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Weather Folklore


Well, we awoke this morning to another fresh blanket of heavy wet snow here in the Finger Lakes. Steve was reminded of a recent conversation that he had with a local grape farmer about American Robin folklore. He had mentioned to the farmer that he had seen a robin and that we are all ready for spring in our household.


According to the farmer the robin has to get it’s feet wet in snow three times before winter will officially be over. Well, based on the siting of the first robin in our yard a few weeks ago, today’s snow marks the second time that the robin has gotten its feet wet this winter. Meaning… we can look forward to one more measurable snowfall before we can officially bid adieu to winter. Here’s hoping it snows one more time really soon.


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Well there is no question that we are at the crossroads between winter and spring. We cannot remember a March that had so many oscillations between winter and spring all squeezed into a single week.

The week started off with a beautiful day on Monday. Sean ran from the van when we got home to change into play clothes.


Nathan had a little bit of homework to do before he could join Sean, but he got it done and was able to join him in short time.


As they played outside the surroundings were starting to display more and more signs of the budding spring.


But just as quickly as spring had seem to come, Tuesday and Wednesday it slipped away as a late winter ice storm gripped the area and froze the spring activities in the driveway for the indefinite future.


Thursday brought another swing into the direction of spring as the bright sun worked away at thawing the ice that had coated the landscape.


But alas, Winter had a least one more punch for Friday into Saturday. Sean will have to wait a little longer for the rebound.


Nathan decided to make one last snowman with the wet heavy snow, hopefully the last of the season.


It got so cold again on Sunday that even the Snowman needed a hat and gloves. (I think I heard him say aahhhh… thanks, Nathan!)


And as the day started to come to an end, the quintessential sign of spring revealed itself. The season’s first Robin!


There is hope indeed that the end to this madness is near.

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A Taste of Spring



No, the thermometer on the front porch isn’t broken, it read 65 degrees F at about 3 o’clock yesterday when we got home. Originally Steve planned to pick the kids up a little early so that Sean could rest his cold that he is getting over. But there was no resting to be had once they arrived home. Nothing cures a kids spirit quicker than getting a taste of spring so early in January.


It appeared at first as though they didn’t remember exactly what they use to do out in the back yard. But eventually it came back to them.


As they played is was nice to hear the sounds of play and fun coming out of the back yard and the playground that our yard backs up against.


What an extraordinary gift this day was!




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