Answers to the question 'Why?'
It seems that late February and early March were bitter cold and snowy for a lot of the U.S. That bitter cold and snow were soon followed by mild temperatures the end of March that made us all think that spring had arrived, but I don't think that Mother Nature was ready to cooperate totally just yet.
The past few weeks, we have been busy preparing for planting season. Although in some aspects I feel a little ahead of the game this year, there are other times when I look at the amount of work that is yet to be done and get a little overwhelmed.
I know I am not alone, the farmers in the south have been busy planting for several weeks and those of us up north took advantage of the mild weather we had in late March to get some thing accomplished I am sure. For me, it isn't the planting that will take so long this year, it is the preparation of equipment and most of all, the fact that this year we are clearing a chunk of ground that hasn't been farmed in many years which adds to our already busy spring.
Last week was spring break for our kids and my wife and I both had taken some vacation time. We had planned to travel to the Wisconsin Dell's for a little getaway. My fourth grade son is part of an intense elementary wrestling team that finished first in the State of Michigan last year and second this year.
Each year, the top two teams from Michigan travel to the Wisconsin Dells where we meet the top two teams from Minnesota and have a wrestle-off for what I believe is now being called the Paul Bunyan tournament. This wrestling meet is held at a large water park and resort in the Dells. We spend Friday wrestling and then everyone gets to enjoy themselves in the large indoor water park for the remainder of the weekend.
Needless to say, it is hard to get away this time of year, but this year seemed a little easier as the weather promised to be absolutely horrible and it was. No matter what, I knew it would be good to just get away and I am proud to have my son participate on a team of such caliber. Our other four kids are proud of him as well because they get to spend part of their spring break at the largest indoor water park in the world.
As we headed out on Thursday, snow flurries drifted through the air for the second day in a row. Somehow this made leaving all my work behind much easier.
We all had a great time in the Dells and my son and his team both went one-and-one for the day. As we traveled home late Saturday night, the snow flurries still drifted through the air in Michigan now for the fourth day in a row.
On Sunday, I have got to say that I felt a little bit depressed. Although there was just a little dusting of snow on the ground, it was still snowing, now for the 5th day in a row, I had lost four days of work in the field, and to top it off, some of the 4-H animals appear to be having some first signs of some health issues. It sure is nice to get away with the family, but sometimes it sure feels a little overwhelming when you get back.