Friday, March 8, 2019

The Year Mother Nature Said, "Here, Hold My Beer..."

We've had a peculiar winter season. It's been mild. One of the most mild New England winters I've ever experienced in my entire life. In November, we got a storm that dumped about 6 inches of light fluffy snow. Since then, up until March 4th, we've gotten a dusting to a couple of inches of snow followed by lots of rain. Or, just rain.

Lots and lots of rain. 

Over the past few weeks, a lot of people have been posting "countdown to Spring" memes. Most of them have been posted by those who live in the northern New England area. Unlike us in southern New England, they've gotten a lot of snow.

This year, the Spring Equinox occurs during the late afternoon on March 20th. That's right around the corner.

I haven't replied to the people who are posting these countdown-to-Spring memes.


I'm fairly convinced that we're going to have an extended winter.

Well, our area at least.

I've been thinking a lot about the Spring season back when I was 27 or 28.

I'm 45 now.

That year, we got hit with lots of snow. Then, towards the end of February, beginning of March, we had a bout of unseasonably warm weather.

When Spring was officially upon us, everyone had Spring fever. After a few weeks of unseasonably warm weather, we were all convinced that the cold and snow was well behind us.

The last weekend of March that year, I planted flowers and decorated the porch with hanging and potted flowers.

The yard and porch looked gorgeous!

We were wearing shorts and short sleeved shirts and flip flops. The following weekend, we had a cookout.


Mother Nature decided to have a moment.

It was as if she blasted, "You stupid humans. You think it's Spring? Here, hold my beer."

The temperatures dropped. A storm system rolled in.

We woke up to almost a foot and a half of snow.

I was crushed.

None of the flowers survived.

It took about a week for the snow to melt.

To say the very least, it sucked.

Since that year, I have never gotten excited about Spring's official arrival.

Last year, mid-March, we got a winter storm that dumped almost 2 feet of snow.

I'm fairly convinced that we're going to have an extended winter this year.

I hope I am wrong. 

This week, the temperatures are supposed to be in the 50's and maybe 60's.

The snow we got last week will melt.

Spring fever will kick in for a lot of people.

Not me. 

I'm still haunted by that April snowstorm almost 2 decades ago.

I refuse to get my hopes up.

We. Shall. See.

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