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Post-holiday time
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-17-2001 at 07:57:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I often find it a great relief when Jan. 1 rolls around. Not only is the commercial Holiday season (mania) over, but the time between Jan. 1 and the first hint of Spring can be a wonderful time for reflection, peace and solitude: The dead of Winter; snow on the ground, trees stipped of leaves, clear blue sky (even here in NYC). It's like everything around us has been stripped down to a more human level. The dead of Winter is like a pause in our lives; the pause before the stirrings of Spring and a re-awakened life.

LazyHorse    Posted 11-17-2001 at 17:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats true unless you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I also hate having to care for all the livestock when it's cold, frozen and miserable outside. I could hibernate all winter it would suit me fine.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-17-2001 at 21:15:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
LH - I have one of those 10,00 watt lux desk lamps which you use in the morning for 15 to 30 minutes. It's supposed to help reset your biological clock and get you going for the rest of the day. It works for me. However, if I don't get a good night's sleep the night before, all the bright lights and cups of caffeine won't help me make it through the day.

LazyHorse    Posted 11-17-2001 at 22:10:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the info on the light, I have heard they really work. Now the sleep thing is I rarely sleep more than 5 hours a night. Wish I could, but always something to do, or noisy kids.

Alberta Mike    Posted 11-17-2001 at 17:56:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Now, if there's ever been a place with 4 seasons, this is it up here. We have all four, no overlap, no half-way seasons, we have winter, spring, summer, and fall. As for the holiday season, my wife and I have decided that there will be no presents between the two of us this year. The regular stuff for the kids and especially the grandkids, but for the two of us - well, what do we really need? Maybe go out for a nice meal once or twice, etc. but as for presents we'll see if we can do without. And I love winter, the colder the better I say. We can get to minus 38 degrees up here (that's the same reading on both C and F scales) and it makes a guy appreciate spring, summer, and fall even more. C'mon winter, we're ready for you !!!!

magpie    Posted 11-19-2001 at 07:24:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I sure agree with you Mike, nothin like a little fresh air up the nostrils.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-17-2001 at 21:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alberta Mike - That's the spirit! Since you're from Alberta, have you ever heard any of the recordings of IAN TYSON, the cowboy singer & rancher from out your way? He's one of the best cowboy singers around. Check out my Internet Cowboy link on my web site for more info on Tyson and other Western Canadian singers.

F14...I'm with you!    Posted 11-17-2001 at 17:42:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like winter! Mostly because it forces me to slow down.

Early spring in Maine is nasty, cold, wet, and bug infested.

Late spring, summer and early fall, I'm busier than a one-armed paperhanger with a dose of the mechanical dandruff.

In the winter, there's little or nothing that needs doing outside. I can catch up on my reading, reclaim all those naps I missed when I was busy, enjoy a nice warm fire in the woodstove, partake of the bounty I spent the summer putting in my freezer(s), and just relax. The few really serious snowstorms we get here on the coast are usually pretty, and I actually enjoy firing up the plow truck and plowing my driveway and those I caretake for. Snowshoeing in the woodlot, ice fishing, building snowforts with the grandkids, and all when (and if) I feel like it.

And just about the time I start going stir-crazy from all the "relaxing", it's Spring again, and I got lambs to take care of and all the forty-leben other tasks that come with taking the farm out of winter storage and getting ready for another hectic summer.

I pity people that live down south with two seasons: Hot, and REALLY hot...

Jerry B    Posted 11-19-2001 at 09:28:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, things could be worse. My brother lived in Alaska afor 3 years and he told me they had 2 seasons: August and winter.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 11-17-2001 at 22:15:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fawteen, you sound like you're trying to convince yerself that you like that crap. You need to talk to a Psychologist! WERE talking to one. Skuse me.

Ackshully, we do have seasons down here. Had 4 of'em today. Low 40's when I got up this mornin', got into the 80's thisaffnoon, then I like ta have froze b4 I came inta tha house.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-17-2001 at 21:27:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
F14 - Speaking of really hot & MUGGY, I lived for a short time in Gretna, LA (a suburb of the Big Easy). You wanna talk HUMID? Makes NYC seem like paradise, and that's a real stretch.

F14...I hear ya!    Posted 11-18-2001 at 03:46:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
While in the Navy, I lived in Pensacola, FL for 5 years, and Charleston, SC for 3, as well as (thankfully) brief stints in Pascagoula, MS and New Oleans, LA.

I've had all the hot and steamy I need in this lifetime...

Les...fortunate    Posted 11-17-2001 at 08:39:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That's a good way to look at it, Joe. Winters in New Hampshire are a lot different than when I was growing up. It's one of the busiest times here in ski country. Spring is my favorite time--April and May--when you can see something new every day just by looking in the same place.

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