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Old 04-20-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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I'll never forget 2009 because it was so cold all summer that I simply couldn't keep my garden going. Those 40 degree nights just did it in. Gardens need warm nights to thrive. August was especially bad where I live because we had several weeks where day after day it was cold rain which was the last nail in the coffin out in the garden.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Ocqueoc, MI - Extreme N.E. Lower Peninsula
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We were up at the house in Ocqueoc the weekend of May 8th last year.

This was Saturday


This was Sunday


Snow and high winds on Saturday. I took that pic while driving back from Rogers City, where I had just purchased a new toilet at the ACE Hardware. Then on Sunday, I'm cutting grass in a T-shirt and jeans.

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Old 04-20-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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We were up at the house in Ocqueoc the weekend of May 8th last year.

This was Saturday


This was Sunday


Snow and high winds on Saturday. I took that pic while driving back from Rogers City, where I had just purchased a new toilet at the ACE Hardware. Then on Sunday, I'm cutting grass in a T-shirt and jeans.

Nice yard! Looks like a fantastic place to view wildlife!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Ocqueoc, MI - Extreme N.E. Lower Peninsula
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Thanks! We've sat on the porch and watched deer, birds, squirrels, and rabbits so far. They'll probably become a bit more scarce when we move up there in July, after they've been properly introduced to our Boxer mix. She's not too good about sharing her yard.

Wildlife...meet Peanut.

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Old 04-20-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I'll never forget 2009 because it was so cold all summer that I simply couldn't keep my garden going. Those 40 degree nights just did it in. Gardens need warm nights to thrive. August was especially bad where I live because we had several weeks where day after day it was cold rain which was the last nail in the coffin out in the garden.
LOL, we lived in Phoenix in 2009 and it was one of the hottest summers on record there. There were several consecutive days of 115+ degree temps and the sun felt like a laser beam. I can remember talking to family members on the phone and they were like, "We're not even getting a summer here!" and meanwhile we were in Phoenix, trying to stay cool when it was even too hot to get in the pool until late in the evening.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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LOL, lots to think about, folks. I can take a lot, but my ponies are out there, and I worry about them. I can see them (and they can see me) from my bedroom window. My mustang especially lets me know when she is displeased. This renewed winter after all the heat and shedding has her quite displeased.

I got some bird feeders that attach to the window. The hummingbird feeder has not been used, but the clear window feeder has been getting some action. LOL, it's supposed to hold 5 small birds, we had as many as 20 on any spot they could land on yesterday afternoon. I made them some tiny peanut butter sandwiches, those were a major hit. Nice to have some fat and protein for the birds with unexpected cold. I've tried my whole life to attract backyard birds. Never succeeded. Just had to buy another huge bag of bird seed, because they et up the first one. Yay! They like hanging out at the horse panels too, picking bots and worms out of horse manure and drinking from the buckets. LOL, nothing like a guest that makes themselves useful. They even clean up the shedding horse hair. Now if I could see something more of the deer other than pellets.... I know they're lurking, but they sure won't come out and say "hi". A couple have gotten pretty brazen getting close to the horses though, based on the fresh pellets.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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A poster not to long ago, told someone who had just moved or was considering a move to Michigan to wait till Spring, because it is the perfect time of the year in Michigan. At the time I thought, Spring - Michigan? This past week confirmed my feelings, Spring in Michigan is a very short season maybe a week at best then we go right into summer (which is my favorite season).
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Plymouth,Michigan/Quad Cities, (IA/IL)
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Well, I live in the extreme southern portion of the state, but normally April is nothing like this here. Last April was much warmer and greener. Right now, the only thing green is most of the grass. Where are the leaves????

Anyway, yeah, this "spring" is very abnormal, at least in my part of the state. My dd's birthday is in a couple of days, and most years it is reasonably sunny and green by then with temps in the mid-50s to low 60s, although like Luzette pointed out, the temps drop much lower than that overnight for well into May. I guess I will console myself with the fact that we don't have palmetto bugs and swarms of tourists and transplants from the Northeast coming here and telling us how our state "should be", lol.

It is freezing outside tonight! It's windy and cold. It feels like December, not April
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Plymouth,Michigan/Quad Cities, (IA/IL)
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Next week so far looks great. 80 degrees by Tuesday!

I tried to give you reps for this post, but apparently I've already given you some for another post
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:27 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Dave, NICE house and cute dog!

I feed the birds all winter long, love watching the changing bird population as well as the residents like the cardinals. Robins are back full force now, they're all over the yard looking for worms and grubs.

I remember the non-summer of 2009; I had several vegetable plants - basics like tomatoes, squash and peppers - that yielded very little because it didn't ever get hot and sunny enough for them.

Weird weather this morning - gorgeous, sunny, birds twittering, quite chilly. But about an hour ago it clouded up briefly and for a couple of minutes we were pelted with those little ice balls. Then the sun came out again.
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