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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

April Fools & The Joke's On Us!

Happy Easter Evening! I hope you had a nice, family-and-friend-oriented day with a yummy feast to top it off. (We did!) And, may the Easter Bunny have found you, wherever you are! (He even found us in the new house up here at Swamp River Ridge!)

But, as some of you may have heard, April Fool's Day came a couple of days late to us here in northern Minnesota. We'd been having truly beautiful spring weather. The snow was nearly all gone, even in the woods, and we had begun that annual ritual: dirty, filthy, all-the-winter's-yuck yard clean-up.

April Fool's Day brought freezing rain that coated every pine needle and branch, but it was beautiful and still spring. The ground was too warm to allow any freezing precip to stay.

Then, on April 3rd, it started snowing. And snowing. And snowing. We got about 8". We had to make yet another "final" run with the plowtruck. Then, the temperature started dropping. And dropping. By the 4th, it was 1 degree above zero. One. And, so it has stayed. Old Man Winter has returned with all the appropriate weather in attendance. Massive winds kept things interesting for about 3 or 4 days. Drifting was an issue where our winter driveway passes an inland lake. Yesterday things started evening out a bit, and the snow started melting from the roofs again during the height of the midday sun. But, we still haven't cracked 32 degrees since April 2nd, and evening temperatures hover in the single digits.

And just when we were beginning to think we could get the gardens in early this year . . . !

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