Monday, February 17, 2014
Why I'm not liking this winter too much
Normally I like winter. It’s often my favorite season and never worse than #2 on my list of seasons. This year, I have to admit, is not one of my favorites. As this is unfamiliar ground for me, I’ve spent a little time trying to pin down why I’m not thrilled with a year that is producing lots of winter. Is it that I’m just getting old? Have I gotten so used to years of almost non-winters so that an actual winter throws me for a loop?
No, I’ve decided. That’s not it.
The reason this winter is wearing down even a winter-lover like me is because there’s been little respite from things falling from the sky in the form of one kind of precipitation or other. My enjoyment of winter comes from being able to do outdoor things during the season. It comes from snowshoeing on some preferably sunny day, studying the tracks of my forest neighbors as they move around my cabin and just being able to get outside and do things. This winter about the only thing I’ve done is shovel snow and try and get ready for the next batch of something to fall from the sky.
I had snow on Thursday and Saturday and will have more tomorrow. And that’s just this week. The other weeks have been much the same. At the moment I have something over 20 inches of snow on the ground. 6-8 inches were already on the ground when 14 inches more fell on Thursday. Then on Saturday I got another 3-4 inches of snow and tomorrow I’m to get another 2-4 inches of snow.
Winters here typically aren’t like this. More typical is a snowstorm, followed by 7-10 days of sunshine or at least cloudy days, and then perhaps another snowstorm. It’s the length of time between storms that gives me time to play outside. Instead, this year I go from one shovel-fest to another, with barely enough time to shovel the essentials, let alone putter around the cabin, clearing areas that are non-essential but nice to see again. That’s why this winter is so wearing; there’s no time for fun. I need my fun time in order to enjoy winter! Fun is in short supply during this winter. The next shovel-fest is about to begin!