“Everybody talks about the weather,
but nobody does anything about it.” —Mark Twain
Barren, bleak, stark, blustery, rimy, bone-chilling, glorious, gloomy, enchanting, bitter, crunchy, white-out conditions, wind-chills, woodchucks, woodstoves, winter kill, crispy, cozy, flurries, flannels, fat pants, drafty windows, glistening hoarfrost, black ice, blizzards, frostbite, harsh, frigid, icy, insulation, melting, nippy, raw, toe-numbing, shivering, sleet, El Niño, polar vortexes, thermometers, moon rings, powdery white stuff, thunder snow, window scraping, driveway shoveling, nuisance snow, sneezing, slippery, slushy, sparkling, snowbound, snowmen, snow plows, snow shovels, snowshoes, toasty, unending, wool socks and sweaters, boots, fleece, gloves, mittens, tuques, duvets, down coats, cold snaps, comforters, long johns, quilts, scarves, turtlenecks, hot chocolate, Jack Frost, Skilling, February thaw, and early spring.
Is it just me or did our daily conversation change with the transition to winter? The topic of weather still dominates most of our day-to-day discussions, that and the recurring bleak news, but the weather still holds an edge in this competition. On second thought, it’s the words that have changed to reflect the season at hand and not the conversation itself.
For me, winter is part of the grand scheme of things of which there is no mortal control. It will be here until it decides to go. We can grumble or marvel, but it doesn’t make it pass any faster or stay any longer. It can build character or reduce us to blubbering fools. By June, it will almost be forgotten. Still, some will discuss it in historical terms depending on the outcome of the snowfall it produced and the temperature fluctuations it doled out. Other than that, it will take its place amongst the eons of past winters that have come and gone since the earth turned on its axis. Although it’s not my favorite season, it does provide an excuse to hibernate and look forward to the spring equinox. Until then, you may borrow any of the words above to use in conversation and while away your time.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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