The Calm Before the Storm

Here we are, getting ready for the third major storm to move into Maine this month. Of course it’s great for skiing and other outdoor sports, but at this point I can’t help looking ahead to spring. The gardening catalogs have arrived, filled with photos of daffodils and tulips, and hard as it is to believe, looking at the mounds of snow already on the ground, somewhere under there are all the perennials I  planted last year. But until the warm weather comes again, it helps to get out in the brisk winter weather , go skiing, make a snowman with the kids, go ice skating, and otherwise enjoy all that winter in Maine has to offer.

It’s quiet here on my island. The summer people are still tucked away in their warm winter quarters, with many of them not returning until June. Meanwhile,  life goes on with house parties, church suppers, roaring fires in the fireplace, and a chance to slow down just a little bit.  But not for long….by next month, the first ads will appear from stores and restaurants looking for summer help and the pace of life will slowly pick up as we move into spring and summer. Meanwhile, there’s that snowstorm making its way here: Time to haul in some wood, stock the freezer, find the flashlights in case the power goes out, and make sure the generator is gassed up and ready to go.  Then we’ll all settle in and see what Mother Nature has in store for us this time.

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