Day 33 – Seasonal shifts

Today, The Flirt brought over the ice house to store for the season. He went ice fishing with his nephew yesterday and had some success, but it is getting too warm out to be on the ice much longer. Soon we will have to renew our fishing licenses and get our summer poles ready for the new season. Yay!

I am so ready for the new fishing season. Why? Because with that comes warm weather.


Lake Sakakawea from a pontoon last Summer

I’m ready for the good warm weather, and gardening, and fishing in the sunshine. I’m ready for warm breezes and thunderstorms. I’m ready to have weather that requires neither the furnace nor the air conditioner to be on at all.


Today, I planted some herbs and eagerly await their little green sprouts to appear. I do have one regular house plant, but it’s kind of static. It doesn’t change much, and is a little underwhelming when it comes to the kind of growth and change I am looking for.

I love when the seasons change, but I am always looking forward to the change of seasons, but Spring and Autumn are my favorites. These seasons seem to drip with the magic of Mother Nature, and the beautiful transformations that go along with that.

Right now, I am so grateful to have a day in early March which is so beautiful I can shut off my furnace and have all of my windows open. It’s a whopping 39 degrees here today, the sun is out, and there’s just a little breeze. Lovely!

Here in North Dakota we have to take advantage of these nice days. There’s a saying here: If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes and it will change. That’s the truth. Old Man Winter (who can go suck rotten eggs) isn’t done with us yet. Tonight, we can expect, “…a wintry mix followed by accumulating snow and blowing snow possible across western and central North Dakota, Sunday night through Tuesday…strong northwest winds with gusts of between 50 and 60 mph are also possible Monday… 3-5 inches are possible…”. The good news is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to get below zero. There’s always a silver lining!

Here’s hoping you have lovely weather where you are, and that your Sunday is slow and peaceful. Blessings all!





Good things

I’ve been having a bit of a rough time recently, having received some news that was less than welcome, so I haven’t had much good to blog about. Today, for some reason, life doesn’t seem quite so dim. So, in the spirit of boosting my attitude even further I’ve been pondering on good things I have observed or experienced recently:

1. I clipped Harley’s nails for the first time this morning and he actually sat still and purred while I did it. I was a little concerned that he might try to claw my face off, but I got lucky. Score!

2. The weather report today says it’s going to get up to 20 degrees today. Finally…a little warmth. But, the good news doesn’t stop there! Apparently the temperature will rise and we’re looking at hitting 40’s next week. 40’s!! It’s about time!

3. I picked up some apples at the store yesterday, and as I am sitting here crunching away on one as I type, I realize this is the first good apple I’ve had in a while.

4. Some time ago, a coworker at The Big Box Store left that job. He was nice and we had a good time flirting back and forth, he liked to tease me that he was going to marry me, even though I told him I won’t ever do that again (seriously, not ever).  He made the effort to come to the store when I was working to let me know he’d left that job, and to let me know where I could find him at his other job.  He genuinely seemed to want to maintain our acquaintance, which was flattering to me, but I chose not to pursue it. In the last month or so, I’ve second guessed myself on that decision, but I recently realized that I just don’t have time for a man, or the complications that come with it. I’m actually really relieved. I made the right decision and I’m happy with it.

5. I was sick for about 4 weeks, and just couldn’t shake it. It finally got so bad that I had to take a day off work from both jobs and go to the doctor. As things stand today, I’m still coughing a bit, but I feel like a million bucks compared to last week. It’s amazing how we take breathing for granted.

6. I started in a new position at my main job (The Cube Farm), and it’s pretty complicated. Yesterday I had a whole bunch of work that I just learned to do QC’d and I passed with flying colors. Whooo!

7. The people I work with at The Cube Farm make working there really great. Not only are they smart and nice, but they are drop dead funny. I like that I can go to work and have a good time every day.

8. I’m feeling empowered by the fact that we have a lot of jobs that need filling in the area. I’ve had my fill of the shenanigans at The Big Box Store, and think I will spend some time looking for a new 2nd job. Not only might I find better pay, but I’m willing to bet that I will find less administrative baloney as well. The Big Box Store has got nine levels of hell management to deal with, and they have a hard time communicating. Working there has got it’s perks, and the people are nice for the most part, but working there can be a little like trying to surf on quicksand. I won’t miss it.

9.  We’re having Sweet and Sour Chicken for supper. Yum!

10. Older Son is turning 18 this weekend. He’s really turned into a nice young man, and I’m a lucky Mom.

What’s good in your life today?

Old Man Winter isn’t done with us yet

We were spoiled for a while, having temperatures in the 40’s for over a week. The snow melted some, and the roads were cleared off. It was glorious to walk outside with the sun on our faces and feel like Spring was just around the corner.

And then, not.

I should have known better. It didn’t quite smell like Spring, even though it looked like it.

Yesterday Old Man Winter woke from his nap and realized he’d been falling down on the job. Now the cold is back and storms are all around us. Luckily we haven’t had it too bad where I live, but others are getting pounded. Here is where I find my blessing for today…I don’t have to dig out to go to work today.

In North Dakota, we essentially have two seasons: Winter and Construction. When the weather is warm enough, people are building and fixing things. With our booming economy, they are still building even though the weather is so cold. I hope someone gives the construction workers the day off today. Wind chills of -20 and lower would seem to warrant a day off from outside work, right?


Here’s to hoping that Old Man Winter gets sleepy again soon and forgets that he has things to do…!