Thoughts of winter fill waning days of October


Leah Lehman, Leader Columnist

The way the wind is whipping around today, I am glad there is no snow with it. A good friend of mine, who lives in Glidden, noted on Facebook this morning that they were having some snow. Another friend posted a picture of the huge waves on Lake Superior; not a good day for being on the lake.

I do wonder at all the people who are moaning and groaning about the cold. I am thinking, let’s be thankful it has been a mild October up until now, and if the 70s are gone until next spring, that is to be expected. This is Wisconsin, after all.

Some folks I have talked to are already packing up to head south. More power to them. While I can’t say I love all aspects of winter, I can say with certainty that I don’t want to miss it, either. As I have shared many times in the past, I love and hate each season and am always pleased to see the old go and the new come.

I have heard mixed reviews on what this winter might be like. First, I heard it is to be another mild one. Then I heard lots of moisture. That always makes me think that perhaps that might mean rain and, in the winter, usually freezing rain. That I can live without; don’t like driving in it nor walking on that icy stuff.

In the end, it doesn’t pay to worry overmuch about what may or may not come. Whatever it is, our worry won’t change it. But if we pay attention to the forecast, we might choose to change our plans.

My grandson did a great job mowing lawn last week, as he managed to get the leaves mostly blown into the wooded area in the back. The wind today is helping the cause of blowing them even farther, and out of the yard.

I did manage to find someone to spray the outside of the house to keep those ladybug-like stinky bugs out of the house. The testament of what a problem I would have had if I had not done so has been found on my front porch and in front of the garage, where I have had to sweep dead bugs away quite often.

When I was sweeping yesterday, I also found a big, dark, long-legged spider. I left it in place on the railing; Halloween is coming after all. It was dead, and that wind likely took care of that, too.

Now that the month of October is waning and November is nearly upon us, plus the weatherman mentions snow now and then, I am in a quandary as to when I am going to visit my aunt in southern Wisconsin. I want to get there before we get too far into November. At this point, the trip alone is tiring enough; I sure don’t want slippery roads.

In looking ahead to my “Farmer’s Almanac” calendar, it tells us that daylight saving time ends on Nov. 5 at 2 a.m., so that means we get our hour of sleep back. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving is Nov. 23. It also has a reminder to feed the birds.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 2:1.