Do you ever have the feeling that something is just off?
The past week or so, I just haven't been able to shake it. We had an unseasonably cold and snowy February, and then March arrived and boom! It feels like mid-June. Seriously, March is usually our snowiest month, but this year it's been bone dry and in the 70's.
It's not like bizarre weather is anything unusual here... it is Denver after all, but this year things just feel really strange.
Anyhow, I put the peas in the ground a few weeks early, and the chives, scallions and garlic are all showing already. The raspberries are starting to get a few leaves, the neighbor's crocus is in full bloom, and the tulips, iris and daffodils look like they'll be blooming in a week or two.
I keep having to remind myself that it's only mid-March, because the temperatures haven't even dipped below freezing at night. Seriously, I'm sort of worried about the spinach bolting, and I keep feeling like I should be planting the tomatoes and squash! It's just too hot to be March!
At the same time... We had a HUGE pumpkin crop last year, but because of the hail storm it was all VERY late and most had to be harvested green. They've been happily ripening inside though, and we've had a steady supply of pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread, and well... pretty much any pumpkin recipe you can think of.
But they're all starting to reach a state of ripeness now, and they're gonna have to be used soon. So I'm finding myself in the odd position of trying to cook and freeze all of the pumpkins... in MARCH! I've gotta say, it feels really weird to stick something in the freezer that's labeled: Pumpkin March 2012.
It all sort of makes my climate apocalypse radar go off.
OK... I know it doesn't happen that way... but it just feels wrong.
I dunno... maybe it's just me. Does anybody else out there feel like the weird weather is messing with their psyche?