Today is that fun day that only comes around every four years. It is leap year, and today is February 29. I only have four of Mary's calendars with me: 1985, 1990, 1991, 1994. There is no rhyme or reason to having these four with me this winter. They are just the ones I grabbed as I headed out the door in January to get away from the winter of 2016. Not one of these calendars have leap year in them.
What about a comparison of what happened in those four years on March 1, the day which might come in as a lion or a lamb. Do people even talk about such a thing in places where the weather is constantly wonderful. Growing up we knew that if March came in like a lion, it would go out like a lamb and vice versa.
Friday, March 1, 1985
36 degrees @ 7:15 sun shining
another beautiful day - took SS check
to town - ate lunch in town. Ardea & I drove over to Carroll in p.m. home about 4 p.m. Vern filled propane stove tank in a.m.
Sunday, March 31, 1985
( side note) Everything stuck with 2 to 3 inch of snow on it.
30 degrees at 8:30 a.m still snowing, windy, about 10 inches of snow - drove into Scranton about 4: p.m. snow melting, put snow in back of truck for weight.
Looks like March was in like a lamb and out like a lion in 1985.
Thursday, March 1, 1990
23 degrees @ 6:15 windy all day.
I went to Carroll for groceries & some fabric -
Duane out in a.m. for machinery trailer
Vern went to town awhile in a.m. too windy to spit wood in p.m.
read awhile - talked to Micki T on her birthday.
Saturday, March 31, 1990
42 degrees @ 8 a.m. John's bob tailed H had b calf.
Vern & Pat Murphy out listening for turkeys.
I went to Terrills in a.m. for coffee & a book @ library.
went for ride in p.m. for cigs & candy
down around Dunbar to see geese.
Friday, March 1, 1991
raining to-day. Duane out in a.m. to feed cows & Ina
recaulked bathtub - made chili & potato soup to take to Hilts for Micki's birthday party - had a good time lots of fun & surprises
still raining to-nite
Sunday, March 31, 1991
38 degrees @ 6 a.m. warmed up to 40ties
cool winds - made carpenter wheel pillow
B24A had calf in a.m.
Went for ride in p.m. Mickey & Nona called to-day
Tuesday, March 1, 1994
10 degrees @ 5:30 a.m. warmed up foggy all
morning Vern went to Bayard for a hair cut.
John Eich killed in fog. hit a school bus. Jon B got the last 7 bales from 80. We went to Carroll in p.m. for Vern's
boots, got him a pr of pants. Talked to Margie to-nite.
Thursday, March 31, 1994
30 degrees @ 3:30 a.m. 34 degrees @ 6 a.m. Vern
plowed in a.m. Jon put fertilizer on for corn ground.
Granny & Bl 58 both had calves. Duane out & took silage cutter home. beautiful day to 60 ties - I went to Sabus
for FN club in p.m. washed & ironed 2 quilt backings in a.m.
Once again March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. Of course, far worse than the weather on March 1 was the accident that took John Eich's life. John was the owner of Arcadia Limestone Company with whom Vern contracted the mining of the gravel pit on the farm.
I also guess that Mary had some trouble sleeping on that last day of March. I am so glad to learn what the temperature was at 3:30 a.m. that day. (Insert sarcastic or smart- aleck font) Of course, maybe that makes up for the lack of a temperature report on March 1, 1991
when all we learned was that it was raining. This is the first time I have come across a missing temperature report. Maybe there are others, but I doubt it. More calendar reading will tell.