chocolate too, but that has more to do with Cadbury and that kid that says, “Fank you Easter Bunny! Bawk Bawk!”

As a side note, the girls look much better. The sent-through-a-paper-shredder molting look is gone, and they’re starting to look like real chickens again.

3. Bulbs. I don’t have any blooms here yet, but crocus, tulip, and daffodils (see left) are all pushing out of the soil.

4. Crazy cats. There’s something about spring that make the cats even more nuts than usual. They’re talking at us a lot and racing to the doors whenever possible. I’m not sure if it’s spring fever or what, but this crazy cat behavior has been a predictable sign of spring for years.

5. I mentioned the mud, right?

Categories: Animals, foreign and domestic, The garden year | Tags: , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Signs of Spring, or, Mud Season Has Arrived

  1. Dawn Doup

    We must be cousins. I to live in Indy, have chickens cats and rasp. and keep spreading edible landscaping in my yard and into the alley.
    Still have a lot of room in the front yard but I am waiting on getting the concrete and yard leveled before planting more.
    M friend sent me your site. Fun to read and will continue to follow.
    Good luck,

    • Fraudulent Farmgirl

      Thanks for reading, Dawn! I’m always happy to hear from another urban homesteader, especially one close by.

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