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Friday is March 1 and the annual Waldo town meeting is just around the corner. And along with that, will come mud season.

Mud season, that time when the ground thaws, used to last for weeks, but in recent years has become something of a toothless tiger. But back in the old days, Waldo residents living on dirt roads often had legitimate concerns about whether or not today’s journey would be the last, at least until the mud dried. Ruts were so deep that, as if mired in quicksand, a vehicle that became stuck would often need a tow truck to get unstuck. And as often as not, the tow truck would get stuck.

I can recall when it was commonplace to see exhaust systems in the road, victims of the vehicle-eating mud. We still have mud season, but at least our roads now have a better base due to annual servings of stone. So now the ruts aren’t so deep and our mufflers and tailpipes are pretty safe. Potholes, unfortunately, develop after mud season and remain a danger.

I often long for “the good old days,” but those old-fashioned mud seasons do not number among my fonder recollections.

Under the feeder

A group of robins flew in front of my car the other day while driving on East Waldo Road. But that doesn’t mean that the migration has begun, only that some robins that had spent the winter on the offshore islands took advantage of a warm day to visit the mainland. But it won’t be long before large flocks of returning robins greet us.

I notice that as winter draws to a close, the birds at my feeding station have become ravenous to the point of eating nonstop, from dawn to dusk. This behavior will probably keep up until after mating season.

Perchin’ prediction

I just ordered a hand-cranked ice auger that comes with an adaptor for a cordless electric drill. Hopefully, it will live up to its great reviews.

Next, I’ve spent every day putting the finishing touches on my new book, “Getting Your Big Fish – Trolling in Maine.” The book should hit the shelves sometime in mid- to late-April. It was my intention to tailor the book to people who have not done much trolling but want to learn how. It incorporates tips both old and new and should appeal to even died-in-the-wool trollers.

Weekly quote

Amid all the political rhetoric we hear today, it might be well to keep in mind the following quote. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” — Joseph Goebbels