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Friday, January 30, 2015

Enjoying Fickle Weather

While my extended family hunkered down under the onslaught of Blizzard 2015, I took advantage of our sunny 70-degree weather to do more yard clean-up work. It's not that I'm insensitive to the distress of others, my turn will come with the July and August months when our part of the country will be enduring 100ยบ days for weeks at a time.

This is the only time of year I don't appreciate the many trees on our acreage. Besides the thick layer of fallen leaves that needs disposing, what I most detested are the sweet gum seed balls. This year's harvest has just started dropping. A glance at the bare branches overhead tells me there are lots more to fall. Their indiscriminate scattering are a real pain underfoot because the solid object doesn't give when you step on it. When it's working time and I walk to my little cabin this time of year, my progress resembles the stumbling of a drunken sailor.

I took time to wander about the garden beds that look dismal about now and was delighted to discover the early paperwhites have just started opening their fragrant buds. Thinking to cheer my sister in Conn., I snapped a picture and emailed it to her.

In another part of the yard, the early daffodils have pushed up several inches already and the flower buds are already fat with promise. However,what usually happens is that about the time they're just about fully open, one of our famous fronts from the frigid hinterlands comes blasting through and puts everything in a frozen state.

So...I guess weather changes are just something you have to learn to live with. As far as I know, no one's been able to tame Mother Nature yet.

1 comment:

  1. /as I already told you, the picture was a good idea and then we got another storm that dumped another 12 inches on us. Hopefully, by this time nest year we will be in a different stae where they don't have this cold and colder weather,