march 31.2007:  she’s sunny and sweet but cold!  and life in the north country continues to be a challenge.  some folks up there have been swept away by cabin fever.  it sneaks up and takes you!  one day you’re there fighting, the next day you’re gone gone gone!!!  happened to 2 individuals in the past 3 weeks. 
never mind them…  its time to worry about our own hides!  5 days and 4 nights up there is a stretch and just about asking too much from us folks who have left our loved ones behind. 
woke up the morning of the 5th day thinking what have i done to myself?
well i aint the only one up there, and on the road.
here is a picture taken on thursday night, the longest and most miserable night of week…
 
Easter Weekend 2007:  monday morning in the city, no news to report.  nothing doing around here…  the girls, all 7 of them…  are up stairs in the bunks, cop’n Z’s.  i’m down here wondering what next, cause there seems to be a lot of dishes lying about the place that need a good washing.  (if you get my drift.)  well i’d say this weekend would be dandy if two things were in place: some mild climes, it was freezing and snowing all weekend.  and two: if this boy were in better shape in body, mind and spirit.  seems the boons are starting to take its toll on this old boy and i aint too happy about that. 
well there isn’t much we can do about the weather but there most certainly is something we can do about the braid.  and lads we have to turn that thing around and quick!  spring time is here, snow or no snow, and there are many things on the agenda which need a tuned up dude at the helm!  so this slacking life style, it sucks!  up north, the snow should be out of the bush by the time we get back up there and i have got to get on those trails, timber wolves or no timber wolves!  we definitely have chips in the wires up there but its a 12 week stand till they cut us loose.  what happens after that i don’t know and don’t want to, cause we need some sleep at night. 
i can tell you this: we’re a long way from that dream life!!!  up there we are anyway.
down here, well with all the girls up there now, dreaming, i guess we’re not too far away down here!
ha!
here is a painting of old man winter but really, i feel like that old guy in the painting, except try as i might, i could never grow a moustache!!
double ha ha.
(i’d only look like a freak with one anyway…   )
 
april 11, 2007:  wednez in the frosty boons.  the snow aint outa the woods yet!  but we do have a big blue sky over us and the sun is shining brightly, even at this hour, around 5 p.m. 
been thinking about how this place will take you off to the loony bin if you’re not careful…  and its true.  the place really does go to work on you as soon as you hit the ground.  so…  you have to watch your step! 
back home, i sure do hope the girls are in good spirits although i’m sure they must be with the grandparents slated to show up sometime tomorrow afternoon. 
they think i’m on vacation up here but they’re the ones on vacation!  going to work out at the Y and swimming…
me: i’m fighting in the bush!
 
april 21, 2007: slept in the wilds on thursday night, thinking it was safe, with those spring climes reaching a whooping 20 degrees in the north country, saying yeah man it’s shirt sleeves from here on in!  woke up at 4 a.m. frozen to the core and shaking…  duh…
so now i’m sick with a body ache… 
how stupid is that?
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