Fifteen days

7 12 2011
Photo Credit: Gloria Augeri

Looking at the calendar, I realize that the solstice will be here in just over two weeks. Then, the days will start getting longer again! Maybe it’s been the balmy weather (except for Storm Albert) or my personal busy-ness, but it doesn’t seem that it’s been hard to adjust to the darkness this year.

I expect there will be more snow (in fact, some is predicted in the higher elevations for tonight) and I am certain we will have frosty nights again. For now, I am grateful it’s been a gentle November and December thus far. And I look forward to the not-so-distant day when the minutes of daylight begin to accumulate and we inch toward the time when taking an after-work walk does not include carrying a flashlight.

How do others feel? Has the darkness been difficult or not?

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29 12 2011
Jeff Martens

This year the loss of sunlight seems to have affected me less than usual, though I do miss winter weather. This December in central Maryland has been (I'm guessing–no official statements yet) the mildest in memory. High temperatures have been entirely in the 60s, 50s, and 40s. Next week some highs in the 30s are predicted, so maybe next month we'll have some actual winter weather.As a kid I felt gypped when it rained in winter instead of snowing. I think that was a lingering effect of moving from Wisconsin to Virginia, but this month has been extreme, but also extremely friendly to my heating bill.

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