It has long been said that April is the cruelest month of all. However, given our recent winter, the cruelest month designation might well be open for debate this year.
There are no doubt those who would willingly nominate one, if not all of the winter months. And who would blame them? The winter was tough. But we must say, now that we are beginning to get out a bit more, April really hasn’t been anything to brag about. In fact, on what appeared to be a rather nice day from inside proved to be less so as we attempted to enjoy the fresh air from the back porch. We suspect it was the pile of snow that still lingered at the bottom of the back steps which soured our opinion as to how pleasant the back porch really was.
But our first experience did not deter us. Last week we decided while waiting for a ride to a meeting at Bassett we would sit on the Red Rocket at the bottom of the steps and enjoy a bit of the morning sunshine. What we had not counted on was the gale blowing with unnecessary intensity down the driveway. Fortunately our ride was on time. Of course, April still has time to shed its cruelest month designation. But if you ask us, it had better get cracking.
Last week while checking to see if the mail had arrived we encountered a package between our front door and the storm door that we did not recognize. It was in an UPS express envelope with a return address of Deluxe Great Lakes in Great Lakes, N.J. Not only did we not recognize Deluxe Great Lakes, we thought the express envelope was odd, especially when we discovered the label stated it was “UPS 2ND DAY AIR.” We could not imagine receiving a package from an unknown shipper which was sent 2nd day air from New Jersey with a notation of “Extremely Urgent” on the envelope.