Archive for January, 2017

The winter that wasn’t

January 22, 2017

It’s been an odd winter. We keep getting snow, but then it all melts. Three or four times now we’ve had several inches on the ground all vanish in a few days. Yesterday E and I were walking around town doing some errands and it felt like spring. The sun was warm on our faces, the trees were full of fuzzy pussy willow buds, and the air smelled of fresh mud. It was hard to believe that it’s still January.

Maybe February will clobber us with snowstorms and cold. Who knows? For now, it doesn’t feel like much of a winter.

No snow

January 5, 2017

It’s been a warm, dry winter so far. We’ve had a couple of storms drop three or four inches of snow on us, but they’ve both been followed by warm weeks of melting. At the moment we have just a couple crusty patches of ice out back and otherwise the ground is bare. On one hand, I don’t mind not having to clear the driveway. On the other hand, it doesn’t feel right to have winter without snow on the ground. Of course, we still have most of January, February, and March ahead of us, so who knows what’s coming.

I’ve been hunkered down writing for most of the past couple weeks since Christmas. The work goes slowly, but still it goes.