Signs of Spring

It’s getting close to April and the cross-country skiing is way better than we would like it to be at this time of year. After the last snow and wind, our snow cover is now crusted and you can ski just about anywhere and all the prairie grasses are about totally buried.

A bit of ice-fishing last night yielded some nice pan-fish after cutting through about four feet of ice. Last year’s spring was about as early as I have seen, and we were fishing on open water by this time. What a difference a year makes!

Today I heard that someone sued the groundhog for misreporting an early end to winter. It was probably someone who heard that the groundhog didn’t see his shadow and decided to tear up his long-johns to make rags for painting the house. I did see the first geese of the season, returned to stake out their nesting area. Last year they were already nesting by this time.

It appears that we are looking at back-to-back springs, with last year being one of the earliest and this year could very well be one of the latest. Some might blame these wide fluctuations in the weather on the groundhog, others would blame global warming. I get the feeling that the credibility of both is pretty equal and my conclusion is based on one of the oldest of disclaimers: “results may vary.”

The fish from last night’s outing made some great fish fajitas. I use my usual recipe. I cut the boneless fish fillets into small pieces and marinade in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin. I begin by frying some green peppers and onions and then add the fish along with the marinade. Fry until done and serve in fajita shells with whatever condiments you like. You can’t always count on spring happening exactly when you think it should but you certainly can depend upon hot fajitas to warm you up.

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