Summer came early to us here in the PNW! But I won't complain because my kids are outside, with friends (and masks) and just running around. It's magic. And after the last 15 months I
Be Our Valentine
Dated: April 23 2020
It's February! Whoot whoot! I'm doing this thing now where EVERY month is precious and magical and I'm just enjoying the moment feeling. I have to admit, however, February sneaks up on me every year. January is this, 'ok holidays are over and now back to business' active feeling. But February seems a little lost to me. It's not quite spring, but winter feels over. No real threat of snow, but it's still kinda cold & rainy out. I feel silly with my long down coat, but it's still needed! It's a transition time to me. I've also always considered Valentine's Day a 'Hallmark' holiday and rebelled against it. So this year I read all about the holiday to learn more, and get my love on for this somewhat forgotten month (to me).
Valentine's Day actually dates back to AD 496 (Wikipedia). It sates that The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269. And that this martyr was honored for making a blind girl see again. There are feasts celebrated through-out the world for this day. But you all probably knew all this.
The things I do love about February are the crocus/irises/and Oregon grapes starting to bloom. Also seeing the buds on my side street I lined with Yoshino Cherry trees (also can be viewed along our riverfront March-April). I love that February has these super warm days followed by rain. I feel like it's time to start planning my garden, cleaning up the winter yard and preparing for warmer weather.
I love the light in February. Daylight is coming back. Sun rise and sun set's are further apart. My kids notice this too. I want to get all my windows cleaned to appreciate a clear view of this time of the year.
It's also an amazing time to spend on the mountain. By February we actually have snow! Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and cross country skiing are all in their prime. The town of Government Camp is all abuzz with folks getting their winter activities on. I noticed that one of the outfitters (http://www.mthoodoutfitters.com) is offering some choice activities now like moonlight snow shoeing campfire hikes. Sounds dreamy.
So, February. Here we come! I'm going to enjoy the heck out of it. And I hope you do too. And if you would like any additional information or need one of our partners to come clean YOUR windows, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here, for you, always.