Seasonally Challenged

In the Piedmont region of North Carolina, we have had a very wet autumn and winter.  The water table should be in great shape.  We’re on well water, so we pay attention to the water table.  Our temperatures have fluctuated tremendously, which is rough on all living creatures.  December 9th, we had 9-10 inches of snow, which was our average annual snowfall.  Normally, we get a dusting to an inch or two of snow a couple times a year in February.  We haven’t had any February snow yet.

As I write today, it’s sunny and 75 degrees outside.  Our daffodils are just about ready to bloom.  The birds and frogs have been quite boisterous.   At least today’s weather will help inspire me to write some spring and/or summer themed poems.  As a writer, I often have to write about a season well in advance of what the calendar indicates because of journals’ publishing schedules.  It’s much like buying a bathing suit now because the stores have already changed out their seasonal stock.  Good luck finding a winter coat, gloves, or heavy sweatshirt now.

Being outside is so enjoyable without the pollen, mosquitoes, or ticks.  I’m going to enjoy it while I can because seasonal temperatures, daily highs in the 40s and 50s and overnight lows in the 30s and 20s, will be back for the weekend.   Perhaps I’ll do some star gazing tonight as the low temperature is only supposed to be 60 degrees.  The winter sky in our rural neighborhood is so clear.  The contrast of the stars against the cobalt sky is breathtaking.  The Orion constellation has been brilliant.  Mmmmmm, another idea for a poem.

Wherever you are, I hope you’ll enjoy some pleasant weather and take advantage of the beauty around you.


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