I ran errands in town yesterday and everyone I spoke to commented on the fast disappearing snow and what an early spring it looks like we may have. Of course, the early melting has brought with it early mud, but the "mud season" is simply a period we have to plod through no matter when the spring melt chooses to occur.
I drove a short ways out the other side of town to a wonderful second-hand store that is thriving in our community. I had two boxes of "guy stuff" (is that being sexist?) to donate. All was accumulated from Papa Pea's current purging, cleaning and organizing of the garage and workshop area.
This business is located in a large building that is for sale. The ample parking lot is a disaster at the moment as it is in great need of gravel, but because the second-hand store doesn't own the property, they are not eager to sink a great deal of money (pun intended) into the parking area which is currently a virtual quagmire of icky, oozy mud. When I returned home, I was amazed to see how much of their mud I had brought home on the floor mat of our vehicle. But as I say, 'tis mud season and it's hard to avoid it whether in our own backyard or elsewhere.
Here's the picture taken this morning of the melting in the raised bed area of our garden. Lookin' good!
The back area where we drive in and out with the vehicles and where our main entrance is has had a terribly dangerous coating of ice covering it all winter. As you can see, even that is starting to melt. Even though the remaining white area looks to be slushy, it's still solid ice underneath but admittedly not as slippery to walk on. And that is a very good thing.
Now for the "but" part of my blog title. We are being told to be prepared for 8-10" of heavy snow over the next two-day period.
If the weather forecasters should possibly be correct this time (nah, it'll never happen), it will feel like the proverbial one step forward, two steps back in the progress toward spring. It's just a darn good thing I'm no longer putting any stock in what those whacky weather people tell us. Right? Right.
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