How we embrace winter when we've really had enough of it!

By The Petite Plantation - February 19, 2020

It's nearing the end of February and overall, winter has been delightful! It's been fairly mild in our area and we've really haven't had much snow until this month. But February seems like every time we finish shovelling the 150 foot driveway to our off grid homestead, another storm leaves another 6 inches or so to shovel. That's a lot of snow!

Overall I find the winter to be very beautiful. The way the snow weighs on the spruce boughs, the invigorating fresh crisp air, and the comfort of hot chocolate by the fire all make my winter soul happy but there comes a time when enough is enough!

We've always said we would just eco-consciously shovel the snow and we didn't really need a gas guzzling snowblower but after just one storm leaving us with 3600 cubic feet of snow, we've changed our minds, we want a snowblower and we want spring.

Spring fever is any of a number of mood, physical, or behavioral changes, which may be experienced coinciding with the arrival of spring, particularly restlessness, laziness, and even amorousness. Source

In this post I want to share some activities we embrace during the rest of winter when we have really had enough of it already and we cannot will spring to arrive.

Embrace the snow!

If you have any patience left for the snow, get out and embrace it! Build a snowman, go tobogganing, or snowshoeing with the family. Be sure to take some homemade hot chocolate with you when you go and if you can, find a place in the woods to have a campfire and roast marshmallows!

Start planning your spring garden!

This is one of my favourite ways to pretend winter isn't happening outside! I'll print off my garden planner, grab a hot tea and pencil crayons and dive into garden planning. I love using this garden planner because it helps to really focus on my garden goals for the coming years, which plants are on my wish list and I love the journal section to reflect on past years in the garden. Planning my spring garden is a really great way to escape the current weather conditions.

Whip up something cheerful in the kitchen!

Rather than pretending winter isn't happening when I'm feeling particularly defeated by the amount of snow on top of my garden, I will surrender to the season and turn to the kitchen with my spare time. I love to work with the children to bake some delicious Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Pinterest Viral Cranberry Orange Bread with it's sunny disposition.

Grow something!

I'm not going to tell you to start planting your seeds in the middle of winter because that would be totally irrational..... But in the winter months when we can't garden, we fake it by sprouting seeds and it feels good to be growing something in the window to add to our soups or sandwiches!

Sprouting seeds is easy, too. Simply add a tablespoon of seeds (chickpea, radishes, alfalfa, sunflower, lentils, or quinoa will all do) to a mason jar filled with water to soak for a day. Every following day until you eat them, simply rinse and drain them every 12 hours or so! Fresh homegrown produce in the middle of a snowstorm!

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