Wednesday, May 26, 2010


My favorite season of the year takes a long time to arrive in Montana. Or maybe it just behaves differently here. True, we now have green grass and even dandelions, but they all seem to get snowed on about once a week. This depresses me a little. I'm trying not to complain too much. I don't want to be the obnoxious and wimpy California transplant. I'm not a real Californian, after all. I should be considered more Utahn than Californian by virtue of years spent there, and I'm a little bit Alaskan, too. So handling a wet and snowy Montana spring ought to be no biggie.

But even when I lived in Alaska I remember psyching myself into a spring mindset. This I did by wearing spring clothing as early as March, when the temperatures got up to zero or so. Nowadays my legs are neither as cute nor as cold-hardy as they used to be, so I don't do that anymore. But I have found some spring-oriented mood-boosters.

1. Take a walk through a nursery. It's warm and humid, and the colors are almost as intoxicating as the scent of wet, warm earth. Promise yourself some petunias as soon as it is safe to put things in the ground (June 1, so I'm told).

3. Sprout some seeds indoors. Pray they survive until it's safe to put things in the ground.

4. On a related note, build some raised beds. Mine are wood, but my darling cousin Jodi has great instructions for vinyl ones here. They look better than mine. Hmph.

5. Work on feet. I WILL wear sandals this year. Actually I really just need a real pedicure. Maybe after payday.

6. Work on skin. This is excellent stuff, way more than I would usually spend on skincare products but well worth the money.

7. Tidy up the patio. Dr. G did most of the real work. For my part, I plan to get four Adirondack chairs on sale and paint them some wonderful color. Perhaps turquoise.

8. Plan a vacation or two. We're going to Utah a couple of times (one very, very soon) and to Alaska in June for Dr. G's 20-year high school

9. Buy summer produce even if it is a little expensive. Fresh cherries were the star of my life today.

10. Eat salad for dinner. Maybe one like this.

Crunchy Chicken Salad
1/2 head Romaine lettuce
1 c. diced jicama
2 stalks diced celery
2 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 orange, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
2 c. cooked, diced leftover chicken (it's good if you've grilled it or if it has a little barbecue or sweet/spicy flavor)
Sunflower seeds
Newman's Own Light Lime Vinaigrette

Combine all the veggies and chicken. Add sunflower seeds and dressing just before serving.

4 servings.


Lucy said...

Maybe that is why spring is my least favorite season. Because it doesn't really exist in Montana. I think it's even been slower to arrive this year than most. Hang in there.

the salad looks perfect. Keep 'em coming!

Marta said...

I think I need some of those chairs too! Thanks for the tip. Hopefully the Utah weather will cooperate for your visit!

MollyJae said...

Thanks for the recipe. Watch for pictures on my blog one of these days. In prep for the wedding I painted our garden chairs yellow and 3 new adirondack chairs purple and blue and I love the color it gives to our yard. As you know, spring here is long a wonderful. Perhaps a visit for you in about March would be nice. Girls get-away? I'd love to tak eyou to the beach house, we never got to do it when you were here. Think about next sprint (California that is).