March blew in yesterday. The morning gave us a thunderstorm and rain. By afternoon the main Trail was free of snow and ice. Driving home during the afternoon and evening was nasty because of the fog. Both Bruce and I did it at different times. It wasn’t fun for either of us.
The good part of the day was that we still had two feet of snow in the woods. Some colder weather is coming and our guests will be out skiing again. And of course, we are all remembering Marches in the past. Those were the years when the snow was really going and it was almost gone except we got a storm that dumped two feet of new snow on us. No matter happens, we will enjoy the fact that within several weeks real spring will be here.
Besides snow or rain or whatever, March is also bringing us longer days. The extra hours of daylight are a true blessing. I don’t even mind have a hour’s less sleep as we spring forward into daylight’s savings time. Our longer days will just keep moving onward until the 21st of June when we start going the other way.
Bruce and I and April (from the front desk) leave tomorrow for the annual gift shop buying show. April has done all the hard work. She has inventoried, read catalogs and made her lists. The gift shop at the lodge without the clothing doesn’t seem very big. The three of us, however, will spend a day and a half just looking at the various show rooms. Then we will spend an equal amount of time buying from various venders. If you have ever been on a business trip for Bruce, we will spend every minute working.
The best part of the trip will be Saturday night. That is the night we go out to dinner with Lee, Eva, Grant and Mae. I love to see my children and their spouses but, like all grandmothers, it is the grandchildren who are always to stars of the show. It is so hard to realize how much they know and grow.
I thought about this just the other night. Like many of you I am getting the family organized through Ancestry and their Family Tree Maker. Pictures are very meaningful. I just saw two pictures that really hit home. Each picture had one of my grandmothers holding me the day I was baptized. It’s hard to see me in that little baby. And have I lived up to all the hopes that those two women had for me?
It is getting a little colder outside. My thermometer reads 30 degrees. The rain yesterday and the colder weather today have pretty well cleaned the snow off the roofs. The Tucker Lake Road from the Gunflint Trail to our house is just a mess off slush and soft snow. Somebody hit the snow bank very hard. Bruce asked if I did it. Luckily I had not come close to the bank. It is a matter of knowing when to drive very very slowly in the sloppy snow.