Being a born and bred Michigander, I can attest to the power of sunshine in the dead of winter. When accompanied by a fresh layer of snow, it has the power to lift your spirits as nothing else can. Our past summer had virtually no rain (but somehow green grass). The sun would come streaming in our living room window just about every morning.
Summer gave way to a very pretty fall, with an exceptional crop of brightly-colored leaves, as judged by the people who judge such things. Then came winter, and so far it’s been one big blah. If it wasn’t for our White Christmas, I’d say we’ve been trapped in a Weather Twilight Zone. Every day is the same. Temperature around 32 degrees, clouds, and no snow. So, when we finally got some of the white stuff the other day, I was happy to see the change. It was only about an inch, but when the sun hit that blanket of white, dazzling!
Winter in Southeast Michigan is usually gray, brown, and pretty boring. That’s why I am such a fan of snow. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish for a blizzard every day. Just enough snow to cover the grass. That, along with some good ol’ sunshine, will surely brighten up your day. It’s also supposed to help with our winter heating bills, so what’s not to love?
However, it occurred to me the other day that I might be the source of this year’s snow drought. For Christmas, my wife bought me a new Greenworks 80V Electric Snowblower. I tried it out a couple of times and I love it. If I was just a foot shorter, it would be perfect. I’ve never understood why snowblower manufacturers think every Northerner is as tall as Bilbo Baggins or Tyrion Lannister. Maybe there’s a lot of Hobbits in Minnesota, who knows?
Anyway, I may have cursed this winter by getting a new snowblower. Everyone in Michigan knows that a new snowblower means a dry winter. So far, outside of some isolated snowfall here and there, it’s been right on the money. Oh well. At least I’ll have it ready for next year! Even though the snow is not cooperating, hopefully, the sun will return from time to time to keep us from going nuts. Hey, it just started snowing! Hit it, Bing! “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!” Now, did I remember to charge my snowblower battery?
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