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Did I Mention I Hate Snow?

Can’t believe I have been so negligent about this blog. When my winter swim team kicks into high gear in December, well I just run out of time. What I should have done was kept a running update of how fantastic my team did this year. Had several swimmers set team and pool records. We won our Division One Championship meet the first weekend in February. Had two of my high school swimmers qualify for State. Have several swimmers who have qualified in multiple events for our big Zone championship meet coming up in March. Had more than 190 kids involved this year with many dropping time every time they competed.

Photos by Mary Lou Mikolay

Photos by Mary Lou Mikolay

Instead, I would fall asleep exhausted every evening once I made my way home after five hours on the pool deck instructing kids in the fine art of swimming – aka don’t kill the water, don’t pull on the lane line, don’t swim on top of each other.

Here is a news blurb about one of my awesome 10 year old swimmers, Gina Ungaro.  http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/feb/01/making-waves/

Here is a news blurb about the two high school swimmers – brothers – who competed at State this weekend.  http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/feb/18/free-and-easy-style/?newswatch

Here are a bunch of my older swimmers hanging out, waiting for their events at the February invitational meet my swim team hosts.


The winter weather has been so harsh this year. I have an hour and a half round trip to the pool and it was often unsettling driving home from swim practice in inches of snow and sleet. As I write this, it is still snowing. My son read that the normal snow fall for this time of year is 8 inches and we have already topped 40 inches. I yearn for green grass. Heck I’ll take some brown mud. Anything but this cold, wet, white stuff.

I saw a robin yesterday. Then I heard a robin today. Poor little guy. Must be so confused. But hearing that summer song did my heart good. Bluebirds are always out when the temp reaches above freezing. They must not have left this year. I have dried mealworms ready to feed. I just need to figure out how to get them out to the bluebirds.

I’ve had it with ice. I’m done with shoveling. Our lane – that took three hours to plow out with a backhoe at the beginning of February – is a total mess. There is much work to be done on the farm once the big melt takes place. And I am so ready!

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