Spring Equinox is Wednesday, we are supposed to get about four inches (10 cm) of snow overnight through tomorrow, and Bookman and I are so sick and tired of being cold we decided to dub today Operation Banish Winter. And everyone else thought it was St. Patrick’s Day!

In the spirit of the day I donned my favorite garden humor shirt:

Lawn Gegnome Project, get it?

Lawn Gegnome Project, get it?

It also happens to be my only garden humor shirt but no matter. And it is green so I was styling for St. Paddy’s too. My Irish Granny (Kirkpatrick) would be so proud.

Our first stop was breakfast:

Yummy!

Yummy!

My breakfast is the one with the broccoli. Bookman has vegan sausage patties obscuring the view of his. And coffee, that there is a bottomless cup. Two cups was enough to keep me buzzing right along all morning.

Next stop, Como Park in St. Paul. We strolled through the zoo’s Tropical Encounter and ogled the river turtle, listened to chirping birds, were disappointed the sloth was not out, and generally enjoyed the warmth and humidity.

Next we went over to the conservatory where there was nudity and fondling among the ferns:

Naked fondling hands!

Naked fondling hands!

There was lots of sitting on benches and just plain enjoying the 72F (22C) and slightly humid glory of it all. When we gazed into a pond, all the hungry koi came swimming over:

Ravenous Koi

Ravenous Koi

We had no food for them but that didn’t make them any less hopeful.

After our personal permafrost had melted, we browsed the gift shop where Bookman found a perfect new gardening hat to replace the one that went AWOL last summer. Then it was time to head to a bookstore. I acquired four new books. I took a photo but I must have wobbled because it came out blurry and I am too lazy to retake it. A day in a tropical house and a bookstore will do that to a person. I will tell you what the books are, however:

  • Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide the Evolutionary Biology of Sex by Olivia Judson. This fits into my science by women project quite nicely. It will also work for the postal challenge because it is written as letters to an advice columnist. Heh.
  • The End of the Poem by Paul Muldoon. It is a series of lectures about poetry and includes explorations of poems and poets as well as questions on reading poetry.
  • A Time of Gifts and The Traveller’s Tree by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Danielle has raved about him so much that when I saw these lovely NYRB editions I couldn’t leave them there. Plus Traveller’s Tree is about the Caribbean, something warm to read next winter, and Time of Gifts has a snowy cover so might be nice to read over the summer even if it isn’t about especially snowy travels.

It’s been such a lovely day that winter does feel like it has been banished. Now if I can just remember that as I walk through the snow to catch the bus to the train station and work in the morning.

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