A Winter Weekend in May


We had the wood burning stove going this past weekend


When we moved south, so did our expectations of having to wait for May 15 to plant without the fear of frost.

Traditionally, this past weekend, I would have been busy getting our pots ready for planting our tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I then would have gone on Sunday and carefully selected our veggies for our container garden, as well as the flowers I have on our Party Deck.

Not this year.

This past weekend was spent holed up inside Our Little House, catching up on our sleep and the shows we had on our DVR, as if it were a weekend in February.

We even had a fire going in the woodburning stove. This was the first time in 194 years Arkansas saw snow in May (no accumulation, but it did fall) and we broke all kinds of records for low temperatures and the lowest highs.

In May. Crazy.

I was disappointed at first that I wouldn’t be getting my hands in the dirt, but it turned out ok.

Dale had a long week working until 10 p.m. two nights, which set us back on our sleep. I had a hard week with work too, as well as adjusting to a new cooking routine for our whole food, plant based diet.

We took the weekend to rest and recoup. One thing we didn’t do was snack, which is what we would have done had we not committed to our new diets, but stepping on the scales was enough to keep us going. We both lost some weight in the first week.

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, how do you readjust your plans? Are you tired of the cool and rainy weather too this spring?

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6 Responses

  1. We have had an early summer here – opposite of you. I hope the weather improves soon!

  2. A couple of weeks ago, I bought tomato plants and other vegetables and herbs thinking I’d soon be able to put them in my raised beds. No such luck. The weather pendulum just keeps swinging back and forth from sunny, mild temps to freezing rain and cold, grey skies.I bought several “Early Girl” tomato plants because I’ve had good luck with them in the past.

    As their name suggests- they bloom early and start producing tomatoes far sooner than other types. My “Early Girls” actually have tomatoes already- and they are getting bigger each day, but still can’t plant them due to our fickle weather! Grrrrrr

    • Kerri says:

      I had Early Girls last year! Our weather is finally coming around, at least in the 10 day forecast, I will hope the same for you!

  3. Olivia says:

    The weather never co-operates with me because, if it did, I would be living in a warm sunny climate all year round rather than the frozen north I find myself in much of the year 🙂

    However, I love my little island despite its temperamental weather. It is notoriously difficult to predict weather here due, I suppose, to the way ocean “breezes” (read: gales) can shift and switch on a whim.

    We are actually having a fairly decent spring, where decent means that it hasn’t snowed in several weeks. In fact our temperatures this week have been in the high teens or low 20’s (Celsius) which is about 12 degrees above “normal” (although the windchill factor can make it feel cooler). However, we need some moisture as we depend on groundwater for all our freshwater needs and we have been below average for some time now. We are surrounded by ocean but unless one is a sea creature one cannot drink that.

    My garden has been tilled up but, until we get some rain, I’ll plant nothing in it. I’ll begin with cool weather crops: tomatoes, peppers and the like won’t go in til June.

    • Kerri says:

      You have a much shorter growing season than us (normally), but if we don’t start warming up, it could be the same this year! I try not to complain about all of the damp days we’re getting because we had horrible hot temperatures and no rain last year. It never can be just a “normal” year, I don’t think, anymore. Global warming has seen to that. I hope you get some rain soon.