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The wind is howling like mad today. The trees are blowing back and forth like they are dancing. This morning when I woke it was 50 degrees and raining. Now it is almost freezing and snowing. 

Yesterday, we reached upwards of almost 60 degrees, it didn’t do well for the snow that we had gotten the day before and the snow that still was on the ground. Things started to look and feel like spring…but wrong. It is not even February yet, it can’t be spring much less mud season.

Here is a picture from the road from yesterday. Add crazy wind and half as much snow and you can imagine what it looks like this morning.

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The weather pushed 50 here on the hill today, which means that word we all dread in these parts — MUD. I went to grab one of the boys and the road was just horrific. Wherever the sun was hitting, the road had ruts a foot or more deep. For those of you who love roller coasters and amusement parks — no need to travel far or spend a lot. Simply take a ride on our road, Mother Nature has provided us with one heck of a ride. Hang onto your hats because your vehicle is going wherever it feels like or more appropriately wherever the vehicles that have traveled before you have gone. You had best just hope that none of them took a turn off the side of the road, because with these ruts you’d be hard pressed to convince your vehicle to turn otherwise. 

Let’s hope that the call for cold weather comes and freezes this all and then our wonderful road crew can come and flatten it all out before more snow….it’s way too early to feel like spring. As I type this I wish I had gone out and gotten some pictures, too dark for that now, I am sure those ruts will still be there in the morning. I’ll try for some pictures then.

“Beware the Ides of March” ~ the infamous warning by the soothsayer to Julius Caesar. He of course ignored the warning, and we know how that went for him. Not well.

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Hard to believe that we are midway through March and what a strange month it has been.  Almost all of the snow that we’ve gotten this winter  has been during March which has resulted in some wonderful mud. It is putting a wonderful end to the season of rain, freeze, thaw, mud — known other years as winter when the precipitation that fell from the sky was fluffy and white, when you didn’t need your ice skates to make your way across the yard and when mud boots did not replace snow boots. A little bitter, you might say? Yes, I am. Winter was a clear disappointment this year, my cross country skis remained in the shed instead of on my feet and walking anywhere was a challenge.

Now, we have mud like mad, which I find a little confusing since we didn’t have all that much snow to be melting off to be causing this mud. This week has been mild and mild is good because it means that maybe the mud will be going away soon.

March is an odd month. We go from pi (yesterday was 3-14 or Pi Day) to Julius Caesar and death to dancing leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. Combine that with the Lion and Lamb thing (March is in like a lion and out like a lamb or vice versa) and you have a month complete with food, death, animals and little green creatures.  No wonder there’s mud this month — it’s a very confusing and conflicted month — murky, indeed.

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There are a variety of greetings out there. Some are dependent upon nationality of those involved or age or in our case, geographic location. See, there’s this time of year here in Vermont called Mud Season. It’s between the end of winter and spring. The ground generally gets so frozen deep down that you get frost heaves (another post all together) but as the snow melts and the ground has yet to become unfrozen, the water wells up on top with nowhere to go and turns all our dirt roads (of which there are many) to mud. A greeting you will commonly hear when someone is coming to your house is “How’s the road?” An odd question to ask someone, or to start a conversation with, but you see, us folks up here in the land of eternal winter (and yes, for those of you asking even despite almost 60 degree temperatures for the past three days, we still have snow) know that when the sap starts flowing, Mud Season is usually upon us. Anyone traveling to your house will undoubtedly need to know the condition of your road. It is not uncommon to also ask “Do you have 4 wheel drive?” If the answer to that question is “no”, chances are, you’re probably not visiting. It is not unforeseen that your vehicle (even if it is equipped with 4 wheel drive) might find itself buried halfway up the wheels in mud. There are warnings placed on the commonly trafficked and hardest hit by mud roads, warning heavy vehicles or those over a certain weigh load to steer clear, way clear until after mud season ends… or deal with the consequences.

Today we had a delivery truck coming to our house (as my friend Patty from Where Did the Time Go? blog wonderfully puts it, we were under delivery house arrest) and the first question out of their mouth when calling to give us a time frame was “how’s the road?” When they arrived the driver related to us that only days earlier they had been stuck up to their box truck tires in mud unable to get out. Not a fun way to spend the day, I am sure.

Mud Season does have its own amusement since a common thing for teenagers and college kids to do is pile into a car or truck and find the worst dirt road and drive until they get stuck and then push their way out, kind of like Vermont mudwrestling I imagine. Aside from getting stuck in the mud, it’s actually like a really cool roller coaster ride, since there are ruts, like ruts from hell, and when your vehicle is drawn to them (and it will be drawn to them) you get pulled in like when the car on the roller coaster track clicks into place — and you’re off…going wherever the road takes you.

There’s also another really cool thing about Mud Season when you live in Vermont – you know who really loves you. As my husband likes to say: Everyone wants to visit Vermont, but the people that come during Mud Season, they really love you, because there is nothing to do here then, nothing to see – unless of course you like pushing your car out of the mud.

So….how’s your road? Ours, well its pretty muddy.

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Believe it or not, it is snowing again…. On Sunday morning we awoke to a couple inches of snow here and since we truly live in a different weather pattern than everyone else, when we drove down to church for Palm Sunday, our trucks looked like we came from Alaska instead of six miles up the hill. The bottom of the road, down in town was spring-like, green grass and tulips poking their heads through the soil. Up here, everything was white once again and the goats and chickens were confused – didn’t we just see grass yesterday? Last I hear it was forecast 1-3 inches. Spring in Vermont – it’s either mud or snow, just when I saw some signs of life. Gotta love it!

It’s cold, it’s windy – we are stuck in a sort of purgatory here in Vermont. No real signs of spring – although I heard on the radio that people are already reporting cluster flies (now there is something that I can completely do without). There is still some snow, a lot of ice from the snow that melted and even more brown grass and frozen mud. Today is not supposed to get very warm, it is windy as all heck outside and it is supposed to be -5 tonight. Wonderful weather to stay inside by the woodstove – at least we still have that.

This morning the thermometer in my truck read 51 degrees which was accurate given the state of melt that had occurred and was still occurring. Hello….Mother Nature, this is FEBRUARY and we live in VERMONT.  There is supposed to be snow and lots of it. While it was so warm that I could walk outside and run errands without a jacket of any kind, it also means the MUD. Lots and lots of mud -everywhere and I despite mud. We have a whole season up here that revolves around mud and hardly anyone that lives in Vermont actually sticks around for it. Usually it is March into April, not February!

Here are pictures outside of our house this afternoon. 

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Mud….it’s sad, it’s depressing and can only be made worse by one thing……RAIN. That’s what the weather service is forecasting for tonight and tomorrow. Oh joy!

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