April 13 2021 01:15 PM

It’s breath of fresh air after a cold winter.

That much-awaited spring sunshine has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. In rather full force this week, we are expected to hit temperatures in the high 70s. That full change in the season makes me ready to soak it all up.

I’m ready to enjoy those glorious rays of warmth that unthaw the soul from winter. How is it that the change of the season seems to bring more than just a breath of fresh air? That renewal in the air does so much for a fresh take on one’s surroundings.

Spring makes it easy to soak up all those favorite moments. For me, it’s turning the cows back out to lush green pastures. Their joy in the change of the season is contagious.

It’s soaking up the spring fever that infects little farm hands with their excitement. Their squeals of fun insist the warmer temperature is time for a run through the sprinkler. It also signals finally being able to put away the layers of winter clothes piled in the barn closet.

What moments of spring do you soak up? That is, before the season turns the soil warm enough to start the crazy rush of planting. Don’t forget to appreciate this time and refill all that the winter season seems to drain.

Darleen Sichley

The author is a third-generation dairy farmer from Oregon where she farms in partnership with her husband and parents. As a mother of young sons who round out the family-run operation as micro managers, Darleen blogs about the three generations of her family working together at Guernsey Dairy Mama. Abiqua Acres Mann's Guernsey Dairy is currently home to 90 registered Guernseys and transitioned to a robotic milking system in 2017.