spring! snowmelt contest!

Keeping with tradition, I’m running a contest to guess when the snowpile at work will melt. Truthfully, though, I have been a poor blogger of late (writing and reading), and my mind is on Spain not on fiber-related things. Which means I have no idea what to offer up for prizes. But it’ll be something! In the past it’s been spinning fiber, yarn, donations to your favorite charity (unless it’s one I object strongly to).

There will be two winners. One randomly drawn from the guesses. And the one who guesses most closely the date. If there are two on the same date, I’ll randomly pick. If there are two equally close, I’ll chose the one that guesses the date just before vs just after it’s all gone.

snowpile march 20, 2012 (2) snowpile march 20, 2012 (3)
There it is in all of its patheticness this year. It was not a good year for snow, so we didn’t get the ginormous pile we usually do. Typically the snow is out to the right into the field at least three times further than it is here.

People for scale:
snowpile March 20, 2012
Catherine aka Cherry Blossom is explaining how there is a bird that vomits all over itself to protect itself from predators.

We took a lunch-time walk… here are some other photos
Catherine and Ellen, Augusta Arsenal Me!

Down by the Arsenal, Kennebec River. First wearing of the Maine Forest Service hat I got at the xmas party. Fashion plate, I know.

This is something of an experimental post, as it is from the ipad. I managed last night to load photos onto the ipad and get them to flickr, but I forgot to re-size them (kb wise), so they are the standard size and won’t load on this page as fast. Next time I have to remember to use that app I got to re-size the photos…

I have a bluetooth Targus keyboard, so that makes posting possible as I can use the up and down arrows to move between lines in this tiny window. Otherwise, it’s a crapshoot, because when you touch the screen, the whole page moves, not just the small window.

Since I’m leaving for Spain in a couple of days, I’ll take guesses on this snowmelt date (the date it is ALL GONE… meaning no ice or anything at the base) until the comments automatically close. I think they close after two weeks.

Is anybody even reading blogs anymore? Is anybody reading my blog anymore? Or are we all taken in with the seeming immediacy of Facebook?

Appropriately, on the first day of spring, several crocus in bloom in my yard!
crocus!

17 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Krysta said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 6:20 am

    I predict the last stubborn flake will disappear on April Fool’s day. It would just be appropriate this year.

  2. 2

    sara said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    I’m reading, yo. And I’m going to say… May 10th. Only because I know that next week it’s going to be back in the 40s so we won’t get many more days of heat melt.

  3. 3

    Nancy Marden said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Hi Lisa!
    I always read your blogs! I’m going to guess April 2nd. Have fun in Spain!

  4. 4

    Sue said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I’m reading your blog, Lisa! I like blogs better than facebook, they actually let you spend a little time with a person, instead of reading a one-liner from them along with like twenty other people who updated. I will predict… April 30. It always takes longer than I think it will.

  5. 5

    Kristen said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Hi nice lady! Have a great time in Spain, I’m super jealous. where in Spain are you headed? Go the Guggenheim in Bilbao!!

    Also, I think the snow pile will be gone on tax day, 4/15 :)

  6. 6

    Yarndude said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I’m totally still reading your blog! I only go on Facebook every few weeks. Have fun in Spain!

  7. 7

    Diane McKenney said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    that is a sad pile of snow. March 29.

  8. 8

    Georgia said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Have a great time in Spain! We are on our way back from a week in the Sonoran desert. Had a great time!

  9. 9

    Marylisa said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Snow mount will be gone on April 23rd…WAG!

  10. 10

    Brenda said,

    March 22, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I’m still reading blogs, but not on a regular basis. I don’t Facebook either, so I think I’m out of that loop.
    I’m going to guess May 13. I think we’re going to get more cold weather and maybe even one last snowstorm before this winter is over.
    Have fun in Espana. Enjoy the tapas and the siestas!

  11. 11

    Chris said,

    March 22, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Have fun in Spain! Hmm. April 17.

  12. 12

    DKW said,

    March 22, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    My guess is April 22nd :-)

  13. 13

    sara said,

    March 23, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    Oh, I’m going for May 8th – it’s the day I get my eyes checked…

  14. 14

    Lynne said,

    March 30, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Hi Lisa!

    I just wanted you to know that I always read your blog (when you post, that is!) and I always enjoy it and like it very much. Sometimes it’s so inspiring to me. I do not do face book, it’s too time consuming and not as interesting a read! Hey, have a great time in Spain and a safe trip. I will be checking you blog for updates! I’ll maybe see you at the fiber frolic!

  15. 15

    ikkinlala said,

    March 31, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I’m going to guess April 14th, and I hope you’re having a great time in Spain!

  16. 16

    Vicki said,

    March 31, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    (Look at all these readers.)
    I’m guessing… May Day – May 1st! Why not?
    Spain!!

  17. 17

    Emily said,

    March 31, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    I’m feeling it this year! April 27th!

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