We had no winter to speak of until mid-January. I was walking around on my patio in barefeet on Christmas eve. A short term benefit of global warming – wonderful on the one hand, scary on the other.
Then Winter decided to make up for it all at once – setting records for most days below freezing, etc, etc, etc. Now we’re into the snow and ice phase.
Looking ahead, it’s clear winter will be basically over on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, and we’ll have started into an extended spring. A blessing, no doubt.
But I find myself this evening, with snow covering the woods, grieving that it will all soon be gone.