Time marches on in March

By: 

Leah Lehman, Leader Columnist

One day I had a conversation with myself on the topic of daylight saving time. It went something like this.

“Why do we have daylight saving time?” said the child in me.

“In order to get more daylight hours during our working day,” answered my senior citizen self.

“Do we get 25 hours then?” asked my inner child.

“No, actually, we will set the clock back, and lose an hour,” the senior citizen in me answered. “We will lose an hour of sleep, and our systems will get off kilter, but we will have more daylight later in the day. Then, in the fall, we get our hour back when it goes back to regular time.”

“I think it sounds silly,” that child in me pipped up.

“Well, it is the way it is, and besides, if it wasn’t for daylight saving time, how would we remember to change the battery in the smoke detectors,” came the senior citizen reply.

For the most part, this conversation comes to me every year at this time. I can remember the debate that occurred between my pa and his brother concerning this when it first came to be in Wisconsin. My pa, being a farmer, was ready to rest at the end of the day, not have daylight to work longer.

My uncle, working in a city, wanted more daylight in the evening for activities.

No matter. It is what it is. No winners or losers, just a lot of switching clocks twice a year, and changing those batteries.

In looking at the Farmer’s Almanac calendar for March, I see that the 12th is considered the Full Worm Moon. Not exactly sure what that means. For the die-hard gardeners, it is also a good time to start plants indoors, and they recommend using fluorescent light.

St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th, and most of us feel a wee bit of Irish on that day. I have some Irish CDs that I have been playing in the car as I go to and fro.

The Vernal Equinox is on March 20, and it is noted with this rhyme: “A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the King.” That was written by Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886). The fancy name is now better known as spring, which is something we all look forward to, but we in Wisconsin know that spring can be fickle.

The new moon comes on the 27th, and gardeners are advised to plant asparagus and rhubarb roots outside, as soon as the ground can be worked. I have heard there is not much frost in the ground this year, so it should be no problem.

One interesting note the calendar has was about thyme. I did know that often time creeps by slowly, but did not know that there is a plant called creeping thyme, and the Farmer’s Almanac recommends it for planting in between rocks and stepping stones, or even mixing it into the lawn. Saying they tolerate foot traffic well, and have a wonderful aroma when the leaves are crushed underneath. It is also drought tolerant and attracts bees (so watch your step).

March is well known for its ups and downs in temperature and winds. We have had a few windy days already, so hold on to your hats.