begin to tell you how tired I am of listening to various people,
including weather forecasters, predict how the upcoming winter
might be. First of all, these supposed "professionals"
on television dont even have a clue in my opinion. I
cant tell you the amount of days this past summer that
I wound up sitting on the beach when the forecast called for
clouds and rain! I mean, these guys (and gals) are supposed
to have this Doppler thing, that lets them know the
inside track. Anyway, I find myself watching anyway, hoping
that they might be correct.
rarely are. So when anyone, at this point, begins to prophesize
about the upcoming winter, I find myself a bit skeptical while
at the same time rapt with attention. The bottom line is this:
its going to be cold and snowy. Now, keep in mind that
I lived in California for many years. So anything below 45
degrees to me is uncomfortably cold. I remember specifically,
in one apartment I had, having a small bedroom heater, which
I used to turn on when it got to be just 60 degrees. But I
think that when I lived out there, or for that matter anyone
who used to live on the East Coast, our skin becomes somewhat
thin, and we become tempered to a warmer climate. So when
it does get a tiny bit cooler out there, it seems really cold.
I specifically remember calling it "sweater weather"
when it was just 55 degrees.
here, I wouldnt think of wearing a sweater unless it
was below 40 or most likely, colder. I do have one major exception
to my thinking that anything below 45 degrees is "uncomfortably
cold" anymore. With my MS comes an inherent sensitivity
to heat. Subsequently, I tend to function much better when
the temperature is cooler. This is why I am almost always
in the lake when I am getting sun. I usually sit in my manual
wheelchair as deep as my chest. With of course, my aide with
me sitting in a patio chair. The problem here is that my aide,
Robin, is not heat sensitive, though she does need to sit
with me in the lake nonetheless. Sorry Robin, it comes with
the job! But we dont need to worry about sitting in
the lake anymore as we are in late October already!
believe it? Halloween is just a few days away! And then comes
winter. As far as projected winter weather, lets just
take it as it comes. However, I do take some stock in what
some old-timers have said about the geese flying south early,
which does indicate an early winter. My new friend, Earl,
from the Country Heritage Barn in Johnstown tells both myself
and Herman that this is a true sign of an early winter. I
recommend this restaurant and gift shop highly! Happy Halloween.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"