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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet

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One look at this picture, and one might think that spring is progressing along just as it should be.  Sun shining, birds tweeting (yes, they were the first ones to tweet) and all being right with the world.  Well, keep thinking that and the driving hail and freezing temperatures and relentless rain that once again blighted the area will not be mentioned.  No sooner did our unfortunate, yet still aspiring, vintners walk the vineyard and proclaim to themselves that all was right with their world and hail began to pummel the tender newly budded vines.  The rain has not even stopped long enough to repair the driveway after the monster storms that moved in the week of March 20th.  The quicksand-like driveway nearly claimed two cars and slimed them into the ditch on the 27th.  How's that for man triumphing over nature? 
Consequently, at the first break in the weather the second weekend of April, three pickup truck loads of gravel were brought in so that the driveway could be trav…