The Itch


Country MoonJust about this time every year it happens. Pretty much everyone gets it and it makes life rather uncomfortable for a few days…a few very long days. Husbands and wives feel the tension, school kids are irritable and workers feel the lackluster.

Ahh, you probably thought I was talking about the January thaw or spring fever. Not yet, it is just a bit too late for one and too early for the other. I'm talking about what comes after the thaw and before the fever: THE ITCH. It's the few warm, bright, sunny days that roll around sometime later in February or early March.

These days start with bright and crispy mornings that melt into warm, sun-kissed afternoons. You can shed all those bulky winter clothes for short sleeves. The sunshine feels so good that you just have to get outside. Here lies the problem.

The first day or two of this weather is great because there is always something to catch up on. There has never been a year yet when there weren't limbs to be picked up out of the yard. Sometimes you can get a jump on spring cleaning chores like washing windows. Farmers make sure all of their equipment is ready for spring planting, lawn equipment is checked over to make sure it is ready for the season and garden debris is cleaned up.

But after these chores are done, the weather is still nice and there is nothing that can be done outside. It is too early to plant anything because you know that cold weather will return and fields and gardens are too wet to get into. Now, you know what I mean by "the itch."

Farmers want to get in the fields, but they know it's not time. Gardeners want to get an early start but it is not time. You want to haul all that lawn furniture back outside but you know it is not time. You definitely don't want to be inside but there is really nothing to do outside. This is the breeding ground for grumpiness. Most everyone has a little shorter fuse than normal and folks seem to get irritated for no reason at all.

3/26/2018 10:54:56 AM

Lois, this certainly has been a year that would spawn the "Itch". The weather is still gloomy here in Nebraska with chilly nights. The soil temperature is still hovering around 40 degrees and soaked. It's going to be at least another week or so before getting into any kind of serious gardening. Well that is if the rain stops. I have learned to never gripe about the weather because Mother Nature will do what she wants. So I'm playing under the grow lights until she decides it's time for better weather to happen. Have a great Spring day. Nebraska Dave

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