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View from the North 40: February, what are you doing?

February? Oh, right, I’m supposed to hate February.

It’s the second month in a row without a vacation-worthy holiday — after that Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year glut of free time.

The rest of the world is talking about spring and that liar Punxsutawney Phil, but up here in the near-Arctic no skunks are out, no bears have emerged looking for tourists to eat, sewer lines haven’t thawed, horses aren’t shedding, only the impatient cows (and the ones seduced by errant, vagabond bulls) are calving, the sun still hasn’t come up before I get to work and a bunch of other really hurtful stuff.

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