November 20, 2014
Winter has arrived early, with a vengeance. The
wooly worms that predicted winter would come early and hit hard, have
There have already been two major winter storms
(named by the Weather Channel) and it is only mid-November. There will
be a minimum of six feet of snow on the ground in the “lake effect”
areas by the weekend.
Even though all we had for snow was a dusting,
school was on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning due to icy road
conditions with a low temperature of 16 degrees. The temperature was
down to 14 degrees one morning last week and it was almost that cold the
There has never been anything like this early start
to winter in my lifetime. If we had an “Indian Summer,” it was just one
I believe it might behoove all of us to stay
stocked up on essentials from now until April, or later.
Next week is the beginning of deer season, and I
wonder if the weather will stay crisp and cold with a little snow or
warm up too much to hang a deer from a tree in the yard. The last few
years have been warm one year and cold the next. I think it will
probably be cold, rainy and miserable at the start of the week, until it
turns to snow and bitter cold for Thanksgiving.
Jeanne continues to improve every week. We walked
down in the yard to our fire pit and back last weekend, and it went very
It is a trip of about 250 yards over typical West Virginia terrain,
down and then level before going back up the driveway to the steps,
across the deck and into the house.
Soon, when the weather breaks, we will go to the
fire pit, build a small warming fire and sit in our swing for a while.