Keep Your Snow Tires On

February 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm (blogging, Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, positive thinking, Uncategorized) (, , , )

The past few weeks have been snow free. The sun was shinning, birds out singing n the trees, squirrels eating from bird feeders and running around the trees chasing each other. But… there lies a danger in assuming Winter is over. When we have a few weeks of unseasonable temperatures with sunny afternoons where people take back up jogging, early Spring yard work, getting the garden tools back out of the shed, we get snow again. I never took much stock in the old ground-hog predictions, but now, I am not so sure he doesn’t know what he is talking about after all-wise with age right?

I love watching the fall leaves change color from the golds, orange, and brown,the farmer’s markets fresh vegetables and fruits,  the County Fair, the last boat ride of the season, making way for the first snow fall. Ice skaters teaching the kids to skate on the frozen pond, watching and listening to the geese , snowmobiling in the mountains, Spring brings new promise that maybe this reforming black thumb gardener(me) will be a success this year. I am learning what dead heading a flower means, what fertilizers to use on what plant, tips on how to keep a lawn green, the older I get, the more I am learning and starting to enjoy what many live for. I still cannot figure out what many call weeding relaxing. It is hard for me to take the time to pull weeds to give my plants a fighting chance to survive; I am also told by friends my flower bed looks cleaner when you weed. The pains and joys of owning a backyard. I like to take walks down by the bay a block from my house. We have a cove swimmers enjoy, watching boaters pulling skiers and boogie boards down the river. I have noticed paddle boards and canoes taking in the beauty around them.

Growing up, my family traveled an hour to play in the snow, we made a day of it. Today, I open my front door and see how many inches we have. We only have three or four more snow storms we have to endure before spring arrives. I can deal with the windy, cold temperatures, watch out for the crazy drivers,  shoveling, enjoying the dogs pulling kids down the street on sleds, it is all part of living here. I love pulling out my sweaters and leggings, the boots, the heavy coats and hats.   I know soon, I will have put them away again and dig out my shorts and peasant blouses. I think I have learned to be a tourist in my town. I enjoy the bounty of what every season has to offer and you know when you live like a local  there is no other place you would rather be. Keep your snow tires on awhile longer, take your time getting there, watch out for the crazy drivers who don’t know how to drive and get together often with friends even if it is just for a coffee at a local coffee-house. or maybe even a walk in the park beside the lake. The beauty is endless.


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