I’m not sure about you but I enjoy the beauty of seasons changing.
I’ve lived in Pennsylvania all my life and my
small growing portfolio of traveling has only consisted of locations along the East Coast, as far south as Florida and as far north as Massachusetts. I do admit I like the idea of living in Sunshine State, warm-all-year-long Florida. While I can’t say I enjoy the cold, I do enjoy the beauty of a snow-white winter, especially when I can be safe and warm at home.
This winter seems to be everything but safe and warm, however. Nationwide I’ve noticed out of the ordinary weather forecasts and odd temperature changes. Here in Pennsylvania it seems we’ve been on a roller coaster with temperatures: one day is mild and warmer than normal, the next is below freezing. Snow falls inches at a time, clears up in a day or so with the warmth and the cycle repeats.
The sound of children giggling as they make snow angels is priceless, don’t you think?
This past week was a little more unexpected though. In addition to the snow and cold, we experienced a historical ice storm that knocked out power in our region for days. Reports had about half a million without power with no quick restoration in sight. While we roughed it out the first day, the following morning my husband and I agreed it would be best to find a hotel to keep warm, have hot water and be safe. (Even as I write this I’m at a suite while we wait for our power to be restored.)
After stopping at a few locations with limited to no vacancy, and rates higher than we were comfortable paying, we found one place that sounded perfect, and so far it has been. I mean really, wouldn’t you say being able to go swimming in the middle of an ice storm and mass power outage sounds enticing?
While it’s fun to have a change of environment, there’s no place like home. The children were out of school every day last week except one, when there was a two hour delay. They’re certainly enjoying their “surprise” vacation. My husband and I kind of just want to get back to normalcy. These days though, who knows what that is anymore? A couple months back I remember hearing of snow and winter temps in the Middle East. Last week or the week before the southern states, especially Atlanta, Georgia was hit with snow that left their condition quite treacherous. In yesterday’s news I heard the west coast was expecting snow and cold temps, but the hopeful outcome was that it would help relieve its current drought conditions. Seriously? Dry enough for drought but cold enough for snow? Weird, I know.
The last historical and record breaking winter I experienced was four years ago in 2010. If you read more of my story (Stillborn Yet Still Born https://fullofgrace82.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/stillborn-yet-still-born-pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness/) (Remembering Wynter https://fullofgrace82.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/remembering-wynter/) you’ll see why I consider Winter 2010 to be “the coldest winter ever”, literal in every way. So yes, this winter weather is quite chaotic, but I’ll take it as it comes, one day at a time.
Well, while waiting for the elements to get back to normal, I’m going to enjoy what’s normal for our family on Saturday evenings: DiGiorno pizza and Nickelodeon’s Sam and Cat! 🙂
Do you have winter where you live?
How is your winter season going so far?