Not ready for winter

When I visit the cenotaph on Remembrance Day, it is either a gorgeous, sunny fall day or, more often than not, the winter winds blow down the river and the occasional snow flurry wings by.
On those days, I regret not digging out my long johns, insulated boots, and winter coat.
Hallowe’en is often rainy and wet here. Just before the trick-or-treat day, the glass storm windows are put back into the storm doors.
Meanwhile, I always plan to put the twinkling white lights up on a sunny Saturday without snow on the ground. It always is easier to move the ladders without snow on the ground and I like to choose a warm Saturday for the job.
That normally happens in mid-November and fall has lulled us into thinking about the possibility of a “green” Christmas. But within a few days of Remembrance Day this year, snow covers the ground and I realize winter has set in for the next five months.
In my mind, I was not prepared for the “Alberta Clipper” that roared through Rainy River District on Thursday afternoon and evening. I had hoped that the weatherman was off kilter when he called for up to 15 cm of snow, preceded by freezing rain and strong westerly winds.
Early Thursday morning, CBC already was notifying student in the Kenora-Patricia school board that buses were not running due to the condition of the roads. In Rainy River District, buses continued to bring students to schools.
As the day progressed and road closures grew, I began to realize I should have installed my winter tires in the week prior. It seemed hardly possible that just three days earlier we were experiencing temperatures in the high teens Celsius.
I had not packed away the lawn mower or dug out the snow blower. My winter shovels were where I had stored them in mid-April. My winter apparel still was packed away, as were my boots, gloves, and toque.
I am not ready for this sudden change of season.
Around the paper, I am not the only one lulled into enjoying a late fall season. I still have leaves to rake, branches to haul to the dump, and some repairs to my home and yard to make.
The long-term forecast calls for the thermometer to hover just below the freezing mark, with the occasional day of plus temperatures.
Hopefully, the snow will recede and all of my yard and home work will be completed.

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