If you are reading this, congratulations! You have survived Snowpocalypse 2014! Also known as the Polar Vortex, etc, etc. I’m sure you’re tired of reading about it. Here where I live in Michigan we got about 12-13 inches of snow dumped on us. Friends of mine further north got 2-3 feet!
I feel so bad for all of the little birds and critters outdoors…how do they survive? I can barely stand just the short run to my car and then the run into my work (while holding my tumbler of hot coffee). My sister was kind enough to lend me some money so I could buy a bag of bird and squirrel food because I didn’t have enough left from my last paycheck to buy any (sad, I know). I was traumatized because I didn’t have any food in my feeders. After I filled them, my yard looked like a scene out of a Disney movie (or an Alfred Hitchcock movie).
Here is a screenshot from my phone on one of the coldest days that I ever remember in my LIFE:
NEGATIVE ELEVEN! FEELS LIKE NEGATIVE THIRTY-FOUR! WHAT IS HAPPENING?? Oh, but hey, at least it’s SUNNY! Silver linings, right? At least I’ll be whistling in the sunshine before my lips freeze off and I die of hypothermia.
Yet this winter is a little different for me in the aspect that I don’t despise winter as much as I used to. Why the sudden change of heart? Did I fall and hit my head? Did I secretly move to Florida?
Nope and nope. I realized that when it’s cold and miserable outside, I stay INSIDE and work on my artwork and writing.
When it’s warm outside and the birds are singing zip-a-dee-doo-dah, when I can hear kids laughing, see joggers, bikers, people walking their dogs… I want to be outside. Technically I COULD paint outside, and I COULD write outside (except that I don’t own a laptop)…but when I’m outside, I want to be physically active. Walking. Gardening. Hiking. Kind of hard to write and draw when I’m doing those activities.
A friend of mine who grew up in Michigan but moved to California years ago commented on his Facebook that the only thing about Michigan winters that he misses is that it kept him inside, drawing.
So for those of you who live in snow-belts or places that are seasonally cold…do you find yourself being more productive in the winter months? I personally get a lot more done during cold weather!
So I guess I’ll tip my hat to Old Man Winter for now. Thank you for keeping me on the straight and narrow! But this still is not an admission that I want you to stay forever… keep your visit reasonable okay?