It seems each year when the first snow hits the ground, we are a little surprised.  Some of us may be horrified at the sight of snow covering the leaves that just blanketed the lawn only days before.  I must admit, of all the seasonal transitions fall into winter may be the toughest one for me.  By mid-December I seem to evolve into full hibernation mode – go to work in the dark, come home in the dark and want to sleep shortly after dinner.

If you are reading this, then the first snow should come as no surprise to you, as this is not your first time around the sun.  This is a pattern which repeats itself year after year.  The beginning of November invariably brings the first unwelcomed flakes of snow, which I believe is less bothersome than what the first snow represents.  Although, each year we seem to be flabbergasted that summer really is over and we have to wrap our minds around the fact that we will hunker down for half a year with no leaves on the trees and some sort of snow on the ground.


The first snow of the season reminds me of the alarm clock that wakes you from a sound sleep with that annoying atonal blare, but this alarm clock has no snooze button.  Let’s face it, we set this alarm months ago and it is now going off.

This winter try to see snow through a new set of eyes, much like the puppy in the picture.  Embrace this time of year.  If you are not up for winter sports, read an extra book or two (I have plenty of titles if you need suggestions), warm yourself by the fire, invite some friends over for cards and snacks.  We are in it for the long haul, so let’s make the most of it.  Imagine how wonderful it will be once the snow is gone and the days get longer and warmer.  Spring is just around the corner.