As I read the east coast blogs and, most significantly, looked at their pictures of the driving and piling snow, I felt a bit conflicted.
I felt bad for my brethren who were already taking to the shovel. Sorry, Austin, who was moved in Maine to post this headline and all it entailed — The First Snow: An Angry Blogger and His Roof Rake. Austin and many in Maine lost their power. That made me feel bad. Where are the candles and lighters? Oh, yeah, I have the battery-powered LED Brooklyn Lantern ready right there on the bookshelf.
At the same time, I was relieved the white stuff had not yet visited the Syracuse city neighhborhood of Eastwood home of my dear wife Karen and I. It will hit us soon enough, and before the official start of winter on Dec. 21, too. After all, Syracuse is the snowiest top 100 metropolitan area in the United States.
No, here in the start of November, we still have the confusion of front-garden roses poking up blooms amid a bed dotted with crushed brown leaves blown in from neighbors’ trees.
How colorful, and pleasingly schizo.
Are flowers still blooming if you still live in an area where fall’s supposed to be giving way to winter, and is it surprising you? Were you hit with that first snow yet, and what have you done to prepare for it when it does come? How much snow is enough snow for you, and why?