Friday, February 20, 2009
And Winter Lingers
It is hard for me not to whine today. We had a bit of decent weather when it looked as if winter was wandering off and spring was on the way. Unfortunately, the weatherman has changed the scenario again. This morning the temp was below freezing and falling.
I never did like winter, nor going out in the cold, but this is going to be one of those days when I can't avoid the frigid winds off the river. We have a river on the East side of Cambridge - the Choptank, so named because the winds whip the water to a frenzy - making for wonderful sailing, but not today. Today I have to go out, and I don't want to.
The old folks used to go out oystering in this sort of weather, bless their hearts. I can't imagine what that might have been like with the spray freezing on one's face and on the lines as the sails were adjusted. Cambridge was built on sailing and the fishery, although that has dwindled, like many other ways to earn a living. Those fishermen were hardy guys, I guess they just went to work whether it was cold or not.
That seems to indicate I need to quit whining and put on some extra clothing. One of the things on the calendar is a visit at a medical adult day care to entertain the clients. The other thing is a birthday party for my publisher. I can't imagne blowing off eiher of those. Guess I just have to grin and bear the cold weather and be glad it is nice and warm in my study.
So. If you are in a warm climate, congratulations. If you are living, like me, on the frozen tundra if Maryland, hang on and look for the sunny side.
Terry L White -Author of the Chesapeake Heritage Series
"Travel Through Time With Terry"
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