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April 2, 2010

A typical spring day before Easter produces the usual anxiety

I have a big party on Easter afternoon after the church events and Easter egg hunts, everyone heads my way to celebrate the spring. But the weather never fails to cause me anxiety since I live in a small cabin and there's not really room for 20 or 30 people and yet they come. So if it's not warm enough outside for us to sit out in the yard, I put up a tarp on the deck and set up tables for food out there, and we all crowd into the house or shiver under the tarp. The charcoal bbq grill provides some heat for people to stand around.

This year the new house was supposed to be ready, but of course it isn't. These things always take longer than planned.

Today it snowed hard for a while and now the sun is out. It rained all day and night yesterday and is supposed to rain on and off the rest of the week and through the weekend. I bought some really pretty Ranunculus(the ones I planted aren't up yet), Shasta Daisies, and Primroses and it's been too wet to plant them. So they sit on the deck and soak in the rain. They're beginning to look a little the worse for wear so I may have to get out in the rain and snow and plant them anyway because it's now raining again.

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So although March is supposed to go out like a lamb, in the mountains both March and April fluctuate between spring and winter, one minute making you think spring is finally here, and next taking you two steps back into soggy snowy winter. There's nothing smooth about seasonal change here. It's either too hot too soon, or too cold too late. So it helps to have a day just to sit and stare out the window and wonder how many times the weather can change its mind in one day.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at April 2, 2010 8:25 AM
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