1. It's been snowing off & on for the past 36 hours.
Snow in April in our parts in not unusual. (For some reason, people on facebook are freaking out.)
Last year we had this destructive storm in April.
The year before, we had significant snowfall in May:
It has snowed in April more often than not, all of my life.
The big difference is that usually a final snow or two snows come after we get a good taste of Spring.. after we get used to our feet touching the earth again, after we rake our yards and maybe even till our gardens. After the birds return, and the pond has opened up. We usually fear for the tadpole eggs which have already been laid by the frogs, who've already reemerged from down under.
I find this post to be a pretty accurate photographic depiction of a typical April in northern Minnesota.
This year, we haven't had a thaw yet. Everything is frozen. No frogs. No worms or birds. No color. No long evenings spent outside reveling in the spring air & increased daylight. Instead, we're cooped up and it feels like December. Not so much as even a real spring teaser yet.
2. We've had a long two weeks of doubling up on sports practices. Basketball season was done some time ago, but the boys have a pacesetter tournament coming up. This means after school they have baseball (which is currently in season.. games pending Mother Nature) from 4-6, and basketball from 6-8. These four hours of sports practice after school make for a long day for them. Tomorrow we'll watch them on the court. It's very special watching our twin athletes play together. It should be a fun day.
(Mason & Eric, 8th grade season.)
3. I've been obsessing over the color green. If you haven't checked out my Green Post of yesterday, you should. It took a ridiculous amount of time to go through my archives selecting green photos and getting them to line up so nice in a post. But I enjoyed it. ☺
4. Sometimes I think if anyone could hear me play the piano during the day when I'm alone, they might think I've lost my marbles.
Music is therapeutic. I enjoy playing. (It's just that I'm not all that good.)
5. Tomorrow is our dear neighbor Marianne's 94th birthday. She recently traveled to Arizona and brought me back a cookbook. Marianne is extraordinary. It's been a great fortune in life to be her neighbor these past 15 years. Her sister, Helen, is 99. Her 100th birthday is coming up this summer. Marianne often goes to town to pick Helen up and takes her grocery shopping & out for lunch. Sometimes she brings Helen out to the "farm" for an overnight visit & then runs her back to town. As I said - extraordinary.
(The kids with a couple of their friends, singing "Happy Birthday" to Marianne last year, #93.)
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