Monday, February 9, 2009
The Tricks of Mother Nature
After enduring several months of below average winter temperatures, we have had a major thaw over the weekend. Noah informed me about a week ago that there were only 6 hours of above freezing temperatures during the entire month of January! We are talking 31 days here...and only 6 hours of temps above 32 degrees Fahrenheit people! With the temps so cold, no sun to be found, and a increasing economic hardship...I wonder if the suicide rates are up in Michigan this year. Something to ponder. It has been a bitterly cold and depressing winter. Now... Mother Nature can be an evil and devious little sprite. The temperatures rose to the high 40's over the weekend and the glorious sun touched the massive snow mounds here in Michigan. When the temps have been in the single digits and low teens for at least a month...45 degrees is like a summer heat wave. I saw people trading their snowmobiles in for motorcycles and parkas in for tee-shirts over the weekend...crazy Michiganders. I guess we take what we can get. I even hear that tomorrow temps are going to reach 50 degrees...time to get out the air conditioners! Well all this thawing and sunshine (which I have been desperate for for months) has caused a soupy, muddy mess of some of our alpaca pens and pastures. The poor alpacas...they were so excited to see the sun and not be locked in the barn at night, they didn't even seem to mind the mess. They were out in the field nibbling on the thawed out stubbles of grass...grass that they would have turned their noses up at last summer when there was longer lush grass available. Maree Sol even decided to roll in the muddy grass...she now looks like a mud pie. Even with the muddy mess, the alpacas and I are happy to see the sun and are enjoying the warm weather... but not so deep down inside, I know it is just a ruse of mother nature...she is a trixie minx after all. I am confident that in a few days time, it will be back to bitter cold, sunless days, and snow galore!
Posted by Mother Robinson at 1:07 PM