It’s been a crazy spring! On the evening news I see that the cherry blossoms are out in Washington, DC and the apple orchard owners of upstate New York are worried about losing this year’s crop of apples because the trees are budding too early. But on Easter Sunday, here in the Maine North Woods, the Easter Bunny was a snowshoe hare. It snowed all day.
Granted the 3-5 inches we got in this area didn’t last and has pretty much melted away. After that it was a grey and gloomy week here….very typical of what we call “Mud Season”. “Mud season” as we call this time of the year in these parts is a frustrating time of year. The snow is mostly gone, except for a small amount left in the shaded recesses on the edge of the fields. With all that bare ground available you want to get outside and do ”stuff”…… garden, clean up the yard, landscape. It seems like a great idea until your feet slowly sink into the mucky ground. Every step is a squish and then a burp as the ground releases its suction cup grip on your feet. The temps are increasingly warmer. On Easter Sunday, 1 week ago, we had snow, and today we are hitting 76. Last night, while I was cooking steaks outside on the grill, I actually killed 3 mosquitoes. There are a lot of locales that lay claim to that old adage by Mark Twain, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes (and it will change)” . That sure has been truer this year more than any other that I can remember (and at 64 years old I can remember quite a few). Whether you call it “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” there is definitely something going on. Now if the winters are a little warmer and a little shorter here in Maine, that seems like a good thing. But if these changes cause the summers to be hotter, I’ll be the first one to start whining. But with the next couple of days forecasted as 70 degree weather, it’s a mad dash to get outside and get as much yard work done as possible before the next big event…. “Black Fly Season”.