The Bite Of Winter 2020

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An old joke goes that if you don’t like the West Virginia weather all you need to do wait a few minutes and it will change. Almost as soon as the Forsythia bloomed in Smithers the bitter cold settled. The waterfall at the old wall has all but stopped flowing. I’ve always thought that icicles look like teeth. In my imagination the waterfall becomes the very bite of winter itself. However, this is normal. This time of year we have a series of cold and warm weather. And it’s a good thing too. The frost heave is how nature sews the seeds of a lot of the wild plants. The cold makes the water in the soil expand and stand up then as it thaws it covers the seed. This action also opens the protective cover of some seed allowing germination to take place in next few weeks. By late March ( At my latitude ) most of the bitter cold will be gone and we typically have a light dusting of snow near the Easter holiday. I haven’t really looked into it but my gut feeling is that the longer days excite the jet stream in the upper atmosphere and the cold Arctic air is pulled South this time of year.

For now I’ll just bundle up in jacket and wait until old man winter loses his teeth and retreats back to the North.

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Seeking A Sign, My Natural Calendar

Today cold winter weather has me longing for green trees, brightly colored flowers and a warm breeze. If I concentrate hard enough I can almost smell the honeysuckle. As usual, the second week of January finds me done with winter. Santa Claus has come and gone, the festive lights are put away for another year and Christmas candy has all been eaten. What’s a person to do in the digital age other than pull out some photos that warm the soul even if the body still feels the chilly air. This is time I begin to watch the buds on the trees. It’s really early to see any sign of change. Normally it won’t be until March before the trees start to wake up from the long slumber that began in late October. But, like a schoolboy waiting for the last bell to ring I wil watch the clock. The deep frost is the first sign of change. That began today. The next phase is the deep snow. Usually that comes between the last two weeks of January and the first two weeks of February. Between Valentine’s Day and the end of March it’s a little random but the March winds mean that the season is changing. Next we start noticing less of a need for heavy jackets in the last week of March but don’t be fooled, that’s just a setup for the Easter snow. My guess is that there will be bunny tracks in a powdery dusting of winters last hoorah this year. Historically speaking, that’s it. Then the warmth comes back to the mountains and the honeysuckle blooms for real. I really don’t have much to base this on other than recollection and gut feeling but it helps me look for the next goal as the snow falls outside of my window.

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Old Man Winter’s Last Fit… (I hope)

Old man winter is a stubborn one indeed. We have invited him to leave with singing frogs, nesting birds and open bloom but he doesn’t want to leave. Today he threw a tantrum and hurled cold rain, sleet and snow at us. His antics have made a complete mess of the local fishing pier. I suppose that some weather just doesn’t understand that he’s not welcome anymore. However, I have a plan. I simply refuse to be a fun host to Old Man Winter. Instead of going out to play in his muck and mud I’m going to snuggle up under a warm blanket and sleep until he gives up and goes back to the North. 😉 Have a blessed evening everyone!

Escaping From Winter 

Free me from this frozen prison!

Loose theses bindings layers of wool and down. 

Let me feel the warmth of the Sun in place of icy winds.

Show me green leaves and let me breathe in the scent of rose.  

Kindle a fire deep in my soul and set this prisoner free.