People ask me if I like cold weather or snow days here in the south. I typically say that I don’t because we often get ice mixed with snow which can make driving conditions hazardous. I really don’t like rushing at the last-minute to the grocery store to find one of the last loaves of bread or cartons of milk . I don’t like standing in a long line to make my purchases then fighting traffic to hurry home before the winter storm hits.
The first day, it is fun to watch the snow coming down which is often a rare occurrence here in South Carolina. I go outside with my dog for short walks and enjoy the scenery which looks vastly different with a white blanket. I may try to build a snowman, although with little precipitation, it is often a failed attempt. I take photos to send to friends in Florida or for northerners to get a laugh out of the “big snow that shut down everything”. I lug out the snow boots, hats, scarves, gloves and hooded coat for a short trek in the woods. After they have dried out, I store all the single-use winter paraphernalia that we had to have for Christmas until next year. The muddy walks with the dog leave the floors dirty and they must be cleaned up multiple times. I exhaust myself with all this activity and fall in a heap in my big easy chair to warm myself by the gas-powered fireplace. I sip on a fresh cup of hot coffee or tea. I take in a movie from Netflix. I dig out a book that I have recently purchased but haven’t had time to devour.
I say I don’t like the snow or cold weather. However, I really don’t mind being stuck indoors and having uninterrupted time to work on projects that I have put off until one day. I enjoy planning and dreaming of gardening projects to tackle come the first signs of spring. During long sessions when I am sitting I may even indulge myself in a brief cat nap. I get some time to rest and relax from the busyness of the past Christmas and New Year festivities . I find myself in hibernation mode and finally have time to think, reflect and focus my thoughts.
I think I like an occasional snow day after all.