Today Winter Begins……

December 21, 2013

First Day of Winter 001

Given all the snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures lately it is hard to get my mind around today being the first day of winter!  Was all that really Fall??  I kind of think it has something to do with global warming screwing up all the atmospheric condition of the world. But, I am not a climatologist so what do I know?

I always have mixed feelings about living in a northern State and having to face some pretty severe weather conditions. I often dream of being somewhere where is it warm instead of freezing my ### off. But then again I read a couple of bloggers who live in Arizona and they lament about all the heat of summer keeping them indoors.  At least with winter in the north it is kind of beautiful as long as you don’t have to get out in it.  So maybe this is really where I belong.

But then the idea of being a “snow bird” is always enticing even if I can’t afford two places to live or my wife would never leave the snow she loves so much….

8 responses to Today Winter Begins……

  1. 

    I pity the folks who don’t have the wide swings of the seasons like us in the North. Spring would never be as sweet if we hadn’t had the long cold respite preceding it. Spring Fever is an apt term for the energetic burst we feel when the temperatures rise and the trees start to leaf out. And Fall is a welcome cool down and beautiful prelude to the coming Winter.
    Who wants to follow the herd to Florida and Arizona and Texas every winter? Not me.
    On the contrary, I love it when they all leave and ease the congestion here at home!
    I’m with your wife…I love the snow and cold…I would never leave the North.

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      Hi Jane. Yes my love of Spring is enhanced because of surviving another winter but maybe that is the same way that I love it when the pain finally stops when I hit my thumb with a hammer. 🙂

      My biggest problem with winter is ice. Ice and I just don’t get along. In the past dozen years I have fallen twice and both times meant broken ribs. My deafness comes with a complete lack of balance. I can’t close my eyes and walk. So, that make me house bound for much of the winter season. But then again sometimes the solitude is welcomed. And I do spend more time blogging as a result.

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        Oh dear, that’s a good reason to want to escape the winters. My husband and I are ..so far..in good shape so we can still deal with the ice and snow. However, that may not always be the case and then the dry and warm spots will probably look much better to me.
        You also live in a rural area which compounds the problems I’m sure. At any rate, take care and stay off the ice!

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  2. 

    I had the same thought about today being the first day of winter. That was fall?

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  3. 

    It was almost 60 yesterday. It will be -1 on Monday. Winter came in like a lion- and, hopefully, will go out like a lamb.
    I had no idea about hearing loss and balance. Makes total sense. Wish I had known it when my Dad was still here. Usually an agile man- he fell a lot in his last years—and his hearing was almost gone. This makes much more sense. Thank you for sharing.

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      Not all deafness results in imbalance problems but mine, which involves a severe fluid imbalance in the cochlea, does. But then again maybe your dad had the same problem.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family Janette…

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  4. 

    Merry Christmas to you and your wife as well!

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