Happy first day of spring! As I mentioned elsewhere, "spring" is one of those peculiar upstate New York terms (a regional dialect for "snow," if you hadn't guessed) that doesn't happen here until about May...and even then it's touch and go for a bit. Here's what the good old neighborhood looked like a few days ago:
Now having said that, if you live here long enough, you'll find some crazy types whose minds seem to have been frozen clean away in the cold, who only have a very vague recollection of a time when they could lounge about outside in short sleeves. Even worse, when everyone is grumbling about how eternal and dark and oppressive the winter is, these loons seem to take special pleasure (especially when there is a last jolly big BANG at the end of the season) in getting on the Florida-dreamers' already-frayed nerves with comments like, "Oh, isn't it just fantastic out!" (Tact, friends, tact!)
Now, in my defense...yes, you guessed it, biggest culprit of all of the above - and slipping into the first person here, not unlike when Athos (remember?), over far too much wine, is telling a more and more horrified D'Artagnan about a certain unfortunate episode of his past - the winter this year has been an exceptionally sorry, mild thing. Pah! Move north? Avec plaisir. The election was certainly more than enough reason for that...
In any case, snow or no snow, I wish you a sunny and warm first day of spring and also a happy Norooz! May your goldfishes be swimming about cheerfully, may your sabzeh be green, and may you not over do it on the shirini. I wish you good health and best wishes for all the days to come. I sadly was far too late in getting the seeds going but in my imagination my haft seen looks divine ;) But these pretty fellows made their way to my table, and gosh I love them:
But the main reason for the delay is that I've been busily preparing for Bologna, which is now coming up very quickly. It's been a few years since I attended. Thoroughly nervous, inspired, but excited to see familiar faces and to return to a world, even for a brief moment, that I have been missing.
Some work left to do now but here is a glimpse of what's happening on the table, which has gotten more and more crowded over the last several weeks:
See you in Italy!