51F on my way home from my last patient at 4:30 P.M. When you have four feet of snow on the flats and many 15 foot high piles along the roadways, the Northwoods becomes something akin to a brown soupy mess this time of the year. Of course, there are typically the April blizzards (a patient told me today it snowed on the fourth of July here when she was a child). My most disliked time of the year. Sitting down and planning new perennial beds and design with exotic annuals in existing perennial beds. Hope to add a vegetable garden in the back fenced in area this spring, where it will be safe from deer-a requirement of any vegetable garden in the North. Hard to manage the outdoor woodboiler during these transitional times as well. On the bright side, I am using much less wood than only a week ago. Must finish cutting up two remaining cords from eight foot logs this weekend and stack it in the woodshed. Buy an old farm if you don't sit well-you will never have time to think about being bored.