Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm laughing at you, Brother Wind



The tree tops look fuzzy, crocus are blooming, and under foot the ground is rumbling, shaking, vibrating madly. Perhaps it isn't a literal rumble, but energetically spring is gathering its wits together: underground as well as above ground, the green world is about to pop. The trees are waking from their winter sleep. You know that moment every morning, right before you're actually awake, when you pull yourself out of your dream state in order to become conscious? Yeah. It feels like that here in Washington DC.

We humans are of course dancing shamanically with the energy. For instance, I've heard a lot of shouting during the last couple of days, not necessarily angry shouting, just shouting for the sake of being loud. People are smiling, or shouting, sometimes at the same time. Oh yeah, that is the tumultuous energy of spring just before everything pops.

The wind is whipping around this morning; it's cold. But the angle of the sun cannot be denied, my ill-tempered brother. Yeah Mr. Wind, I'm talkin' to YOU. Be a bad-ass as long as you can, my dear - the warmth of spring will soon send you packing back to the North Pole, or maybe the South Pole. Ha ha.

As an invocation of the coming season, I'm having a dinner party tonight. We will eat light, spring-inspired foods. All those heavy, soupy, stewy, curries and such? I'm SO OVER it. We'll have crab cakes (yeah ... CAKES) and a spring salad with mint, citrus, spring onions.

I love winter, but I'm so ready to sneeze and shout and smile all at the same time. C'mon spring. C'mon.

22 comments:

The Bug said...

We might get into the SIXTIES this week! Woo hoo!

Crab cakes sound fabulous...

Ptolemy said...

After following your blog for over a year, I *knew* you would be sharing DC's way-to-early Spring, soon, and yet it STILL hit me upside the head when you did... AHHHHHHHHH!!! I still see SNOW outside my window! On the other hand, I get to enjoy for three days a rented Mustang convertible (a first in my life experience!) and was able to take the kids for a little top-down ride yesterday... So even up here in the north, spring IS coming!

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh man, a Mustang convertible? That is the greatest invocation of spring I've ever heard of! Crank up the heat in the car, put down the top and let your hair fly!!

Vicki said...

What a happy post today! Bring on the wind! Bring on the Spring and YES even the rain!

Peace and Love xoxoxoxo

Jo said...

Aha! That guy tried to pick a fight with me yesterday, too.

The unfortunate thing about him is that he can be riled just as easily in any season. We may be close to spring, but we're not finished dealing with Brother Wind just yet.

Your dinner sounds divine...enjoy the taste of spring!

Pauline said...

"I'm so ready to sneeze and shout and smile all at the same time."

Perfect definition of that bubbly, fizzy, pre-spring feeling. We're weeks behind you but I can still feel that energy!

ellen abbott said...

Oh yeah! so ready for it. things should be green and popping out furiously but those two weeks of nights in the 20s and days in the 40s (was that just a few days ago?!) has kept everything brown.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

crocus!!!!!

lucky duck!!

northlighthero said...

Here in New Jersey, yesterday -- Valentine's Day -- was visibly the first day of Spring!

No flowers yet, no buds on trees yet ... but 50 degrees, brilliant blue sky, laughing breezes. The snow on the roof was melting so fast in looked almost like rain.

The cat, who has been totally indoors for weeks, demanded that the door be opened, went out, and actually walked around the perimeter of the house (carefully avoiding the snow that covers most of the ground) before coming in again.

Spring! It's right around the corner!

Nancy said...

Ugh, we have been having 100mph winds and it's warm! The snow is coming tonight we hear. I'm not ready for Spring for some reason. And I hear you about the 'shouting' - even people who never shout!

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh yeah!!

Wish you could be here, Jo - it's your kind of dinner, light, nutritous, flavorful. You, too Vicki!!

Reya Mellicker said...

Nancy I hate warm winters - it's ain't right. My sister in Oregon has complained, too, that it has been too warm and way too dry. Hope you get some snow before it's too late!

Anne said...

The corgis go nuts in this weather -- all of a sudden, the snow melts (mostly), and smells are released.

also.

The wind blows around the plastic bags, which are the Vile Enemy of All Corgis. why, I do not know. did the English used to use them as disguise whilst attacking the Welsh? No mention of this in history.

Reya Mellicker said...

Pandora! Ha!! Dogs hate the SOUND of plastic bags. It really gets to them. I bet they smell funny, too.

Whitney Lee said...

The wind was craziness yesterday. My children did lots of screeching. It was so bad here that I couldn't walk the dog (too windy for the stroller). Today is lovely, sunny and warm. And it'll be in the 70's on Friday! I'm planning some gardening.

steven said...

reya - wha? no curries, no butter chicken, no no no reya!!! puhleeze let me snaffle my curries with my naan bread, my bhajias, my yogurt and cuke, my lovely dark beers!! steven

Reya Mellicker said...

I'll love those foods again, Steven, when I'm ready to call in the cooler weather. Is that OK?

Karen said...

Yup, the energy is rising here, too--the birds are singing more, the temperatures are going to climb into the 50s today--50s! I'm kind of hoping that not too many things start to bud because we're sure to head back into winter temp.s soon, but I can definitely feel the light changing and everything around me responding... Yay!

janis said...

Me too! Love Winter but ready for Spring!
I like to think Brother wind is blowing Winter away.
I just wish he would blow all the land mines my dogs left with it!

Linda said...

I really wish Brother Wind would get his fat rear end up to Canada and blow all the winter away from here too!!!
I am meaning no disrespect to this entity... but the rumblings and shouting are not happening here for a while yet, I'm afraid Reya. The District of Columbia is always blessed with a beautiful early spring. Why any day now, I will be sneering at the President on the news as he walks among the cherry blossoms, while I will be donning my boots to go outside and shovel the friggin' snow! We're still dining on butter chicken, curries and naan bread and only dreaming about yummy crab cakes. Enjoy your wonderful spring dinner, dear Reya!! My spring dinners will have to wait until April. =D

The Pollinatrix said...

I've been thinking a lot about wind lately for a variety of reasons, not the least being that I'm about to build a house in a very windy place. There's something about extreme wind that has always slightly offended me, but now's my opportunity to make peace with Brother Wind. I'm actually inspired by that.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ha! Wind offends me, too, well - not gentle breezes, but wind? Not my friend, though he is my brother.