The last full day of winter


tomorrow is the last full day of winter…..

Just came in from walking the dog before bed time. We surprised two cottontail rabbits in the back yard come to find and eat some sunflower seeds on the refrozen snow under the bird feeder. Squirrels knock down the seed. Late afternoon I spotted a cardinal back for a feed. Hadn’t seen one in two weeks. Or maybe I just failed to look out at the right time. The forecast tomorrow is for snow in the morning (2-4 centimetres) turning to rain in the afternoon.

When I went out with the dog this morning it was -8 Celsius and a cold north wind blowing. Throughout the day I could hear snowmobiles snarling along out on the bay. Nearly the last runs for this winter. They won’t stop for the official first day of the new season.

The snow banks all have the burned back look of late winter. All have a coating of dust and grime, a long way from snow white. The snow drift in the back yard seems to have melted down by a foot and a half, with a foot and a half left. A tiny bit of ice in the eavestroughs. Getting the roof shovelled off was a wise move. Next winter we will have a new roof and it may be steel. If it is we should have no snow and ice build up at all.

I am trying to remember what it felt like in the first week of August when we got our daytime high temperature up to 98 F. Seems like 7 years ago, not 7 months.

Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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