The Rooster Crows -March 26, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The Equinox has come and went; Back to Ireland has St. Pat been sent; But no one’s complaining that it’s been a bummer; Cause we’re on the downhill slide from here to Summer! Spring arrived on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, the first full day of Spring 2021, was full of sunshine, bereft of wind and perfect for sitting on the porch to survey the neighborhood. Still no rain, but, as the old timers used to say, “Every day that it doesn’t rain is one day closer to the day that it will.” Can’t argue with those old timers. Those modern-day old timers, the Assembled Wise Men at the Round Table, were once asked how it was that they seldom made mistakes. “Experience!” they replied. Then the question was asked, “How did you obtain experience?” “By making mistakes,” was the response. So it goes, from one generation of old timers to the next.

Norbert & Beverly Kulzer, Bill Anderson and Andy Harris joined Joanne Harris of this community for a St. Patrick’s Day supper on the evening of Wednesday, March 17. The main course was the traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes. At the conclusion of the evening the hostess and guests drank a toast to the memory of the late John Harris, a descendant of Irish immigrants who took great pride in his Irish heritage. The Irish invented Guinness and Jamiesons, both of them being outstanding gifts to humanity.

Dale & Lisa McLaen of this community were back in the old hometown from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21. Dale has been in the Twin Cities for the past several weeks, consulting with medical personnel at Hennepin County Medical Center. He reports that teams of doctors, sometimes as many as 6 at a time, have been examining, double-checking, discussing and diagnosing his condition for a couple of weeks, and that surgery is now planned for Thursday, March 25. Follow up treatment will be decided upon after that. As of Sunday, March 21, with the sun shining and Spring in the air, Dale said that he is feeling positive, and is ready for the surgery to be done. His many friends here wish him a speedy recovery and return home.

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It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The birds are chirping and nesting. The day lily greenery is well through the black dirt.  The cats have ticks.  It’s summertime in Rutland.  Oh, wait, this is March?  This was the winter that the Farmer’s Almanac predicted above average snowfall and warmer-than-usual  temperature in the Midwest.  Well, we’ve gotten the warmer temperatures.   Last year, we still had several inches of snow on the ground and a blizzard was looming.  We have a break from the waters rising which are lower this year than they have been in a decade and this is getting the farmers breaking ground and starting planting.  I’m itching to get the garden planted but will keep the plants indoors for a while. In the meantime, I am planning to bask in the sun.  Enjoy our early spring.  Who knows how we will all feel when July comes around?  What are your predictions for the coming summer?

Paris in Rutland with Snow

This evening about 30+ Rutland area residents and a few from nearby towns are attempting to get into their “April in Paris” dinner at the Rutland General Store and they truly have a challenge if they are traveling from anyplace other than in town.  Snow is blowing fiercely sideways out here.  I thought April was supposed to bring some rain — we’ve already planted the potatoes and radishes and a few other things.  Spring is playing funny tricks on everyone this year.  At least the snow is expected to finish in plenty of time for Bingo and the Baked Potato Feed, both on Sunday.