Are you as sick of winter as I am?

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Greg Peck
March 4, 2013

In late January, seeing grass in my yard except for little spots of snow left next to the end of my driveway, I jokingly suggesting that I should get that lawn mower blade sharpened soon.

Since then, Iíve been wearing out my Chota hiking boots by wearing them not only on morning walks but to work.

What a difference a month makes. I love my dependable little Toro CCR 2000 Snowthrower, but come on! I can usually gauge how bad the winter has been by whether I go through a gallon of gas/oil mixture in a season. Judging from the forecast for tonight and tomorrow, Iíd better stop and get more gas in that now-empty tank.

When pup Molly and I stepped out at dawn this morning, pink sky greeted us to the east. ďPink sky in morning, sailors take warning.Ē OK, so there arenít any sailors around this part of Wisconsin this time of year, unless you count ice boaters on Geneva Lake. Plenty of motorists, however, should take warning from this forecast. It might pack the biggest wallop weíve had here in Rock County all season.

On Feb. 2, the groundhog in Sun Prairie suggested weíd have an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter. Well, here we are, more than four weeks later, and the forecast for today and tonight isnít springlike. That prediction reminds me that one of the forecasters at a Madison TV station was predicting a couple of days before last weekís snow that we would get less than two inches here. Then, a couple of days ago, another one suggested we might avoid the brunt of the storm thatís to start later today. Now, theyíre talking like weíll get anywhere from 5 to 10 inches.

Iím tired of driving on slick roads, slogging through snow that homeowners fail to shovel promptly if at all, and slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks.

I donít ice fish or ice skate. I donít snowmobile, and I havenít had the time or inclination to strap on my old cross-country skis for a couple of years.

I hear the birds singing each morning. In his column in Sundayís Gazette, D.S. Pledger detailed the signs of springóthe first birds to arrive back in our neck of the world and the first budding plants.

I doubt weíll be enjoying any of that come tomorrow.

Iím sick of this weather. Iím ready for spring. Arenít you?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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