There are winters, and then, there are WINTERS. This year has been a WINTER because, man, we are so tired of GRAY and COLD. It's the COLD, baby, the cold that seems to be "10 degrees below than normal", and "another week of below normal temperatures", or "nearly record breaking cold" in January. February has been no better and while the snow isn't as crazy deep as years past, we are SO over the gray, cold drawn-out days of WINTER. Thanks Caorle for a 10 on Tuesday so we have a reason to complain out loud.
1. GRAY skys, cloudy days, days with no blue sky, no change as gray does not mean a storm is on the way, it just means it's winter.
2. Inversion GRAY is day after day of gray skies, gray clouds covering the mountains, sometimes creating dangerous fog. The day never has texture and everything become over-washed with the same gray.
3. GRAY salt, gray skies, gray roads, the world looks gray, there is no light, no blue to contrast, nothing to brighten the mood.
4. The GRAY ice, GRAY snow, gray inhabits the landscape and if we can see the mountains, they look flat, have little texture and the overcast sky they turn gray.
5. GRAY moods and down cast faces of everyone you know complaining of the day after day of gray, inversions. People become crabby and short tempered.
6. THE COLD of fingers and toes, noses and ears, the extreme cold that bites right through and it has not left us. Yesterday was 20 below normal and so will today.
7. January was a record breaking COLD month, as we had day after day below normal temperatures and like to think we'd freeze to death just getting from the house to the car.
8. A house that never quite warms and has pockets of COLD, usually where I sit in my favorite chair. An office I am left to use a small heater to warm my legs.
9. Icycles hanging from the eaves, thick and long, COLD and GRAY, leaving us to wonder if one could fall and impale us.
10. A garden covered with snow and ice, the ground likely frozen and hard. No way will we be planting greens early this March. Hopefully, we will plant a little later in the month, given the ground is covered with a foot of snow. The GRAY and COLD have us ready to say uncle.