Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Winter Doldrums: I Think I'll Just Stick It Out!

This is why old folks move south...I understand now!

That was my friend Joann in a text message last week during a conversation about our respective experiences with the aftermath of...um...Juno.  (The recent and baffling naming of winter storms is a most ridiculous practice that is annoying, but that's a topic for another time!)  That was the first major snow storm of the season, and Long Island got hit the hardest with more than two feet of the white stuff in most places, including Patchogue, the town where I live.  It was windy and it was cold, and with snowdrifts, shoveling of up to practically four feet of snow was not out of the question.  I totally understood what Joann meant...

Here we are, a week later, and things have gotten worse.  Winter is in full swing, a little late, but it's here, and the south is looking better than ever!  This week's storm was a little different, as what started out as snow early Monday became a heavy, heavy rain that caused a lot of heavy slush to shovel, and then an arctic blast came in and turned everything to ice.  And it's only February 3rd!

For awhile there I had hope that we might just escape winter's worst, as snowfall events before last week were nil, but now if feels like there is so much still to come.  Snow is forecast for Thursday and then again Sunday into Monday.  Ugh!  And the roads are icy as hell!  Well, just like those Ziggy Days we all get once in awhile, we have no choice but to deal with it even though those winter doldrums can be so nagging and depressing.  

So for the rest of this winter, I'm going to approach it with a positive attitude and try and make the best of it.  After all, winter can be beautiful, and I always like to say that because of winter, we here up north have a better appreciation for the beautiful weather when it does come in just a few weeks. So for those of you in the south, yeah, I am a little jealous, but how often do you get to see a sunset like this...

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