Here it is, February already! So far I’ve managed to write the correct date on checks that I’ve made out. Now I’ll have to remember to change the month as well. Tsk! Why is that time seems to move faster as I get older?
It was a busy skiing weekend for those youngsters plying the skinny skis. Saturday was the Sassi Memorial Race at Black Mountain, where local ski teams from Telstar and Gould were competing. Boys from Telstar and Gould skied among a field of 235 skiers, and the girls from Gould competed among 192 skiers. Sad to say, there is not a girls’ team at Telstar. The Middle School has a goodly share of female racers, but something seems to happen between 8th and 9th grade.
Sunday saw the Gould Nordics competing in Weston, Mass., at the Eastern Cup Race, which is, among other things, a Junior Olympics qualifier. The boys skied in a mass-start skate race among 101 skiers, many of them college students and other adults. Andrew Nesbitt came in a very creditable 19th. They also skied a sprint race with 108 competitors.
The girls skied their skate race with 87 skiers and their sprint race with 86 skiers. Shelby Aseltine came in an astounding number 5 in the sprint race. Remember, they were competing with college students and other adults. Both males and females represented their school well.
Jennifer Pitcher from South Arm Road reports that she has had a number of redpolls and finches. She says they seem to come every other day. Traveling along with them have been a couple of white-winged crossbill females. Finally a few males also visited. Jennifer asks if anyone else has seen them.
Saturday was a good ski day here in Bethel, too. The trails at the Bethel Inn were just about perfect, and I had a good workout there. I met our daughter, Martha, on the trails a couple of times. We were going in opposite directions -- she skate-skiing in a counter-clockwise direction, and I, classic skiing clockwise around the course. Sun was out, temperature in the high 20s, and no wind. Who could ask for anything more?
It’s that time of year when gardeners study their seed catalogs and dream of crops to come. Mike is planning to build another raised bed, thereby doubling our available vegetable garden. I shall try to keep my floral ambitions within reasonable bounds, because I don’t relish too much more sod-busting. It will be interesting to see which of the myriad bulbs I planted last fall come up and where. Well, you don’t expect me to remember where I planted them, do you?
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