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    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.

    I happened 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.

    Herman 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, he qualifies.

    My pharmacist, 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.

    We had 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.

    One 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