And the Earth still does what she wants

And on the day after Earth Day, my dear wife Karen and I wake up in the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city Eastwood neighborhood to a reminder that spring can still be mean.

I'll call it a dusting.

I’ll call it a dusting.

The new flowers and greening lawn were hit with overnight snow. It stuck. The temperature now at 8:45 a.m. reads 37ยบ F. The local TV weather fellow says to expect at least 20 degrees below the norm for today and Friday.

Snow stuck.

Snow avoiding it.

Did I mention the snow stuck pretty good? Yes, it will melt. The wipers will whisk it away from the car windshield. Mother Nature will still do what she wants. Besides, watching the network portion of the news, I see that other parts of America are getting much more severe swats from her today. Earth Day did not appease. Nor quick fix. But let’s not stop striving.

What’s the weather where you live today? Are you experiencing violent swings this season, and if so, what have they been? What little or big things do you do to better your relationship with Earth?


76 thoughts on “And the Earth still does what she wants

    • I am so stubborn, Scott, that once I make the change, I stick to shorts and my light spring jacket. Some folks (maybe even my dear wife Karen) substitute stiubborn with more vivid descriptors.


      • Not normally a Mets fan here, but I was tired of all the talk in the preseason about the Nats being a lock for the division. That kind of talk didn’t work do well for the Red Sox in 2012, and I loved seeing the experts explain how their preseason pick to win the World Series finished last in their division. I would love to see the Nats repeat that this year…. and an upstart Mets team would be a nice start towards that goal!


      • Yes, I know what you mean about reverse expectations being a delight in Bizarro Baseball World. Of course, my dilemma here is that the Syracuse Chiefs are the Nationals’ Triple A squad. Ouch!


      • My daughter actually has all of her dogs trained to stop inside the door between the garage and the kitchen and wait to have their paws wiped off. I tried, but I wound up with a ton of mud on me, and Cody still managed to wiggle away before her paws were clean enough. Now I just Swifter the kitchen floor constantly – or pretend that the linoleum really is that muddy brown color. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Ellie B wriggles away from the old towel treatment, Cordelia’s Mom. She does not like that at all. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A big reason we went with Pergo for our new flooring that went over the beat-up hardwood was because of its brown look and easy care!

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  1. Wow, you just can’t get a break. I remember in the early 80s (approx.) we had a huge snowstorm in April in N.Y. I was in Brooklyn at the time. I remember you couldn’t even tell the streets from the curbs. It melted really quickly though. I wonder if it effected you??


  2. Spring certainly is a vixen, Mark! Smiling at your being more positive then I may have been awakening to a dusting of snow! Cold but sunny today. My younger brother, the racer/teacher is going camping this weekend with my grandson, Skyler and his Boy Scout troop. I hope they won’t freeze to death and end up in the car! ha ha!
    I am off to see the eye surgeon for my 6 months check up. I am hoping to get a better ‘excuse out of heavy bulk’ letter but am not positive he will choose to do so. My optometrist wrote such a good one except for the final line about my switching to glasses to drive a double pallet-rider. Who wants to switch to do these duties? NOT me! Have a fantastic weekend and will check back on Friday eve. or Sat. morn.!!


    • Robin, I hope the letter comes out just the way you need it to stay right where you are in the Advance Warehouse. Of course, your bosses should have the eyesight themselves to realize that one size does not fit all as far as job reversatility requirements are concerned. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  3. Hey Marky-mark…. Yes Mother Nature has her own plans. Here in va we just had rain… And plenty of wind. Have a nice day and stay warm


  4. feel like I owe you an apology for mentioning that i couldn’t quite believe you didn’t have snow in the comments yesterday. The weather must have been eaves dropping and sent some your way just to prove that it’s in charge ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. we had a big swing to the cold side, last night too. snow ‘a flying, but nothing sticking, happily. supposed to slowly warm up once again. c’mon mother nature —


  6. Mark, terrible Pictures….;-)
    I guess thats typical April weather!
    here in Stockholm its sunny today-but last night it was below zero….
    i keep praying every night that my plants and seeds on my balcony will survive!!!

    Have a nice weekend and I hope we both have a nice weather!


    • I will take our snow over you cyclone-like storms, Vonita. We complain about the snow all the time, but we plow it and shovel it and mostly go on with our lives. The cyclone and winds appear to be more dangerous to me. We get hail sometimes here, too. I say, wear a helmet if you must go outside. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Someday I hope you get to see snow. First-timers love its beauty.

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      • Thank you, it snows in the mountains and there is a ski resort, so have seen snow, but not where I reside. This has been the worst cyclone-type storm in sydney, but some times there are bush fires or floods or droughts throughoit Australia. Johannesburg has the best thunderstorms ever, you can feel the tension building in the air, black, heavy clouds forming and then the storm will hit in the afternoon, it is really awesome, but we don’t seem to have those type of storms here in sydney.


      • I have felt the electricity in the air from lightning storms, Vonita. It has made the hair on my arms to stand up. And I felt the charge when the satellite dish on the roof of our house got struck by lightning.

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  7. I still miss “some” of the snow, Mark. But I do recall one year when the last snow was on Mother’s Day – which, I believe, was on May 12th that year. When I opened our drapes and saw the white stuff, I screamed. But the cool nights were always a blessing. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. Mr. B, you have been so busy writing – I am SOOOOOOOOO behind! I had a rough couple of days with the case of the blues and a swollen knee. But…all is better now thanks the heavens above!

    We got a bit of snow but it did not stick! NO MAS POR FAVOR!


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