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    The Weatherman was Wrong Today!

    Keeping with my tradition of writing to you a month early, I’m writing this to you on April 19th. It’s the day before Easter. I watched the weather forecast this morning and was ready for rain, clouds and cold. But this afternoon it was a picture perfect day. So much so that I was able to sit on the front deck in the sunshine without a coat on. I even had Herman take my sweater off (I did have a T-shirt on underneath).

    By 7PM I was actually sitting on our beach! How great is that? As of today we have at least another hundred feet of open water out to the ice pack in the middle of the lake. I actually saw a couple launch their canoe and take to the water following a narrow channel through the ice. They are the first people I’ve seen on the lake in a boat this year.

    I asked Herman to reach out and put his hands in the water and give me an estimate of the temperature. His response was swift after he put his hands in the water, "It’s very cold."

    The ice on the lake is behaving totally different than it did at this time last year. Last year the lake opened up in the middle first and waves and wind blew chunks of ice eastward onto our beach. Thus the last of the ice was on or near our beach last year. This year the ice has melted from the shore on out. So basically there’s a big slab of ice in the middle of the lake with about a hundred yards of open water from our beach.

    Not that I’m that anxious to get into frigid water, but as I lay in the sun I do have my aide Terry cool me down by spraying me with a spray bottle. When I was sitting on the deck in the sun one day when there was still snow surrounding the house, Terry had made a snowball and that was my cooling method for the day. She would simply rub the snowball on my skin to cool me.

    One of the most irritating features of my MS is my incapability to cool off by sweating. Ironically, I sometimes do sweat, but only in my sleep, when I’m not even warm. It’s just another one of the crossed signals that occurs with MS.

    So hopefully we’ll be in for more sunny days and great weather in the days ahead. Just remember; take the weatherman with a grain of salt.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"