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Old Man Winter

When we first moved to Maine I was dubious about all the stories everyone told us of how bad the winters would be. Well, as this season has come, both those who warned of 4 months of winter and I were right. Although the temperatures have nothing on the near-arctic days back by my parents in Ohio, not taking into account 25+ mph hour winds, there is significantly more snow here--and it stays!

I like to say that Ohio is bipolar in it's weather. The occasional 50 degree days melt away snow that we normally only get it bursts of 6-8". It then will promptly be 5 for a high and you have nothing but cold and brown. Here though, a normal snow is in excess of a foot and once it falls, it has no intention of leaving until spring is here for good! The storms are beautiful and they force everyone to slow down and enjoy a good old fashioned snow day.

I have always been an outdoors girl, though, and I'm itching for spring. Every summer I would spend nearly every waking moment planting and tending as much of the yard and garden that I could convince my parents to let me dig up into beds! Thankfully, though, Dan and I call an apartment home. My yard is not my own. School keeps me very busy, and I'll have an even more hectic schedule this summer as I embark on my clinical year. Therefore, all my aspirations of gardening would likely fall woefully flat due to just a lack of time, even if I could convince my landlord to let me have a garden. I think some of the itch is further worsened by the fact that I'm now married and can't wait have a yard of my own to coax into producing loads of produce and flowers for my home.

Until then, the best thing to do is enjoy these winters. I probably will never live in a climate like this again and snow will likely become more of a treat rather than the rule. Regardless, it does have a certain peace, beauty, and sense of rest that few other seasons do.


  1. A few potted plants, maybe, to cure your gardeners itch?? :)

  2.'re getting ahead of me! Haha. I was already plotting my next installment...


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