Talk To Me, Snowman

I feel like we are suffering through the longest winter in recorded history, Modern Philosophers.

We had a blizzard last weekend, and another one is ravaging Maine today.  After last weekend’s storm, I woke up to two mornings where the temperature had dipped to -8.  The weather report calls for a low of -11 for tomorrow.

Yesterday, I was furiously chipping away the ice on my front walk because I had almost taken an incredible tumble when I left the house for my morning run.

I’ve had to deal with frozen pipes, almost running out of heating oil because my supplier said they didn’t have the manpower to make a delivery, and the garage door freezing shut.

Not that I really enjoy leaving the house, but it’s been nearly impossible to do anything other than go to and from work because of the weather.  The library is always closed.  Whenever I try to get a haircut, the barber is closed.  The running path is buried in snow and ice.

This winter has been brutal, and shows no signs of giving me a much needed break.

winter, humor, Modern PhilosopherThe only silver lining I can find in all this miserable weather is that I’m writing this post from The House on the Hill on a Friday morning because work decided to close due to the storm.

Adult snow days do not occur often, so it was a welcome relief when the text arrived yesterday morning stating that all offices would be closed today.

I’m a bit exhausted and could certainly use the time off.  I stayed in bed until 9:00 and only got up because the cats were pestering me for breakfast.  If I had my way, I would still be snuggled up under the covers and ignoring the winter storm that’s raging outside.

Of course, I do have a plan for my snow day now that I’m up and about.  I am going to work on the edit of the Detective Bruno novel.  Thus far, I have added over 8,000 words to The Vanishing Corpse.  It has been quite enjoyable to go back over the story, and expand on it now that it’s not just a quick serial for the blog.  I’m able to add a little depth to the characters, and put in some details that I missed in my first pass.  Plus, now that I have a better feel for Bruno, I’m able to tweak his dialogue and better explain why he acts the way he does.

When I need a break from writing, I’ve got over 40 episodes of Castle on my DVR.  I do enjoy the exploits of Castle and Beckett, and watching their adventures makes me want to write even more Bruno and Wally stories.

life, humor, Modern PhilosopherI have no intention of leaving the house on my snow day.  It is supposed to snow until 8:00, so there’s no point in going out to shovel.  I’ll just let the clouds get it all out of their systems, and then tackle snow removal tomorrow.

Sure, I’d be tempted to venture out to build a snowman, but only if my creation could speak and was willing to carry on a conversation.

Something about this weather makes me more lonely than usual, and leaves me yearning for companionship.  I think it has something to do with the romanticized version of Maine I’d pictured when J and I talked about moving here.

I pictured us shoveling the snow together, then having a snowball fight, before retreating inside to drink hot cocoa and snuggle by the fire.  Blizzards are much more romantic when you’re trapped inside with someone you love who has exciting and creative ideas for keeping you warm.

I hope you are all safe and warm, and that this endless winter soon yields to a delightful spring…

Do you hate winter, too?  Anyone want to snuggle by the fire?  Have you taught a snowman how to talk?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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25 Responses to Talk To Me, Snowman

  1. kristianw84 says:

    Winters are generally harsh here in the Appalachian mountains, but like you, this winter seems especially long.

    I made a snow Snoopy, but the rain came and melted him a little and now he looks like nightmare fuel. I haven’t figured out how to make him talk, which might be a good thing now that he looks like something that crawled out of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Anyway, for snowmen to talk, I believe you need a magic hat…

  2. Bill says:

    Winter is the worst, and when you combine it with January seeming like it was six months long this year …

  3. beth says:

    I do love the snow, to play in it, and the beauty, but not to commute in. I’m ready for spring when it’s ready –

  4. markbialczak says:

    The cold has been terrible this winter, Austin, and this snow storm got us solidly yesterday. Yes, I’m ready for spring … but the owners and players are mucking that up with stalled baseball negotiations that definitely will delay spring training and possibly even the start of the season, too, if they don’t thaw. I did hear good news on our local front, though, the Syracuse Mets’ Triple A season and all minor league baseball is unaffected by the major league stalemate, so we’ll have our games started on our home opening day of April 6. (If the field can be cleared, that is.)

    • Austin says:

      Yesterday’s storm was horrible. Just cleared the driveway from that one. I hope MLB is back on time, but at least having MiLB will be nice. Baseball season means warmer weather!

      • markbialczak says:

        The kids visited yesterday, Austin, and we discussed our strategy for buying our tickets for the Syracuse Mets’ opening day. The planning felt good for sure.

      • Austin says:

        Are season tickets expensive? I always wondered for minor league prices compared to the majors…

      • markbialczak says:

        The one-game prices are $18 for best box seats, $35 for the tabletops behind home plate, which now have wait service for food and drinks, Austin. They also have 10-game books that go for $125, which you turn one the coupons in for a game ticket at the box office, which is a pretty good discount. Upper deck general admission is $14. Season tickets are $350 for all weekend games, $450 for the whole season. All in all, not too bad in this day and age.

      • Austin says:

        I agree! When we moved to Maine, Bangor had an Independent League team in its first season. We went to a game, loved it, and seriously considered getting season tickets. Sadly, they folded after that season…

      • markbialczak says:

        Triple A has 72 home games, and that’s still too much of a commitment for me while I’m still working at the library, Austin. Maybe when I’m retired?

      • Austin says:

        I think if I lived in a minor league town, I would definitely go to a lot of games. I miss being able to hop on the train to go to Yankee Stadium…

      • markbialczak says:

        I really enjoy living two miles from our NBT Bank Stadium here, Austin, and it’s a nice ballpark.

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  6. Rivergirl says:

    Ah, the romanticism of Maine winters! How long did it last for you, if you don’t mind me asking.The great white north definitely tests your fortitude, but you have to admit…. it’s a glistening wonderland every now and then. Last week’s storm was awesome. This week’s mess of rain/sleet/ ice less so. I’ve been skating to my mailbox and it’s not nearly as enjoyable as it sounds.

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