Promises of Warm Weather
Fall is a time we spend getting ready for winter. Well, actually, here in the north country we spend all summer and fall getting ready for winter but in the fall it becomes an intense race against time as iron hard earth and deep snows threaten from the western skies.
Earlier this fall I had made sacrifices to the weather gods imploring to not have real snow until December 1st. They honored my prayers with an unusually long warm fall for which I am immensely greatful. We have had several snows of half an inch to three inches so far but nothing that has stuck and lasted more than a couple of days. The ground is still soft giving us an unusually extended period to do earth work like water lines and fence posts. This is like the year we built our cottage – That required an extensive sacrifice too.
Yet by December 1st I wasn’t ready so I made a new prayer and a new sacrifice. Traditionally one sacrifices virgins to the weather gods, volcanos and such for maximum effect. However, asking for warm weather in the mountains of northern Vermont deep into the middle of December calls for something extraordinary: honest politicians. As you can imagine, they’re rarer than unicorns.
So, I was very happy when I looked at the AccuWeather prediction and saw warm weather out to December 18th! The weather gods were indeed pleased with my offerings!
There is one little problem. The nights are freezing. But, thinking back I realized I only asked for warm days – they’re about 16 degrees warmer than normal. One must be very exacting with prayers as little things like warm days and cold nights can trip you up. The details are in the fine print. Still, I will appreciate what I got and not quibble lest I lose what I was given.
So, when you go to the polls and must pick the lesser of two devils you can blame me, for using up the last of the honest politicians to gain precious days of warm weather when we should have a foot or more of snow on the ground…
Outdoors: 44°F/23°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 56°F/63°F
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