Here in the Northeast, we got a significant amount of snow yesterday (again!). If we are not yet up to our necks in it, then we are at least up to our waists. I am one of those people that doesn't mind snow. My philosophy is if it is going to be cold then it might as well snow. Also I think that a pristine, snow covered view is as pretty as just about anything in nature as evidenced by the pictures below. There has been a lot of beauty in these past snow covered weeks. The physical beauty of it all and the emotional beauty of helping each other out and bonding with your neighbor. Twice in the past couple of weeks, we have looked outside only to find our driveway being cleared by our neighbor and his trusty snow blower. But I have to say all beauty aside, I am reaching the tipping point for this winter - the "trapped inside the house" feeling is starting to beat the "wow, that is really beautiful" feeling.
Also as an added source of angst, this sports fan thinks that this is the most depressing weekend of the year. Except for one more game, the football season is all over. Done! Well football (and hockey) do have their all star games this weekend but I am not a big fan of all star games. For the most part, hockey and basketball are in the lull part of the season (in baseball they call it the dog days of August) and speaking of baseball that doesn't get started until April. The next thing to really look forward to is March Madness. I have had an idea for a couple of years about how hockey can help save all of us sports fans out here. I think that hockey should shift its season so that the playoffs take place in February. This makes sense to me for the following reasons: it is a dead spot in the calendar sports wise, the playoffs would be more logical in February than May and it wouldn't have to compete with baseball and basketball for attention. My idea needs a little help though since there are the Olympics every fourth year and I am not sure how to get around that. Oh well it is never going to happen anyway. It's just the product of some random winter musings.
If you live in the Northeast or another snow bound area, I feel for you. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm, then take this in the nicest possible way but I am going to hate you until at least March.