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Friday, March 14, 2003

AND-a-1, AND-a-2, ALL TOGETHER NOW...

Today is the first day this year we've had a major chorus of birdsong. Redwing blackbirds, robins, finches...they're all coming back. Ah, sigh. I'm ready for that old Bastard Winter to have one more go at us, but for the most part, I will consider spring at least mostoftheway sprung. When the sandhill cranes come back, it'll be official, regardless of the equinox or the actual weather.

People are probably wearing shorts again, but I wouldn't know because I'm STUCK INSIDE WORKING.

Grrrr...mumblemumbleTYPINGmumbleDOCTORSgrumblegrumbleSTUPIDmumblegrumblePATIENTS...you know how it goes.


ADDENDUM: Fininshed typing and headed out to Lapham Peak and the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Refuge. De Cranes! De Cranes! I saw two and heard a hell of a lot more. Yay!!! The slush and mud were ankle deep, but did we care? NO! There was intoxicating misty air to be inhaled, blackbirds to agitate, deer to startle, turkeys to scare...yeah. The truth fo'sho'nuff - a week early - Winter is dead! Long live Spring!

Also, another sure sign of spring: Asparagus is getting cheaper.

posted by Julie Neff  # 3/14/2003 01:13:00 PM

Thursday, March 13, 2003

SIGHTINGS II

Here is a measure of Wisconsinites' desperation for spring: It's sunny, only slightly breezy, about 45 degrees in the sun. People are out and about. The high school cross-country team is jogging along. Kids are out shooting hoops in their driveways.

People are wearing shorts.

Shorts.

Make a note.

posted by Julie Neff  # 3/13/2003 04:05:00 PM

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