I always welcome the coming of spring. Winter is long and hard in North Dakota, and by March, everyone is anxious for the snow to be gone, especially me. Of course, spring brings its own set of seasonal problems, most notably a mixture of mud and ice. The sun is getting very strong, and anywhere that has earth showing is transformed into mud. The ground is still frozen farther down, so the water from melting snow has nowhere to go, so it just sits there, making even more mud as it spreads.
This is a picture of the sidewalk going from our house to our unattached garage. What, you say? Where is the sidewalk? It’s under the huge puddle of water, that’s where! Every winter, we shovel a path through the snow, down the sidewalk, and every spring, we are left with a trench of water. We have battled this problem for years.
About 5 years ago I purchased a little pump, and used it to drain our pond. It takes me about 10 minutes to get the pump hooked up, and then about another 30 to drain all the water out, into the alley. Within an hour, there is already more water sitting, so I have to redo the job daily for a week or more, until the ground thaws and starts accepting water. It is my rite of spring, if you will.
Today marked the start of my yearly battle with this pond. I pumped out all the water about three hours ago, and the picture was taken 5 minutes ago, so you can see how fast it fills back up! Ah, you gotta love spring!