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DayCreek Journal

May 29 , 2013

It was a dark and stormy night.


Snowy Cordwood Houseá
Maybe the garden will eventually get fully weeded and planted!

Well…actually it was a dark and stormy afternoon (just one of many lately). But before I begin complaining about the weather, I must once again apologize for my absence here at the Day Creek Journal.

There’s nothing sinister going on, just laziness I guess and there’s not that much new to report. As for the past many years, I have been spending quite a bit of my time doing what I love: nature photography. But, I think I’m about ready to give to pull the plug on attempting to make a business out of it. It’s really a shame since I love nature and I love photography, but there just isn’t enough income to warrant all the effort and time I put into my work. Everybody wants photographs and video for free. Really? Really.

As far as this year’s weather is concerned, it’s been ugly. Winter turned out to be quite snowy with the majority of the snow falling in February through March and into May. May you say? Yes, MAY. It was a very, very late spring for most of the Midwest. February average 2.2 (F) degrees below normal, while March was a whopping -8.3 (F) and April was -6 (F). That may not seem like much, but that’s the average per DAY. It wasn’t until April that the ground began to thaw out and as of today, I still don’t have everything planted in the garden due to persistent rain. The end of May has warmed up a bit, but this relentless rain is getting old.

It will certainly be interesting what summer brings. I can’t wait.

I still have odds and ends to do around the house and there’s also maintenance to tend to. I am hoping to get started on the cordwood veneer for the garage/workshop if I can get some good work days. Right now the rain is postponing all sorts of projects.

That’s about it for now. Stay dry…

-- Alan Stankevitz


Baltimore Oriole in the snow
This is just too weird. On May 3rd it snowed three inches. Luckily we're 60 southeast of Rochester, MN which received over 14". I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be feeding Baltimore Orioles in the snow.