It's still snowing, and blowing outside.
The snow keeps getting deeper, and the temps keep dropping.
Winter in the Great Lakes region.
That time of year for extra blankets on the bed.
Warm woolen mittens, scarves, and hats with ear flaps.
Wool socks, and heavy boots.
Jumper cables, and tow ropes in the trunk of your car.
Flares, and bottles of water.
An army blanket, and batteries all ready if needed in an emergency while out on the roads.
The winds that blow the lake effect snows can be brutal...causing deadly white outs as you travel along roads, and highways.
It's especially dangerous at night.
Listening to the weather forecast is a must!
Heeding the warnings, and advisories could save a life.
Sometimes the weather is so severe, they close the Mackinaw bridge.
I am afraid to go over it on a sunny summer day...I can't imagine traveling over it during a winter storm!!!
One Fall....I took the boat from Mackinaw Island to the mainland, during an early winter storm......THE last ferry boat over for the season!!! NEVER again will I do that!!!
Gale force winds had the boat bouncing up and down in the waves. Snow, and ice were hitting the windows of the ferry. The waves were splashing over the bow of the small craft! I feared we would sink!
I was terrified!
It's all a part of the Great Lakes.
Every season has it's surprise storms.
On the water, and off.
We might complain about the cold, and snow. We might travel to sunny regions for a few weeks in the Winter months...but there is NOTHING like the Spring! Those first songs of the Robins when they return. The sound of the Red winged Blackbirds calling for a mate. The site of the first Snowdrops, and Crocus. The aroma of BBQ'd chicken on the grill in Summer! Fireworks, and warm evenings, with the laughter of children as they chase fireflies. Sitting around the campfire as the boats go by at night. Then the smell of the leaves in Fall. Warm colors, and sweaters. Football games, and apples. Pumpkins, and trick or treaters. Family gatherings as Fall turns to Winter, and the holidays rush in. That first snow fall, and kids wanting to play in the snow.
People complain every year. Every season. They seem to be in a rush for the calendar to turn the page.
Let's slow down, and enjoy the time we have here. Last year went by so fast! Can we take stock in today? Realizing we cannot get any of this back? Once it's gone...it's gone for good!
Tomorrow will be here soon enough. Enjoy today, because it only comes around once!
Happy NEW Year everyone! Make it a good one!!!