In three weeks, winter solstice will officially arrive marking the beginning of winter and the day where sunlight begins to get longer. Here in the northland unofficial winter arrived just before and after Thanksgiving with two big snowstorms messing up travel. Yesterday I ran my snow blower attacking about eight inches of snow that had hardened to the consistency of concrete when freezing rain fell on top of it. It was a drag shoveling off my deck as well. Heavy, wet “heart attack” snow. Klare was out attacking it with her snowplow shovel as well. Oh well, the job got done. This morning I see that another half inch or so dropped. Will have to go at it today but shouldn’t be so bad. As they say in Minnesota, it could be worse. We could be in Duluth digging out after a blizzard.
The Minnesota gopher football team hoped to retain Paul Bunyan’s axe and get invited to the Rose Bowl this year. Those hopes were dashed when the Wisconsin Badgers ran all over them last Saturday in a snowstorm. Oh well, with a record of 10 and 2 the rodents should be getting a good bowl game this year in a warm weather venue, away from winter. Tonight, the Minnesota Vikings, who are doing well this year as well, play Seattle Seahawks in Seattle—a tough team in a tough venue. As the Commander in Chief likes to say: we’ll see what happens.
You were wondering when I’d get around to politics, weren’t you? This week the House Judiciary Committee takes up the issue of impeachment, having been supplied with voluminous documentation from the House Intelligence Committee. The President has been invited to participate and/or send representatives or lawyers to advocate on his behalf. At this point it is not clear whether he will take them up on the offer, although he is clear he thinks the process is a sham, a hoax, and a witch hunt. According to polls about half of Americans think he should be impeached and removed, forty percent think not, and the remaining ten percent are asleep. We’ll see what happens.
Seasons come and go. The football season, the baseball season, the NBA playoffs. In Minnesota winter runs from November to April. A lot of time to hunker down and reflect, or, if you are energetic and have the right equipment, to go out and play in the snow. It could be worse. We could be living in low lying coastal areas vulnerable to hurricanes. Or in California, prone to wildfires and earthquakes.
In the meantime, take winter as it comes. Wear appropriate clothing. Wear a hat. Watch out for frost bite. Be prepared.