It Feels Like Summer!

I don’t know how it feels where you live, but here in Maine the temperature is in the 70’s and it feels like summer already.  Probably down south you guys are already in the 80’s or higher, but up here it’s an amazing thing to feel temps like this in the middle of March.  It wouldn’t surprise me to have one more big snowstorm before winter lets go of us, but even if we do it’ll be a quick “dump and melt.”  Regardless, this was the first day of the season where my pasty skin actually saw sunlight for a good bit of the day.  (Not as bad as you guys in Minnesota though.  :-)

Between now and the end of April is what we typically call “Mud Season” up here.  You want to take your skidder for a drive in the woods?  Be sure to have a rig ready to pull it out!  I’ve seen those things buried to the axles.

It’s the season when the dogs go out on the lawn and come back in and leave big muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor and the carpet.   It’s the season when kids go out to play and come back in looking like they went to the mud wrestling event at the bar on Saturday night.  You get the idea.

But this year mud season hasn’t been all that bad.  There’s been a lot less snow to melt, which means less mud, but it also means less water for the water table this summer.  Unless we have a rainy spring it could cause some issues later in the summer.   *Note to self:  look into buying a couple more rain barrels.

Global Warming?  I don’t know.  It does seem like we’ve been having some odd weather patterns in the last few years, but if you take a look at the big picture the planet has been having weather for billions of years now and the insects called human beings haven’t been around all that long.  How long have we actually been tracking the weather?  A hundred years?  Pffft!

Before sounding the trump of doom I’d rather get some hard science looking at it.

In the meantime I’ll enjoy the nice weather and marvel at the fact that I saw the first mosquitoes out today.  Speaking of which, pretty soon it’ll be blackfly season and that’s when we see huge hungry hordes of flying terror.  If you’ve never experienced blackflies all I can say is you’re lucky… those of you who have lived in Maine know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, today I started getting some gear together for my nephews at the Army/Navy store and I’m excited to get that project under way. We stopped at Sam’s club and bought some items in bulk for the pantry.  We spent some time with the kids at the park in Augusta and I can’t think of a better way to spend time than being with my family.

What did you do over the weekend?  Is it warm where you are?  Are you still buried in snow?  Did you do anything to boost your preparedness level?  Let your fellow preppers now what you’re up to.

-Jarhead Survivor



21 comments… add one
  • shtf March 18, 2012, 9:31 pm

    feel like summer here too :) canned a bit this weekend and started a raised bed garden. Hope it works out well.

  • john March 18, 2012, 9:57 pm

    There is no such thing as global warming. After reading the FOIA release and the e-mails, I then looked at their programs to see where they fudged the data. They basically filled in numbers on empty plots to suit their needs and it is even stated in the REM lines. The hockey stick was a farce. All lies. Which is now why they call it climate change. It is still hot as hell in Kenya though.

    They deleted the real data to boot.

  • Michael March 18, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Spring generally comes a bit late to the Puget Sound and it looks like we’ve got a few more weeks of low 40’s and rain, before it starts to warm up. A couple of days back it was 34 degrees, a hard snow and rain mix coming down, and a 20 mile and hour wind. Horrid, horrid, stuff to be outside in.

  • Richard H March 19, 2012, 1:15 am

    I live in ohio so I really can relate to expecting blizzards in march. The weather (70’s) has caught us off guard too.( even though we always expect weird weather we never expect pleasantly weird weather.) As for the mosquitos I sympathisize with you. My property is bordered by swamp on three sides so the mosquitos come by the cloud. One of my projects for this spring is to get SEVERAL bat houses built.Other than that I plan to get a new air rifle, do some back packing and get in shape. Are things going well on your end of things?

  • JOHN-BROWN-LIVES March 19, 2012, 2:41 am

    I can tell you why this inclement weather has seeped upon the land. BLAME IT on man-love.

    WHO AM I? I was known by the name of JOHN BROWN a hundred and fifty years ago. I HAVE returned as THE SHRUBBERY DEVIL.

    In those days i decried slavery…the peculiar institution. I HAVE BEEN SENT BACK BY the Lord God Jehovah to battle sodommy…

    yES. LEt me throw my sweaty hat into the political ring. Somone must say it.

    I, THE SHRUBBERY DEVIL, HOLDER of a gold shield CCW BADGE, must inform all of you on your duty at the ballot box.

    ONLY SANTORUM CAN SAVE US!!! Save us from whome, you may ask?!


    Of all the candidates, Rick Santorum is the least likely to have engaged in sodommy. It is improbable that he has, in fact, ever had sexual intercourse with his wife. PURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW. Purity is what we need!

    Our current President surely doth know the ‘love that dare not speak its name.” WHERE HAS THAT GOTTEN US. WHERE, I SAY????

    iT WAS HOMOsexyul behaviore that lost the vietnam war. If Hitler was not homosexyule, we’d all speak (sprekin) the doytch todday

    The homosexyules: hate guns, hate the flag, hate beer, hate John Wayne, hate apple pie, and hate the constitution. The homosexyules: smoke dope, burn flags, eat tofu, have lots of abortions, and drink foreign vodka in their bmw’s as they patrol the parks for young boys to corrupt.


    How do i know? I met him. It was in the bathroom at an all male church meeting. We shook hands and spent several jolly minutes in that bathroom. IT CHANGED my life.

    I URGE YOU ALL TO VOTE FOR Mr. Santorum. HE’S SEXY BUT NOT GAY. He is not GERMAN. He likes little house on the Prairie. he eats apple pie. HE IS NOT GAY….JUST SEXY.

    Go do your duty.


    • irishdutchuncle March 19, 2012, 9:26 am

      Just couldn’t resist the urge to stir the pot, could you?

      • Watchdog March 19, 2012, 11:33 am

        Sorry I left my soap box at home. If I hadn’t I would certainly learn to spell better. However, John Brown, can we take it that you don’t approve of Barack Hussein Obama? Good, neither do I. In fact I wouldn’t buy a used car from him. That darn car would always pull the left.:-)

    • Jason March 19, 2012, 2:11 pm

      John Brown,

      Suggestion – maybe lay off smoking the Devil’s Shrubbery & watching that end times show – Hour of Sour. Also, I do worry about a man who call another man sexy.

      Your only hope my friend is pharmaceuticals & a belted white jacket.

      • Jason March 19, 2012, 2:24 pm

        Speaking of which … T.R. where are you? You sexy thing you.

        Laughter out loud!!

  • JohnDoe1999 March 19, 2012, 4:09 am

    It was snowing this morning. I live in Southern California.

  • Carolyn March 19, 2012, 8:30 am

    Up here in Ontario, Canada, it is unseasonably warm, and we’re all loving it. Lots of folks are out getting their gardens ready, turning the compost, finding some reason to be outside. I’ve kicked my compost bucket around some, I have peas and lettuce inside (due to no sun outside), and worked on my food storage preps quite a bit. Right now it’s sunny here and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Not bad for March.

  • riverrider March 19, 2012, 11:09 am

    the records being broken here were set in the 40’s. they must have thought it was the end times with the war and all. just “normal” weather that looks “abnormal” to our fleeting human memory. i have noticed that the river never freezes anymore, nor the lake that we drove a vw across one year. i think this is just climate. the gw crowd convieniently overlooks the fact that the biggest rise was during the 1400’s. factories? power plants? cars? no, just nature. improvise, adapt, overcome.

  • Watchdog March 19, 2012, 11:55 am

    Here in Southern Ontario the temperature is supposed to hit 25c./75f. today and tomorrow. (We’ve been breaking all time records for the past two weeks). This is the first year that I haven’t been able to snowshoe. The most snow that we got here in the south was 8 cm/3.5 in. I would have had to travel 500km./350mi. NE up to Algonquin Provincial Park to get into any meaningful snow this year. It sure is getting spooky.

  • Jason March 19, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Here’s the only thing I KNOW about global warming – in Australia it is quite clear their a hole in the Ozone layer because everyone burns very easily & they measure sun exposure by burn time.

    They sell UV rated clothing & kids at school MUST wear hats that have fabric that covers their necks. I’ve been there & felt it first hand.

  • Juliette of OHio March 19, 2012, 8:51 pm

    My last little snowdrift remnant melted last week and it’s great to go out of the house without expedition-weight clothing. I have all my seeds and am mulling over what to plant, knowing I’m taking a chance. Lettuce and onions go in tomorrow and what will be, will be. Our winter seemed mild to me. The local residents say it’s the warmest since the 1950s. We’ve been here 13 years so I don’t have a time-line to compare to.

    Mosquitos and tiny ants everywhere. My dog is up-to-date on her heartworm meds which is good. We had a hot, dry summer and a chilly wet fall and winter. Still too wet to till the garden and I’ve got standing puddles. The compost and chopped corn stalks look like beaver dams since they’ve congealed into little pyramids. The egg shells are bobbing around in the calm water like tiny boats. I’m afraid the heat will continue and I REALLY don’t want a big electric bill this summer. Ohio has had heavy rain in the spring and fall for the last four years, while summer is blazing and dry. I don’t believe in man-made global warming, but I do believe in climate change (maybe because I minored in geology). The earth’s climate has always changed, occasionally to extreme degrees. I’m much more fearful of an Ice-Age than I am New York flooding. (Of course, I don’t live in New York.)

    In the meantime, we continue to plant and preserve. New goals over the winter were to get sufficient medical supplies for accidents and the everyday discomforts of daily living. Also to get new leather belts for my foot-powered sewing machine. So far, so good and I think we’ve made a really good start.

  • Liz March 19, 2012, 8:54 pm

    It 70 degrees here in NC at 8:50 pm. ! It was a hot day. We’ve had rain the last 3 days so its real humid. I’ve slacked off the prep purchases lately, spent some money on more fence to keep the deer out of the garden and spent some on seed potatoes and seeds for the garden. I’ve got 3000 square feet tilled and will kill more lawn this year and expand the garden. I’m going to go natural like this guy, and Ruth Stout. Except no gardening naked for me. I’m very fair skinned.
    Oh and if that shrubbery devil shows up in my yard Im gonna have some target practice with my new Ruger LCP.

  • wilson March 19, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Checking in from Minnesota….I expect at least one more snow dump. The problem with that is that my pear trees buds are starting to open now, if the snow and freezing kill them there won’t be any fruits for this year. That happened a few years ago. My mushroom logs are flushing too, they won’t mind another snow storm though.

  • sillyMe March 20, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Woke up this morning to another 12 inches of snow (damned global warming). The ten day weather report shows snow for ten more days at least. I’m waiting until I hear the plow go by before I fire up the snow blower. First day of Spring my A**.

    • Watchdog March 20, 2012, 3:47 pm

      Hey Sillyme,

      You didn’t tell us what part of the Exciting States of America you live in……..Alaska?Lol.


      • sillyMe March 26, 2012, 6:20 pm

        I am at 4200′ very close to some of the larger mountains in the Cascades. Technically it’s a pine forest. The development was platted 50 years ago but very few lots were built on, probably 5%. It’s a beautiful area and honestly I have no problem with the weather, I love the snow. I see quail every day, raccoon and coyotes often and when the snow is gone I see deer everyday usually in the evening. Sometimes at night you can hear them. I swear it is so quiet here that you can hear their hoofs hit the dirt if the move fast. You have to know the sound but once you recognize it you will always know it.

  • Extexanwannabe March 21, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Down here in south Texas, we didn’t even get a freeze this winter. That’s real bad because the mosquitos have a head start this spring. We’ve had temps in the 80’s already, as is the forecast for the next several days…then it’ll start warmin’ up. Two years ago we had 72 days with temps 100 or over. I reckon we’ll see something similar this summer.


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