The last day of fall went out quickly, having been swept away by an eager winter storm. Yes, Winter blew in early with four inches of rain, and by noon she had begun a swift and frigid blowing. She howled around the eaves, worked her way into the house through invisible cracks and then came in through the windowsill sounding for all the world like a flute!
That will need fixing!
The lights began to flicker, and hearing all this horrible blowing pick up in speed, I decided to stop what I was doing and go have a look. Opening the back door I felt Winter’s frigid breath blow right past me. Too cold!
Standing in the doorway with my sweater pulled tightly round my neck, I listened as dry leaves hissed and tree branches rattled like dry bones. Eerie, I thought, and shivering I closed the door tight.
This morning it is 32 degrees and while the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday it is unrelenting. It is also making the air outside feel like it’s in the 20s! Winter and I don’t get along.
The cold, the short and cloudy days all get to me.
Yes, it is officially winter, but I have decided to greet it differently this year, to be more upbeat! I think this might help.
- Everything you need to know: Winter solstice 2012 (earthsky.org)