Changing times, changing clime


This patch of snow, which I think bears a resemblance to Cuba, is all that remains on our lawn, and probably all that remains of winter…although you never know…..

Here we are at one of those benchmarks in the year, the night where we move our clocks one hour forward. It’s a sure sign of spring, but it kind of messes me up for a few days. Even the dog is a bit perturbed. Why do we go through the clock changing ritual twice a year anyway? Who decides this?


There are plenty of other signs of spring, most notably tumbleweeds of shed corgi coat rolling across the prairie that is our floor. I try to put it to use by leaving it outside for the birds, some of whom are at least in the planning stages of nest-building. I like to think that there will be all kinds of nests in our neighborhood  lined with soft, warm corgi hair.


Speaking of birds, I’m starting to see some breeding plumage on the house finches and goldfinches at my feeder. As you can see, the male house finches are quite red already, while the goldfinches, which breed much later in the season, are just starting to show hints of yellow.

I really do like the natural signs of spring best.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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13 Responses to Changing times, changing clime

  1. CJ Wright says:

    Me, too, dn! The earth is the most fantastic clock.


  2. I wish this weekend could be the last time we change the clock. I’m so tired of this meaningless ritual. Let’s just leave the extra daylight for the end of the day, and be done with it.

    Your area looks like spring! We still have mountains of snow outside. I can’t wait until it melts and the spring bulbs start to poke their heads out of the ground!


    • dirtynailz says:

      We had a bit of son this morning, but it didn’t stick. It’s still pretty cold though. Glad I am not the only one who finds the time change ritual annoying.


  3. Lee May says:

    Don’t get me started on the back and forth time changes. I understand that Ben Franklin suggested “daylight saving time” as a joke. Now the joke’s on us.


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  5. I love the idea of corgi-hair birds nests. I enjoyed your post very much and look forward to reading more about your gardening and other endeavors. If you have a chance, please stop by my blog and see my latest post about the signs of spring. Meanwhile, happy gardening!


    • dirtynailz says:

      I visited your blog and loved those photos. I am adding a link to it on my blog. Thanks for getting in touch!
      We don’t have any crocuses up yet. They’re usually in full bloom by now.


      • I’m so glad you liked the photos. There will be more coming when the weather takes its turn to spring and I can finally get out on my bike rides through the woods again. They’re the highlight of my days in spring and fall.
        Meanwhile, I wish our crocuses hadn’t come out yet, because it may be 60 degrees today, but we’re supposed to get 3-6 inches of snow on Monday!
        Thanks for the shout out 🙂 I’ll be back to see what you’re up to again soon! – Jennifer


      • dirtynailz says:

        Thanks! Stay in touch.


  6. gardenpest says:

    Brilliant and generous for you to post Corgi-hair for the birds; will help spread the word about this. Inventive!

    Any chance that you know which voodoo trinket or animal hair that I can use to repel the damn bunnies or woodchuck?

    I enjoy your posts – looks as if many of us do. Thank you,
    Best wishes,


    • dirtynailz says:

      I believe dog hair has been used to repel them, and of course there’s always urine. Or a family of foxes will move in and take care of everything in a jiffy. When we had fox families a couple of years ago (so cute watching the cubs playing!) there were no squirrels or rabbits to be seen. The foxes left and the rabbits are once again a problem.


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