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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

Snow, Snow, Going Away . . . .

March is the snowiest month in northeastern Minnesota.

Ask me how much snow we've gotten so far this month?

None.  I did, however, wake up in the early morning hours today to the sounds of RAIN pitter-pattering on the roof!  Compare that to the winter of 2001-'02 when we didn't get the first SNOW of the winter until March 7th!!!

I snagged a new, temporary nannying gig yesterday for the sweetest little boy.  I'll post some pictures if his parents approve.  MANY thanks to M for thinking of me when the parents were searching for daycare!  I think I'm really going to have fun with him.  :)

Tom and I spent the day in Duluth yesterday, meeting with yet another lawyer.  It was a successful meeting as far as meetings go, but I just felt SO depressed during it.  Depressed that our life has come to this.  It just stinks.  I know it will be for the best for both of us once all is said & done, but if I don't ever have to hire another attorney anytime in my lifetime, I'll be MORE than happy!  

We were talking about pets at one point during the meeting (who Maisy & Tucker & Annie Blue would be living with, etc.), and the lawyer shared her fairly hilarious story, if you can handle black humor:  her goldfish died in a car accident!  She had just picked them up from a friend who was fish-sitting while she was gone.  She didn't think to belt the fish bowl in (who would?!), and, while taking a corner just a tad too fast, the bowl went flying.  She said one of the little guys was all bent up, his backbone having been broken in the fall.  Ohhh, poor little guys!  (But, how funny is that?  "My fish died in a car accident.")

Insert another bad joke:  A guy walks into a bar.  What does he say?

"Ouch."  ;)

Okay, must get on with my day.  The grey, grey, grey day that it is.  With this weather, the chicken yard is diss-guss-ting!!!  Any of you farmers know what outside pens look like in the springtime before things have dried up.  And, I don't want to spread fresh wood shavings 'cause that will just prevent the snow underneath from melting.  So, we (I and the critters) deal with it for a few more weeks.  

Oh, and speaking of weather-related messes:  road restrictions went on this morning at 12:01 AM.  That means that loggers, contractors, etc. (anyone with an axle weight of over . . . something) can't drive on any of the secondary roads until restrictions are lifted:  a mimimum of 8 weeks, and, in most years, not until June ('til the frost has completely left the ground)!  (Of course, restrictions generally go into effect much later than mid-March, too.)  Anyway, point being, yesterday would have been the last day for the boys to bring me my 8-10 cords of birch!  Was it neatly stacked up in the yard last night when I returned home?  Nope.  Dang . . . .  I think I have enough wood left for the Central Boiler to get me well into April.  I'll probably have to shut it down for the season earlier than normal, BUT I have been stock-piling a nice amount of wood small enough for the 3 inside wood stoves, so I can definitely keep the house comfortably warm with those.  Even though we say it every year (and are soundly proven wrong!), methinks it's gonna be an early spring this year!


  1. I feel for you. Keep going one day at a time and you will get through this snit!

  2. Want to know MORE about your central boiler! I have been reading about them (a little) and they sound great, but you are supplementing with 4 more stoves?! How many cords do you use per season and what is your sq footage? LOL, so many questions...
    Sorry for your depressing day topped off by having no gargantuan piles of logs in the yard, hope things look up soon! Congrats on your new nannying gig, boys are fun!


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