The kids could hardly believe it this morning when daylight revealed an expanding patch of green grass out the front windows.
I can hardly believe it myself, this long spell of 40 degree weather. I just need three inches more of my raised beds to thaw and I can plant some tulip bulbs. This will probably happen, because this warm spell is supposed to continue on for at least another week.
It's lovely, this mild month in the middle of winter, but I do believe it has confused my circadian rhythm to an extent, because I have been going through a dismal patch of insomnia this last few weeks. At least with the stomach flu, head cold, teething toddler and so on I have had lots of company in the long watches of the night. I guess this strange weather is interrupting our Alaskan hibernation period. Frankly, it has been a rough month for sleep.
But it sure is nice to get outside in the mild temps. The hobbits are loving it. Exploring our wooded paths we've seen all kinds of things that continue life as usual over the winter.
Like this patch of evergreen (some trumpet lichens I think?)
And the chickens have been ever-so-kindly laying us an increasing supply of eggs (8 yesterday!) Eggs so beautiful that it feels like Easter every time I look at them. So I guess every cloud has a silver lining. And as this record-breaking warm January winds down to an end I know that this rough patch of sleep and sick kids are things that will soon become distant memories. And in the meanwhile, I am so thankful for good breakfast coffee and fresh eggs.