At Peace in the Winter Wonderland
I’m writing this to you on January 23rd. We’ve
just had 15 inches of snow here in Caroga Lake. According
to the weather casters, they got even more snow to the
south and east of us, with three feet in some spots of
New England. This must make the skiers and snow boarders
very happy. I know it’s made the snowmobilers happy,
because they’ve been buzzing by our house all day.
to listen to Garrison Keiller’s monologue today
on A Prairie Home Companion as he related how northerners
like to complain about the snow and cold but secretly
love it. Garrison can be found Saturday evening’s
from 6-8PM and Sunday’s from 3-5PM on 93.3 near
us and a National Public Radio station near you should
have him listed. He has been doing the show for 30 years.
and I went to see him at SPAC on one of our first dates
a few years ago. Many people have remarked that Herman
resembles Garrison Keiller and I have to agree. That they
are both Scandinavian may be part of it. In his radio
broadcasts, he often speaks of “Norwegian Bachelor
Farmers” or just the “NBF’s” and
since Herman is both Norwegian and was raised on a farm,
Dan, at Hannaford was also raised on a farm. He and Herman
talk “farm talk” when we go there. He was
mentioning just today that he could hardly wait to get
his snow shoes on and get into this fluffy white stuff.
Not me. Back when I was into sports, downhill skiing was
my winter thing.
so much snow, that when we let Moxie, our Dalmatian, out
this morning she could barely get through the drifts with
her stomach dragging over the surface of the snow. And
she isn’t that small a dog. Another complication
of the snow is that it slides off our steep metal roof
into our driveway and multiplies whatever has fallen by
three. So Herman had his work cut out for him this morning.
of my favorite things to do is to sit in the front windows
with the sun streaming in. It looks beautiful from the
warmth of the sunbeams inside our house. The sun usually
comes in around 2:30 this time of the year and for two
hours I can bask in it. I occasionally watch the ice fishermen,
snowmobilers and cross country skiers on the lake, but
sometimes I just gaze at the lake, mountains and forest
around us and am at peace.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com