I always look forward to the third week or so of February when the days are noticeably longer and the sunsets visible from the Woodson Art Museum’s second floor offices are indescribably magnificent. For many years, these late February days have provided watershed moments, so to speak, when I feel confident that I can “make it through” the remaining weeks of winter.
This year has been strangely different.
Temperatures have been almost consistently in the 30s. I’m certainly not complaining; in fact, I’m grateful. The sun “feels” far warmer than I remember previously experiencing. My observations are, of course, not scientific, but there’s no question that this has been an unusual winter.
And it couldn’t come at a better time.
With the Museum’s building addition project on the fast track, we’re benefitting from every mild construction day. Work is perking along, including almost daily concrete pours, and we’ve been able to avoid the extra cumbersome measures the frigid temperatures impose on most wintertime building projects.
As I write this blog post, I know that the groundhog saw his shadow and that March can be a ferocious weather month – in like a lion, out like a lamb, as the old adage goes. But I also know that the sun is higher in the sky and I heard the birds chirping on my early morning dog walk.
I’m banking on continued good weather and count myself darn lucky!