Hello everyone! I was hoping to get this post out earlier but didn’t have any internet again. Amazing really, it happens so often here. Makes the cabin fever even worse. Oh well. Here I sit. Inside. Although it has gotten milder outside winter is still with us. Therefore sitting outside is not really high on my list of enjoyable activities. Of course, neither is winter for that matter. Some people around here say that winter is a beautiful time of the year. Snow on the trees, big snowflakes drifting lazily to the ground, the silence. While all the time viewing this scene from indoors since it is usually -30F (-35C), or even colder.
The house very loudly cracks, thumps, bangs and makes all sorts of other noises that can make it hard to sleep since it sounds like the house is about to fall apart. Somehow that scene just does not make me think of something beautiful but rather something that is more like bone-chilling, nose freezing, ear crackling and fingers falling off kind of a scene. And that really does not sit high on my list of enjoyable things or beautiful scenes. Nor something I just really look forward to every year. Speaking of looking forward to winter every year, I notice that most of the people around here who say they really enjoy winter also tend to fly away to some warm spot elsewhere on this planet to get away from all this beauty that they talk about.
And they often mention how they would like to spend the whole winter in that warm location which is more of my idea of something enjoyable which is why I sit here amidst all this cold bone cracking winter and dream of some warm place such as Hawaii. I just can’t imagine why people want to go anywhere else. Unless it’s another warm spot with the beauty of Hawaii. Here is a nice warm picture of Hawaii, compliments of my friend Candace.
Now surely you would agree that being in some place like this would be far more enjoyable than spending 20 minutes getting dressed to go outside in -40 degree weather, and get in a car that is just as cold even though it has been running for half an hour with the heater going full and then when you actually get the thing in motion it barely wants to move and you hit a patch of ice on the street which sends you uncontrollably into the snow piled beside the street which the grader plowed into position the week before and it is now as hard as a rock so it rips the fender off the car as it makes its way to the top of this wall of snow where it sits at a weird angle making it almost impossible to get out of the car.
Okay, a rather long sentence. Anyway, that is where it stays while you try to get your phone from your pocket with those heavy gloves on. Then you finally realize you must remove your gloves which gives you immediate frostbite. Then your fingers get so stiff it takes you ten minutes to call for help. By that time your ears are so red with cold it takes 3 days for them to return to their normal color and, and…sigh. Oh well. I guess it’s really not so bad after all. Just keep those smiles and you will stay warm!
Happy Cabin Fever Day everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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