Winter Blues

I am fortunate to live in a part of the world where winters are not too extreme, but are still cold enough to feel like winter. Our winter days are usually about 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit and we get very little snow/ice each year. Every two to three years, we will get a few days of “true” winter weather with snow, frigid temps, freezing rain, or some combination of the three. It’s been a few years since we have one of those true winter spurts, so I should have expected one soon, and it is here.

This week and next week are supposed to be terrible weather-wise. We got about an inch of snow over the weekend which is not a lot in climates used to snow, but here, it was enough to render the roads impassable for several hours. Last night, we got some freezing rain, and there is some more precipitation coming down as I type this that will freeze when it hits the ground since temps aren’t supposed to be above freezing today. Next week features several days with highs in the teens or 20s, as well as several days with forecasts calling for snow.

Like most other people, I HATE driving in the snow, especially here where road-clearing services are not very good. Also like most people, I love spending time outdoors, which just isn’t possible in increments longer than a few minutes when the weather is so horrible. The weather is making me sad and putting me in a generally poor mood for most of the day, so I think I will need to pay careful attention to spend time doing things to make me happy — playing with my dog, reading, maybe watching a few episodes of a favorite TV show — until the weather improves.

To that end, I have been reading several good books recently and that has been helping my mood. I was also able to make it to a barre class yesterday evening before the freezing rain, and the extra time indoors is allowing me more time to snuggle with my pup. I’m hoping the freezing rain won’t cause a power outage, but if it does, then I’ll deal with that as it comes.

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