Winter weather: We love and hate it

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Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. Those words arenít a paraphrasing of the Goldilocks porridge tale, itís one of our favorite pastimes here in North Idaho.

Weíre fortunate to have four very distinct seasons, unlike my husbandís homeland of North Dakota where itís either really cold or really hot for real and weather can routinely be a matter of life or death.

Here we have mostly weather of convenience or inconvenience depending upon your work schedule and outdoor recreation preferences. If you donít know what fresh and powder refer to, odds are youíre not a skier or snowmobiler.

As we slide, or slip into spring thereís much complaining about the weather being too cold, too snowy, too slushy and too wet. And we havenít even arrived at the snow melt flood warnings. Itís no secret that I love summer and sun and anything that takes place in and on and around the wonderful North Idaho waterways.

But I also love snow. I love it in November, December and even January. By February I like it OK but by March Iím so over it. My husband observes that my love of snow is directly related to the fact that heís the one doing the shoveling and snow blowing. Got me there.

I spent a decade living in Portland so Iím kind of over the rain, too, but do accept the necessity of spring rains to keep Smokey the Bear happy and the camp fires burning in the summer months.

By the time the warm weather fades in September, autumn becomes my favorite season and outside New England, I doubt thereís a more beautiful place to enjoy the changing colors of the foliage than right here.

So the moral of the story is that weíre fortunate we have those four seasons since the odds are good that most people will embrace at least three of the four.

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Forget the weather forecast, March always comes in like a lamb for Dave and Marnie Fair. As of press time they have 18 new lambs in the barn, with a target of 45 little bundles of wooly joy this spring. Two dozen ewes still on baby watch, thatís a whole lot of cute for sure.

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This week's highlights:

Tonight, Innovation Collective Fireside Chat with Eve Knudtsen, 6 p.m. at the White House Event Center.

On Thursday, Empty Bowls 5-7 p.m. Bring the family to the Post Falls Senior Center for an array of soups served in a hand-painted bowl you keep. $15 per person benefits the Post Falls Food Bank.

Friday and Saturday, Young Artist Concert at the Kroc Center. www.cdasymphony.org

Friday and Saturday, Living Through the Fire at the Jacklin Arts and Culture Center, www.cdasummertheatre.com

Saturday, Corbyís Cares rock and roll food and fundraiser for the Post Falls Food Bank, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Corbyís, 2828 W. Seltice Way.

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Happy birthday today to Cyndie Hammond, Lisa Ferguson, Robert Page, Linda Koehler, Joni Morrow, Chelsea MacEntee, Kylie MacEntee and Veronicka Peacock (13!).

The same†tomorrow to Karen Roetter, Bob Frazey, Keith Van Slate, Debbie Myles, Joyce Connolly, Megan Round and Giuliana Roge.

On Friday Nancy Frazey, Mary Akers and Jon Dingman will blow out the birthday candles.

Jim Booth (50!), Ed Robar (60!), Heather Callahan, Mindy Newby, Jim Faucher, Travis Jank and Rachel Burkhardt turn another page on the calendar on Saturday.

DeAnn Johnson, Will Henderson, Sylvia McCormick, Josh Vesser, Faith Hazard Wiley, Ali Hanson, Kim Maksen, Jan Daugharty, John Neirinckx, Christel Fredericks and David Wegner will have their cake and eat it, too, on Sunday.

Paula Sharp, Robin Karrick, Laurie Boeckel and Erich Eickmeyer have March 13 birthdays.

On Tuesday Tom Capone, Wayne Cofield, Bud Evans, David Cehr, Candace McEnespy, Teri Rouse, Fabian Medina, Ina Bressler and Sheila Kemmis will raise their glasses to celebrate.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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