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Coping With The Winter Blues -

Sunday, March 23, 2014   by: Mac Headrick

I found myself in a temporary funk this past week. This winter, (the longest one during my existence) is getting me down. 

I woke up on Thursday, the first day of spring. I discovered I had a hearing problem. I couldn’t hear the robins singing. My vision had failed me. I couldn’t see the buds on the trees. I had developed a skin condition. It felt cold outside. 

While driving around the city I have observed PUC trucks on a regular basis working on frozen or broken pipes. The roads at Second Line and Great Northern Road would be a great area to test the ability of Canadian military tanks to survive rough terrain. I dislike creeping into intersections because my vision is impaired by high snow banks. On occasion at any time of the year we will all drive past automobile accidents. Of late, it seems to me this situation has repeated itself all too often. 

The success of our local athletes in the Olympics had lifted my spirits during the last month. The Superbowl helped me deal with the early February weather. As I have stated in the past I enjoy using the snow blower. But enough is enough I need some hope that spring will finally arrive. To help lift my spirits I decided yesterday morning to focus on the positives in life. This reflection began around 6 a.m. while sitting on the couch. This is what I came up with. 

  1. Observing and complaining about winter means I am still alive. Not a bad place to start.
  2. While enjoying my early morning coffee I had the company of Beau and Raji beside me (family dogs). Also we (the dogs and me) were joined by Dante (family cat). All of us had a snooze together.
  3. Christie Camper is having their annual “spring” sale at the old Honda dealership. Even though I am not in the market for a trailer I never miss the opportunity to attend this annual event. It allows me to see what is new in the RV world. Plus the Christie staff are exposed to my “sage” advice on the marketing of their products. Sure it was miserable outside but the interior of the building and trailers are comfortable.
  4. I have discovered the joys of live hockey once again and have been attending games on a regular basis. Now it isn’t the Soo Greyhounds that are the inspiration for this renewed interest. I like and follow the Greyhounds but it is the other major team, the Soo Thunderbirds, which have inspired me to visit the arena. The Thunderbirds have an Owen Headrick playing for them. Now I am not related to Owen, we just have the same last name. My philosophy has always been if there is a Headrick in Sault Ste Marie that is excelling at sports then I claim them as an honorary relative.
  5. Sault Ste Marie does not have the following weather related events: hurricanes, ice storms (not often), tsunamis etc. My point is for the most part we escape extreme weather.
  6. Superior Bakery donuts. Do I need to say more?
  7. I am tired of snow but it is pretty under a bright sun.
  8. Just over five weeks to the beginning of camping season. Now that situation is a little hard to visualize. In the last two summers there have been a lot of fire bans. Surely the woods will have plenty of moisture in the ground this year. 

The above is what I came up with. It doesn’t melt the snow any faster. It is not as exciting as a lottery win. It will keep me sane while this long winter (hopefully) comes to an end. 

As I see it I would rather focus in on the positives in my life than worry about something I have no control over. I am curious as to how you are coping with this long, cold winter.

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OddOne 3/23/2014 1:49:41 PM Report

Love the way you think Mac. Also. Game of thrones is starting!!!
Just Curious 3/23/2014 2:33:53 PM Report

#1; get up, walk the dog
#2; Have coffee, walk the dog
#3; do yesterdays dishes, walk the dog
#4; make lunch, walk the dog
#5; watch boring basic cable for 2-3 hours, walk the dog
#6; get supper, watch the news, walk the dog
#7; watch tv until 11:00 pm, walk the dog
#8; go back to bed
#9; get up for pit stop @3 AM, let the dog out for same, go back to bed
#10; get up at 6 AM, repeat steps #1 thru # 9.......LOL..
How does that compare with your day, Mac ???? :).
mac headrick 3/23/2014 5:48:34 PM Report

Just Curious in three seasons that actually is very similiar to my life.

My Pug doesn't like the cold so the walks are short and not often this winter.
pruden 4/2/2014 8:44:27 AM Report

Hello Mac:
Yesterday was the highlight of Spring for me, saw 6 Robins, eating berries on my tree.
Watched the snow banks sink as they melted and loved watching the rain join the melting snow heading to the drains (hopefully not blocked).
Our chipmunk showed her/himself and we gave it some peanuts and sunflower seeds.

Spring is here.
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