Snowpocalypse 2014

Screaming bird pic2

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:

Coldest Day Ever sm

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? 😉


  1. Sylvia Liu January 19, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    I agree, Dana. Although if the weather gets too frightful, all I want to do is snuggle in my warm bed and read.

    • Dana Atnip January 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      Thank you for commenting, Sylvia! Of course, for me, snuggling in bed with a good book is great for any time of year! 🙂

  2. Lindsay Parsell January 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Dana. I hope you remember me from working with you way back at MHS. I love your illustrations and my parents still have the art work you made for them of all of their granddogs still up at their house. Im so happy for you, and for all of your achievements.

    • Dana Atnip January 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

      Hi Lindsay, of course I remember you! I’m flattered that your parents still have the pet portrait that I did for them! Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

  3. Alanna January 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Nice blog post! And I couldn’t stand the thought of the birdies starving (or, more like making it harder for them to find food). I don’t mind winter as much as I used to but I won’t ever say I like or prefer it. Jet hate it a little less.

    This winter for some reason I have felt less productive and have required more motivation to get things done, especially once dark descends. I cannot wait until more daylight that is for sure.

    • Dana Atnip January 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

      Thanks Alanna! It’s true that it can be hard to get motivated when the sun sets so early. The days are getting longer though, and Daylight Savings will be here within the next few weeks! 😀

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