It is officially Spring. Unofficially, it's not. Today we had Thunderstorms, snow, hail, rain. Basically everything but famine and pestilence. Those that are still down south should stay there for a while.
Some signs of spring are here though. Both restaurants, the Buttonhook and Captain's Wheel are gearing up for opening, at least on a limited basis. It now appears, due to the projected delays in obtaining a liquor licence, that the 'Wheel will not open until Mid-May. Hopefully, the 'hook will open in the next two weeks, but don't bet on it.
Some activities in the marinas indicate that boat and float home owners are stirring. Some fishing activities are evident also.
As a follow up to the story about the woman that is having paralytic -problems, it turns out the old chicken and the egg syndrome is still alive and healthy. Dorothy Carpenter, long time Bayview resident and a veteran food service worker, can't walk.
A gradually loss of feeling in one then both legs have reduced her to being essentially home bound. Even the Dirne Clinic won't help without a diagnosis. Therein lies the problem. That would entail an MRI which I'm told would cost in the area of $3000. A fund raiser is in the works with donation cans about and an auction to be held at JD's, in Bayview. More on these activities later. I can't remember a year here with as many health issues and fund raisers.
In other local news, I attended the "hat" party Tuesday at the Bay Cafe. (I won a prized jar of gourmet pickles by Judy and her daughter.) It turns out they have a thriving business, producing a surprising amount of product. One puzzling thing though, was the electric space heater in the dining room. Asked why it was somewhat chilly, I was informed that the owner apparently failed to pay the gas bill, causing the service to be discontinued. Obviously the failed economy has reached the business community.