April 14, 2019

Just what we needed. Another Blizzard!

Just what we needed.  Another Blizzard!
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for April 14, 2019

We were just starting to get pretty used to the Spring weather we'd been experiencing.  We were taking nice walks outside every day and had even pulled the bikes out of storage and started hitting the trails.  It turned out to be a Bluff Spring, though, which Minnesota likes to give us from time to time.

The ice seemed to take forever to leave this year.  We had big openings, but there were sections of the lake that just didn't want to drop.    Dang ice.

I did see my first Loon of the year which is always a nice sign of Spring.  Whenever I see one I can't help but to hear Katherine Hepburn screaming in my ear "The Loons, Norman.  The Loons!  They're welcoming us back."  I wish I could get that lady out of my head.

Of course, winter wasn't done with us for 2019.  On Wednesday, we were walloped with another blizzard that put about 6 inches of snow on the ground for us so we could stop looking at all that ugly grass and see a beautiful white blanket instead.


I don't think the squirrels were prepared for the new snow either as we found several scrambling around to find food.  They're pretty hearty critters though, so I'm sure they'll be fine.

Driving was pretty crappy and we heard about all sorts of accidents happening on Minnesota roads.  Hopefully this dose of winter is our final one for the year.

On Thursday night, we had our Prior Lake Empty Nester Club get together at The Pointe.  We had a great turn-out and a good time was had by all.

Liz and Joel Volm joined us.  Joel had the coolest story of the week.  This article appeared in the Prior Lake American talking about a local classic rock band who has been gaining popularity and booking more gigs throughout the Twin Cities.  The name of the band is Volm which was in honor of the band members favorite high school science teacher.  The coolest part of the story I found to be was when Joel told me that he didn't know the band was named after him until he saw it in the paper!  I thought that had to have been an interesting surprise to discover.

Tom and Kellie Wolf joined us at the end of the evening.  It's always great to see them.  Our next get together is Thursday, May 9 at Harry's in Lakeville.  We hope you all can join us then!


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