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    November Is My Unofficial Start of Winter

    As is 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 don’t 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.

    I changed to long pants and put a sweater around my shoulders just in case the weather changed. My party was at Lanzi’s 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 wouldn’t hear of it, so we all made the trek up the snowy mountain to Caroga Lake.

    There 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.

    Once 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 far 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.

    "Kathryn 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"