18 February 2008

Making Lemonade

They say that when life throws you lemons, that’s what you should do. Actually, at this time of the winter, I’d love it if somebody threw a bag of lemons my way. Oranges and grapefruits, too! But I digress…

Like most of you here in Maine, we awakened this President’s Day to a wet, mucky, dreary mess outside our window. The fog was so thick, we could hardly see the tops of the trees. The rain was coming down and splashing against the ice below our back step, making a sort of small, but deep, pond. The windows were all spattered with rain, so even if we did want to look out at the dreary sight, we couldn’t see anything anyway.

But then, when I drove out this morning, I found the lemonade - the silver lining amidst all the rain and fog. Our driveway, which had been covered by a thick, uneven sheet of ice just yesterday, was nearly clear. The warm temperatures and heavy rain that blew through overnight had washed most of it away. Well, actually most of it washed back down to the end of the driveway where the local snowplow usually leaves a similar mess – but I’m not complaining. Really!

On a different note, we went to a local middle-school basketball tournament today that is known as the Mid-Winter Classic. Hmmm. It’s February the 18th. If this is mid-winter, then we’ve got a LONG way to go.

Off to make lemonade…

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