Â Â Â As the day wears on, the chances of getting hit by not one, but two winter storms appears more likely. I can’t say I’m looking forward toÂ them.
Â Â Â While I enjoyÂ being comfy and cozy inside while theÂ wind is blowing and the snow is falling outside, I don’t like theÂ aftermath of the storms. More snow means sidwalks to shovel, driveways to clear and roofs to rake.Â
Â Â Â Â ButÂ the storm will comeÂ (or not) no matter what my feelings are on the subject andÂ my family and I will get prepared for itÂ by making sure we have plenty of milk, bread and the fixings for some crock pot meals on hand.
Â Â Given my tendency to eat during storms, I guess it’s a good thing that there will beÂ physical work involved in digging out.Â Still, I wouldn’t mind if the storms veered off another direction and I could get my exercise by walking down snow-free country roads.
Â Â For now, though, Â I’ll try to enjoy today’s nice weather and not fret about what tomorrow might bring.
Â Â Â With Christmas upon us next weekend, it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter. Somehow it seems easier for me to accept the cold and snow when the calendar tellsÂ me it’s late December.
Â Â Â Â Now that summer’s warmth and fall’s bright colors are but a memory, I’m ready to settle in and enjoy winter. Â Snow-capped evergreens, fluffy white yards and frosty-whiskered horses give the season a beauty of its own.
Â Â And although I don’t like the cold that comes with the winter wonderland, I am resisting the urge to curl up on the couch and instead, going out about my days pretty much the same way I do the rest of the year. Between farm chores,Â schoolÂ eventsÂ and attending our sons’ wrestling matches, the days fly by and I have little time to dwell on theÂ near-zero or subzero temperatures.Â Â
Â Â Â During the next month, I will likely not only have accepted winter, but will embrace it. Our children love to go sledding at Turtle River State Park and I plan to go with them. Trudging up the hill is great exercise and flying down it still gives me a thrill, just as it did when I went sledding at the park as a child.
Â Â Â Â This year, I’d also like to try cross-country skiing again (I skiedÂ pretty frequently about 30 years ago) and learn to snowshoe.Â Â Although living in a wam climate sometimes sounds tempting to me, I know I really would miss the beauty and recreation thatÂ are unique to winter.