Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Not So Wonderful Winter!

      Yes, I am always amazed at the games that good old Mother Nature seems to play on all of us who live in Missouri.  The last few days have been a bit too cool for my taste.  When the high for the day is below freezing, it is too cold for me. I know what some of you are thinking...some would say it could always be colder than it is...or look at such and such place that is 15 below zero.  I do kind of agree.  I need to remember to count my blessings and be happy with the weather that we have.
The first real snow of 2013!
      I know that Missouri weather can go from 50 to 20 in a matter of hours, and the temperature can also go from 20 to 50 overnight.  I suppose I should not complain about what I think is too cold because the weather is not one of those things that I can control. I wish I could control the weather on those "too cold" days.  Since I am not able to control the weather, I have to reflect on the fact that tomorrow could be a total change from today.
       When the bitter cold is chilling me to the bone, I sometimes think of Shakespeare's description of the cold that people of his day experienced.
William Shakespeare

Winter

(From "Love's Labour's Lost")
When icicles hang by the wall,
    And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
    And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
                Tu-whit;
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
    And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
    And Marion’s nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
                Tu-whit;
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
--William Shakespeare