Don’t Complain   6 comments

Many of us wax poetic at the end of winter and the return of spring. Let’s swap that around. What’s the one thing about spring that you can’t stand?

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It’s considered a sign of mental illness, the equivalent of a “red flag” situation, to complain about spring in Alaska. We have six months of winter. Snow fell in October and in April. Some of those six months the temperature never rises about 0’F.

So, when the sun finally gets high enough in the sky (March) for the snow to start melting and for you to feel some warmth when you lift your face skyward – you’ve got NOTHING to complain about. You survived another winter and soon the days will be 22 hours long and everything will be green and growing.

But that’s not the blog assignment, so ….

At the risk of my neighbors deciding to call the mental health center to report a seriously unhinged individual –

I hate mud and spring in Alaska is mud season. Our mud isn’t normal mud. Our soils are very fine and they don’t have a lot of organics in them, so they cling to everything. You WILL track it into the house where it WILL dry on the floor and get sucked up by the heating system, which WILL circulate it throughout the house, so that you WILL be dusting it for the next six months.

There! Complaint made. That said, shhh, it’ll hear you and decide it ought to be winter again. Snow in May sucks worse than mud in April.

Posted April 22, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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  1. Have you ever had snow in May? We’ve been basking in temperatures of about 22 degrees C this Easter weekend.

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    • Oh, sure. A couple of years ago, it snowed until the third weekend in May. It doesn’t do it often, but it every now and then that six months of winter decides to become eight months of winter. It’s very depressing when that happens. One summer, we were still breaking up snow on the north side of our house on June 1 and it snowed September 12th. That cursed year was the one our daughter was born in. I’m sure it’s not her fault. 🙂

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      • Oh goodness. We have a more temperate climate fortunately, although I once saw hailstones in June.

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      • June is hail month around here … ordinarily. This year, we had hail about a week ago. I’ve never seen it in April before. It’s a weird thing if it happens in May. June is our hot sunny month with lots of thunder showers. That sometimes lasts into July and August. Or not. The weather here is predictable in its unpredictability. It WILL be cold from November to March — except it wasn’t this winter.

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  2. Mud is a pain. i’m glad i’m not dealing with yours!

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    • I’m sure there are other places where glaciers passed through in the long ago that have the same mud, but yeah, everywhere I’ve ever visited has much less annoying mud. You can mop it up at least.

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