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Sun In January

I sit here at my laptop, gazing out the window at a scene very uncharacteristic for January. I can see the bare ground that surrounds my blueberry bushes. I'm reminded that I've yet to line the ground with weed barrier so I can put down a fresh layer of mulch. My issue is, I'm not supposed to be able to see bare earth. In North Idaho, it is far more common for us to have at least 1-2' of snow on the ground this time of year. The sun is shining and the temperature is struggling to get above 28 degrees. It's 11:09am. Where is the snow? It is dangerously tempting to go outside and prune apple trees, or take care of that blueberry patch but it's not yet time. It's January 22nd.

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