Tag Archives: spring

Spring…FINALLY!

Winter went on waaaay longer than necessary around here, with absolutely vicious ice, but finally nice things are beginning to happen outdoors if you remove a compressed pollen season from the equation. The very first Nice Thing of May occurred … Continue reading

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A Blessing of Wild Things

We’ve had an explosion of wildlife sightings in our neighborhood, most of them by Walking Partner and her family across the street. In April alone they have observed a great horned owl in a tree just south of their house, … Continue reading

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This is NOT Snow

…and the white streaks that appear to be running down the front of the gray house across the street are NOT the result of a poor paint job. What you are seeing is a surprise hail event that occurred this … Continue reading

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Sugaring Off in Ohio

A highlight of my recent trip to Ohio was an afternoon arranged by my friend Nancy: a visit to Valley View Woodlands, a farm in western Champaign County, to talk with Marc Stadler about his maple syrup operation. The weather … Continue reading

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Wake-Up Call

The yellow emergency horns at the top of this high school are half a block from my dad’s house, where I’m spending the week. Monday morning these horns started blaring at 4:30 a.m. Emergency horns that are half a block … Continue reading

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