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Sunny days ahead

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 11:04 AM

2012 is moving right along and it will be interesting to see what kind of February and March weather we will have. January has been fairly mild with a few drops in the temperature but, all in all, I have not had to bring out the "big coats" from the back closet. I haven't gotten so cold I day-dreamed of spending winters in Florida.

I have always been a little envious of people who travel around to get the best of the winter and summer months. I think of them when I get extremely cold in the winter or terribly hot in the summer.

With the climate changes as they have been the last few years, it may get a little more difficult to find places to predict the perfect weather all of the time. Recently lower temperatures were reported in parts of Florida than somewhere around Montana.

As I have said numerous times, we cannot change the weather. I really don't mind our weather. I like the surprise from day-to-day, but when extreme cold or hot tarries longer than usual, I've had enough.

Can you imagine living where it's common to have 18 feet or more of snow falling all at once? We have been watching the reports of towns in Alaska getting hit with over 18 feet of snow. It would be a little too much of a good thing to suit me. I like a little snow now and then, but there is a limit. That is a lot of snow, even for Alaska.

The weather is always a good subject. Have you ever noticed how many weather-related greetings and sayings we hear in a day? Some of the more popular ones include, sure is cold; you're going to blow away; looks like rain; it is a scorcher; good day for fishing; raining cats and dogs; sure could use some rain, and many more.

Weather seems to have an influence on attitudes, also. If the sun is shining and the temperatures are mild, people seem to smile more and overall seem more pleasant. This is just my observation, but it seems dark, cloudy days seem to rub off on us. I think I would have a little problem living where it remains dark day and night for several weeks.

Growing up we didn't have the inside electronic games, we only had three black and white channels and we did not know about sunscreen. If it was not freezing and the sun was shining, we spent a lot of time outside. We tanned naturally. I did not have a problem with sunburns as I spent a lot of time outside and tanned easily. When I did get a littler red, the next day it was a darker shade. We change with age and I don't get out in the sunshine much, but when I do, I use a lot of sunscreen.

Spring will be here March 20 and summer will hit June 20 and we can look forward to sunny days ahead.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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