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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    We Are Blessed

    ALL YEAR 'ROUND
    Real Seasons Up Here
    good for neighbors
    EVIDENCE
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    .. We hear rumblings from some folks about how winter is dreary. We hear how they can't wait for Summer.
    .. We wonder why they stay in a place that they cry about. We wonder what overwhelming reasons cause winter anxiety. What is it that, in this mobile society, forces people to live where they have to complain about the weather?
    INFREQUENT VISITOR
    .. Is it economic entrapment? Are choices made in favor of money?
    .. Is it social imprisonment?  Are choices made in favor of neighborhood, friends and family?
    .. We do have real concerns for those rare folks that have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) It has to do with light and the hypothalamus. This happens to folks from Florida (1%,) to Alaska(12%.) Gray days can be debilitating. There are remedies other than sleeping late, craving sweets and starches, etc. We won't dare a remote diagnosis.
    .. Also, we have been told that there are some folks that are perversely happy when they are complaining. So be it. We wish that they wouldn't harangue us with their whining. We can do nothing about it.
    YEAR 'ROUND NEIGHBORS
    .. For us, the cold season is a blessing. It is full of beauty, majesty, opportunity, and - if we choose - solitude. Up here winter brings snow for our fish. Up here winter allows for recreational opportunities not available elsewhere.  It suits us. We chose it.
    .. Our snow is deep on the ground. The temperatures are manageable with the clothes that we own. We are still able to ski, snowshoe, or wander around with a camera. Or, just wander around. We are not trapped in a house or, apartment or, camper or, tent or, cardboard box.
    .. We have experienced the monotony of year 'round tepid temperatures. We have also experienced the vitality of change and capricious weather. We'll take caprice over tepid any day.
    NOT 4 US
    .. For some there is the malaise of cabin fever. We have been lulled into thinking that it even happened to us. It's just a lack of imagination or, activity or, creativity or, volition that engenders the cabin fever. It sneaks up on you if you let it.
    .. We send our thoughts and good wishes to those that believe winter is something to be avoided. We send blessings to those that abandon the high country for southern climes. We celebrate their choice that leaves the high country to those of us that relish it's vitality and presence.
    .. Time to decide what to do. So many things, so little time. There's always snow to shovel.
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    WALLPAPER:  NO PARKING