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Archive for December 9th, 2009

Grumpy Me, Pretty/Quiet Lansing

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Well, the inevitable happened. Lansing got snow that stuck. We had snow, some sleet overnight, and pretty nasty winds all day.

During the day, driving worked OK. When the sun went down, it got noticeably treacherous. By the time I approached my neighborhood, I slid down Cedar St. (main artery) past my street. Whoops!

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Above is how it looked out my front door at 3am last night. If you do not need color, as I do, you  might see this scene as beautiful. It surely was quiet at that time, but then again, 3am is quiet most days.

I have a few musician/poet friends who find things about this weather to appreciate. Doug notices the quiet. Kitty has spoken of it in respectful, even reverent terms.

It is good for me to know that people I respect can appreciate this cold. I somehow have a reaction to cold weather as though nature is attacking me in any place I can not cover up fully. I go out in layers of clothing which might make others feel bound or choked. For me, it’s a way to feel protected and comfortable.

For the record, Brian rides his bike to work each day. He does not find this weather to be a problem. He does not get cold much, though on some days he needs to pay a little more attention to traction. He has wide tires, though, and is very skilled, so it tends not to be much of an issue. (Me, I get cold just running from the house to my car!)

I do think that my circulation does not work as others’ systems do… but then again, how much of it has to do with my need for light and color? How much is about cold? I may never know.

July is a long way off, but I can remember…