The temperatures are dropping in northeast Indiana. It’s going to be a cold weekend and an even colder week. Thankfully, my husband and I are retired, and we don’t have any appointments on our calendar. So, we’re hibernating.
I’ve always loved the four seasons, but I have to admit winter was more fun when I was young. As a kid, it meant snowball fights and sledding. As a young adult, it was something to battle to make it to work. When our backs were strong and supple, we shoveled it, but the fresh, crisp air was bracing, and the yards looked beautiful covered in their white blankets. Sometimes, when the schools and businesses closed, John and I would pile in the car with a snow shovel and take off to drive around the lakes. Ah, youth. We never worried we’d get stuck. We’d shovel and rock the car until we broke free. When we got older, we bought a snow blower. We still got out and about unless there was ice.
I don’t like the feeling of no control when my car goes into a skid. My grandsons, however, headed to the biggest parking lots to do donuts with my old, beat-up Ford, enjoying the spinning and sliding. And now that the kids are grown and gone, we’re retired, and we can watch snow fall and deal with it when we get around to it. There’s no sense of urgency. So, for the coming week, snow and bitter cold mean filling the bird feeders and snuggling up inside, spending more time writing and reading.
First, we’re finally taking down our Christmas decorations. The kids made it up last weekend, so the tree and wreathes have served their purpose. John and I are going to store things away for next year, then bake a coffee cake together. The fridge is stocked with plenty of food. No worries we’ll starve.
I’m going to work in more writing time than usual. I’m halfway through my free supernatural mystery for my webpage, and I’d like to write a chunk of chapters ahead. John went to the library and has a pile of books to read. I’m expecting a manuscript to critique. Never work. I love Julia Donner’s historical novels. This one’s a Western. I can’t wait to read it.
All in all, dear hubby and I are ready for a quiet, easy week, staying home and cocooning. Hope you find some solid writing time, too.