This winter feels like it’s been going on forever. Many of us have experienced the Polar Vortex, others have seen a lot of snow and ice storms. It’s been interesting, I must say. So, this weekend do something you enjoy. Nature calls out to us, even when the weather may be a little challenging. Put on your snowsuits and take a walk, ski, skate, but leave the house and breathe some fresh air. Enjoy!
This is the time of year where it seems like it’s been winter for far too long. Luckily, I’ve been able to get out and go for a walk almost every day despite it having been way too cold for a few weeks there. On the days when the wind-chill factor actually got to 15 below zero, I have to admit that I stayed in the house. However, those days weren’t too many, and I’ve been out and about for most of the winter. That being said, I’m beginning think about Spring, and wonder if we will have a “real” Spring this year.
I say that because for the past 5 or so years, we’ve gotten a few days of Spring, and then the temperature zooms up into the 80°’s with high humidity, and summer has made its early appearance months too early. Right now, though, I’m simply waiting. Waiting for the frigid weather to end, the mud to clear up, and the grass to be green again, instead of the brown it currently is. I know I’ve got at least a month or so to go, but how about you? Are you waiting for the winter to be done for good?
For most of the winter we haven’t gotten much snow, as a matter of fact the winter has unsurprisingly been fairly warm. However, just a few days ago, it was 60°, (and we were battling mud), then the next day we got 17 inches of snow. One of the old quotes about New England is “If you don’t like the weather, just stick around for a few hours, it’ll change.” This winter is stretching that truism quite far. However, with all the snow, it’s turned into a winter wonderland, and I just wanted to share some of my pictures with you. Enjoy!
This is where you put the Frisbee to avoid it getting caught in the snow blower.
This time of year it can be rather difficult to get outside and enjoy nature. Usually it’s mostly cold, windy and snowy in New England. However, this year it’s been unseasonably warm for most of the winter. We have had some lovely snow storms recently that have left the world looking like a winter wonderland, but mostly I’ve been able to go outside and take my dogs for walks. It’s been great and I haven’t suffered much in the way of sun deprivation.
I’ve found that getting outside and enjoying a walk helps with my feelings of cabin fever. By February I’m usually ready to run away from home as fast as my little feet will carry me. Last year was particularly bad with all the snow storms that we suffered. But this year? It’s been great – only a few storms and those were short with the snow melted away fairly quickly; until the end of last week, and now this week. We keep getting snow day after day. So far this week I’ve been able to go for a walk, but now I’m feeling the cabin fever. How have you been coping with the dreaded cabin fever?
I’ve been sick on and off for more than two weeks. I’ll start to get over it, and then it comes back worse than ever. This time I’m fighting a fever along with coughing my head off. I’m really tired of it, and am actually considering going to the doctor at some point. Considering, not committed. I really think it’s caused by our lovely up and down weather here in southern New England, which means that it’s entirely sinus related, and there is really nothing the doctor can do (which is why I haven’t gone).
I actually took a nap for an hour or so this afternoon and am hoping that this will help. Right now I feel as weak as a kitten. I’ve been drinking so much tea and water that I’m turning entirely into liquid. I hope that no one else is spending their time being sick. But, if so, what do you do to feel better?
You know how when your alarm goes off and you realize that it’s below zero out and the wind is blowing at gale-force? The house is cold because the wood-stoves are almost out and you wish there was someone other than you to take the dogs out and build-up the fires, but there is only you? So, in your night-gown and bare feet you open the door letting the cold air blast inside, but the dogs run out and you try your hardest to get both fires going before too much time passes, since the wind is howling down the chimney. That’s what the past month-and-a-half has been like. Am I sick of it yet?
Not. At. All. Because where I live there is no longer any such season as Spring. We seem to go directly into 90°F with 95% humidity. To tell you the truth, I’d rather be cold than hot – you can layer-up in cold weather, but you can only layer-down to a certain extent. After all, walking around nude just isn’t an option. (Well, maybe for some people.)
I really feel sorry for my neighbors since most of them have either oil or electric heat. We spent money on a huge load of logs for the first time in about 15 years, and will still have most of our firewood for next year. But I see the oil trucks in my neighbor’s yards on a regular basis. I think we made out pretty good as far as the price of heating this year. Of course you must add in the time we spent with the chain saw and splitter, but what else do people do in the so-called Spring?
So, even though this has been an insane year for snow, bring on the cold, since the humid heat is coming! So is the mud, but that will be a post for another day.