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Waking up from winter

by Amy Roby

Amy Roby

Spring has sprung all over the Carson Valley. As I write this, I’m looking out my window at starbursts of yellow from the forsythia shrubs along our back fence. Elsewhere in the yard I see tight buds on tree branches just waiting for that perfect moment to open. Birds serenade my dog and I on our morning walk, and the sun warms my face against the chill that still lingers in the air through the early part of each day.

My sons have already swept out the trampoline and are having a ball springing about in this new season. I’ve got the fever to uncover the patio furniture and wash the windows, though I know for certain that this will bring about an abrupt turnaround in the weather.

Every year around this time, I have to restrain myself from buying the array of flowers and pots so colorfully and enticingly displayed in front of stores around town. I have to remind myself that this is our faux-spring; the giddiness I experience at the sight of daffodils in my neighbor’s yard or the first few patches of green returning to lawns around the neighborhood is always tempered by a rogue snowstorm that predictably and inevitably hits after these first few weeks of warmth. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when.



I suppose I could speed up the process by getting the ladder out and starting to scrub the winter off the windows. On second thought, maybe I’ll just take the dog for another walk and enjoy the sunshine while we have it.



“Money bags” in March?

You may have noticed that there are five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays in this month of March. Recently, I’ve seen emails and posts on social media websites that say this event happens only once every 823 years and is called “money bags;” it also promises a financial bonus within four days to those who pass along this “information.”

I always raise my eyebrow at messages such as these. Every month with 31 days has three consecutive days that occur five times in that particular month. After a little research, I learned that the next occurrence of three consecutive Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays appearing five times in March will be in 2019. This will happen again in March 2024. Anytime a month that contains 31 days begins on a Friday this situation will occur, and it happens far more frequently than is indicated in the emails and posts currently being circulated.

It can be fun to play along with things like this, but I’m guessing you’re more likely to receive a financial bonus if you limit computer time and choose instead to do something productive. Like, wash the windows, for instance.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com