Friends, February 11, 2020
You’ve got to have webbed feet and be waterproof to live in western Washington this year. And I guess we do as we enjoyed the rainy days. We had over nine inches of rain in January (average is 5+ inches), and it rained every day. Rivers have risen, and some folks flooded out as the days rolled on. The snow in the mountains was awesome. Mt. Baker got 198 inches of new snow in just 18 days and now has the deepest snowpack of any mountain in the country.
We got an enjoyable snowstorm here in early February. It was the day after the groundhog made a forecast that won’t hold up. Spring will be late this year as the ruler of the winds, Mercury, does not enter Aries, the sign of Spring, until April 10 and that’s almost three weeks late. So, don’t plant early this year. Our snowstorm was so lovely; huge flakes filling the air—it was a fabulous sight and the best part was it didn’t stick on the roads. We drove up to the post office in Blaine that day with the snowflakes getting heavier and heavier as we neared the city which sits on the Canadian Border. (the high school is known as the Blaine Borderites.) And this is the Evergreen State. I thought it just meant the evergreen forests, but we also have green grass in our front yards all Winter long. Out on the backroads, the white snow covering green alfalfa fields was lovely. So we got to enjoy a full-on snow event and not suffer at all—the temperature stayed right at freezing and the winds were calm. One of the true pleasures of Winter in Birch Bay is getting a glass of water from the kitchen sink. Our water is from deep wells in Ferndale, a nearby city, and has no chemical taste at all. It’s rich, clean and damn cold now and refreshing (makes great coffee and tea). The other sensual treat I enjoy now is the smell of woodsmoke. I think it’s the perfume of the country as folks here and in the cities all get their heat from gas and electricity. But on the backroads, most houses have huge stacks of firewood undercover and use fireplaces and woodstoves to heat their houses. Another benefit of the winter days is getting closer to the huge trumpeter swans that are now in the flooded fields. It’s like their own private swimming pools and they feel comfortable enough to be swimming in one of these fields right next to the road, maybe 25 feet away. So you can really see how beautiful and stately they are at close range. We see hundreds in the corn stubble fields on the way to Lynden—you can’t miss the white plumage and long necks even at quite a distance. There’s a bit of sad news to report, too. It seems another huge Orca has died. Named L41 by the biologists, this huge male was father to most of the calves born in the last few years. He was looking bad last year and skinny from lack of food. Now he is nowhere to be found and the biologists here keep a really close watch on this dwindling pod of extraordinary whales. Orcas are so powerful and the real killers in the ocean—sharks leave the area Orcas swim in and won’t come back for a year. Part of the reason is their size. Remember the shark in “Jaws” who tipped the scales at around 5,000 pounds? The male Orca missing from our waters is estimated to weigh 10,500 pounds. A big boy. Happiness is in Leslie’s voice as she sees fresh bags of mulch and topsoil out in front of the hardware and garden stores now. She is in the planting mode but will take her time getting plants into the ground. Maybe. Leslie is a Cancer, and this is a cardinal sign which means: Go to Action. You know the energy if you know Aries, Libra and Capricorn folks—all with the same temperament. “Do it right and do it right now.” is one of their mantras. I’m staying busy with readings and reading a new author for more information on timing. Check out Steven Forrest. His first book, “The Inner Sky” is a great introduction to astrology and what the planets and signs mean in your chart. I’m reading “The Changing Sky” right now which is about timing, transits, and progressions. He is a straightforward author with a clear understanding of all the elements of Astrology and is very good at explaining them in plain English. Lance