Maggie Pill

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Ch-ch-changes--Looking at Winter Differently

I had two events this week, a Career Day presentation at a high school about seventy miles away and a book signing over a hundred miles from home. A winter storm hit Michigan that seems to be endless, stretching from Wednesday through Sunday with blizzardy winds and plenty of snow to blow around.
I was about to cancel the school visit when hubby informed me they'd canceled school for the day. Though I'd prepped for the visit with handouts and candy and funny little anecdotes, all I felt was relief.
Last night after watching the weather forecast, I canceled the book signing as well, which meant de-reserving a hotel room I might still have to pay for (I hate that.) I was supposed to join three author friends, and we'd made it a party with Santa hats and the silly billing, "Four Women of Death." I love the folks at Horizon Books in Traverse City, so I hate wasting their time and energy. Still, I was relieved once I'd made the calls and arranged to stay home.
My point is that I've reached an age where it just isn't fun anymore to brave the elements for fame and glory, and I think hubby has too. Once we both would have considered a trip in possible storm conditions to be a challenge. Now it's just--um, no. But thanks for asking.


  1. I can definitely relate! 4 inches of fiercely blowing snow yesterday, plus 6 more last night. It didn't sound like much only a few years ago, but my husband has been ill the last 2 weeks and we're both in our 70's. There sits a very large, gas powered snow blower, with tracks instead of wheels and a three stage, 30 inch chute, right outside the back door. Unfortunately, said husband has never taught me to use it and doesn't feel up to teaching me today. Truth be told, I'm not physically or mentally enthused about it either. I used to be the one assigned the snow throwing job while husband worked as foreman of the snow plowing efforts in our town and was on 24/7 call during every snow storm. We're directly in the snow belt of upstate NY, so there's always anticipation of a healthy dose of the white stuff from November to April (or May). Today, there's no place I have to be and the large mailbox will hold more than one day's delivery. I just can't work up the effort to put on boots and slog the 100 feet out through the cold and bound to drip into my boots, wet stuff. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Snowbird but, now that I only work part time and don't have to go out, I'd rather stay inside cuddled up with our Siberian Husky, who's also getting older and has lost much of her enthusiasm for snow. Let's have a nice cup of cocoa and curl up with a book.

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