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Ten Things of Thankful: Corrections Edition

A square filled with various snowflake designs, or how it feels in Utah this spring As this week progressed, I realized that several things I wrote over the past couple of months need correction, and I came to the conclusion that a corrections edition of the TToT was called for. It doesn't change my gratitude, but is merely a recognition that sometimes we can be thankful for something even if it doesn't turn out exactly as we expected.  Seven weeks ago (yes, I'm counting!) I mentioned that Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. While that was technically correct, I was expecting that perhaps he meant six weeks and only six weeks. Snow is still falling today, so while I'm still hopeful that spring weather will arrive eventually, Punxsutawney Phil should have predicted AT LEAST six more weeks of winter.  1. Although it's getting really old, I am thankful for the snow. The Great Salt Lake is filling up, the reservoirs are also filling, the ground is moi
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