Thoughts from a domestic engineer
Dandruff? Shredded tax documents before April 15th? An tragic explosion at the snowcone stand? Bird poop?Do tell us Julie, the suspense is killing me! I wanted to guess snow, but I don't see how that's even remotely possible with today being the official start of Spring. hmmmmm
elastic, your comments are always great. No, not dandruff or shredded paper, and we don't own any snowcone machines. Nix on the bird poop too. I could have been referring to the styrofoam that some bird pecked out of our attic access, but that's not it either. Your last guess is RIGHT ON!!!Yes, it's the first day of spring and we woke up to find it SNOWING. Sunday gave us, oh, probably 4 to 5 inches of white stuff, but I had hoped it might melt off and at least make an attempt at looking springy for today. No such luck. (sigh) That's what you get in Utah, though. I've lived here all my life and have seen it snow on the 4th of July. March snow shouldn't be any big deal, but I had hoped....
Wait, you revealed the answer too soon, I had more guesses as to the white stuff on the ground.1. My kids fighting over a box of powdered doughnuts.2. A Ku Klux Klan Rally(what could be whiter than that?)3. Cocaine drug bust at your neighbor's house.4. Barry WHITE ( oh wait, he's under the ground as opposed to on top)As for the snow, don't feel depressed. Just think about your friends here in the South who have to run their A/C in February and melt in puddles of our own butt sweat. Snow always trumps stinky perspiration in my opinion.
Although I loved the snow, after Sunday I started to doubt that spring would ever arrive. But I was wrong. Guess what woke me up this morning at 5:50 am?Not the alarm clock.Not my husband's snoring.Not my kids' downstairs blasting of 101.9 one-half hour premature.Birds. Singing. In the trees. It was beautiful. It really is coming. We can't see it yet, nor can we feel it. But we can hear it!Welcome spring!
With the unpredicable snow and temperature swings of Utah, I'll never understand how farmers survive (especially those with orchards). Even though I miss the snow, I was very greatful for the two days of rain we had in Lubbock. It was the first time in six months that we had received more than .003" in a storm (and we are supposed to get more precipitation than Utah...go figure).And while some of my fellow Lubbockites may find them annoying, I love the sounds of the Grackle that are so predominant in these here parts.
Compulsive- A blackish bird about the size of a Magpie and as plentiful as the Seagull in Utah.http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Common_Grackle.html#sound
Yeah, the grackels are plentiful around Texas. They're actually Mexican Grackels who have immigrated and reproduced rapidly. They're often mistaken for the common black crow but the grackels have a more oily brown sheen to their feathers. Instead of a cawing sound like other birds they make the most awful squawk sound. Grackels are mean as sin too, known for attacking downtown business people if they get too close to one of their nests. This has been Science Discovery Minute featuring your favorite imitation ornithologist, elastic.
Elastic- You just have to know how to tame them there wild Grackles and they'll sing for ya. I'll take them over the European Starling anyday.
It sounds like us westerners are missing out...who knew? I do feel more educated now. Thanks guys.
PS Julie. Kyle has been calling it "Sprinter." That's something else I hadn't ever heard of, but it's kind of cute, at least in the matter-of-fact way he says it.
I'm just desperate to go skiing. I mean desperate! This is slaying me. It would be amazing right now. Park City got 16 inches the other day. AAAAAAH! When am I going to find that independant wealth so I can do what I want when I want?
I think I may be able to get you a 2 for 1 at Brian Head if you're interested...
If you like snow but don't like it to stick around very long, come up to Great Falls. Just make sure you have a good hand to hold your hat on.
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