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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Big Splash

As these March morning temperatures start at 1.3 degrees (our average seasonal temperature; mid-40’s), one has to wonder if it’s an indication of a short summer season. It makes you reflect back to the history books regarding the summer of 1816 - the ‘summer that never was.’ Right now in Boston there’s a big splash dilemma - our famous duck boats are getting a late spring start. These amphibious contraptions aren’t meant to run on ice. 

But on the optimistic side, we’re all waiting for the big melt. Although it’s difficult, plan according to the calendar and not the current weather conditions. Even if it is hard to imagine, in the next 4 to 6 weeks we could have 75 to 80 degree weather.  It can happen quickly. The seasons transition rapidly and if you aren’t already on the fast track, you’ll find yourself behind. 

Just in case some might be considering the big splash for their own backyard this summer (i.e., pool or spa), your plans should be in progress now. Waiting until the weather breaks is not optimal. It takes time to properly sequence a pool project. Holding out may find you without.

Margaret Atwood reminds us just how fast the snow and ice can turn to water. “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

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