Is My Unofficial Start of Winter
my habit at the beginning of any month, I need to tell you
how funny it feels to be in a brand new month. Especially
since November is pretty much the start of winter in my opinion.
From here, we are looking at six months of snow and cold weather.
Wait, I take that back. Six months takes us into May, and
I dont think that we will be dealing with snow in May.
Before I moved here, I never really saw any significant snowfalls
in April. But as we all know here in Fulton County, April
can be a very snowy month! It was just last year when I celebrated
my fortieth birthday. All my family came in for this momentous
occasion. I had the party on April 9th, though my actual birthday
is on the 12th. Anyway, at the start, and for most of the
party, the weather was beautiful. About 70 degrees and sunny.
In fact, that morning, I was sunning myself outside in my
yard with just a sleeveless tank top on and shorts.
to long pants and put a sweater around my shoulders just in
case the weather changed. My party was at Lanzis on
the Lake. We were all seated facing the lake. During the course
of the luncheon, all dark clouds moved in and it began to
snow. It wound up snowing so much that everyone had to stay
overnight at the Holiday Inn. The next morning, I went to
meet my family for brunch with Herman. By then we had about
12 inches of snow and it was still coming down. After brunch
my Mom decided that she would drive up to see where I lived.
As it was still snowing hard, though I really wanted her to
see the house, I suggested instead that she just drive straight
back to Cleveland. My Mom wouldnt hear of it, so we
all made the trek up the snowy mountain to Caroga Lake.
was so much snow in this driveway that my Mom parked at the
end of the driveway, and, after Herman got her a pair of my
serious snow boots, hiked in.
we all finally got inside, we realized that we had no power!
Thankfully, this house stays heated without power, so we were
all warm and cozy as we sat in semi-darkness. Mom got a good
look at the house with the waning sunlight and she gave us
her stamp of approval. Which meant a lot to me.
as it feeling weird that it is November already, at least
now we can get used to the idea of there being snow. Because
when it sort of snowed/sleeted in early October of this year,
I really could not wrap my brain around it happening that
soon. Somehow once the calendar turns to November, my body
and mind are braced for snow and winter.
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"