Harsh winter weather can be either friend or foe

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Finally a break in the cold weather has come. We must admit it isn’t a grand break, but a week with a couple days above freezing is much appreciated. Even with the tease of the temps hitting above 30, some still carry worries on their minds.
We’ve heard comments from some local worrywarts that potential fast thaws could cause flooding and muddy fields. Field planting could be delayed and even gardeners might have trouble prepping ground for those onions, radishes and taters. We came across some comments from a Minnesota friend who has advice to those cold-weather, or blizzard complainers.
“Complain all you want, but don’t look my way,” she said. “I’m a confirmed blizzard lover as long as I can stay inside.”
She continued by pointing out spring winds are shrill and grating while carrying clouds of dirt.  Their continuous moaning makes her nerves stand on edge.
Summer winds are hot and foreboding like an ugly old witch shrieking in your ear that something terrible is about to happen.
Fall winds are little more than a combination of spring and summer winds.
But winter winds neither shriek nor moan. They howl boldly, reminding you of how fortunate you are to have a warm house, cozy fire, and extra blankets to pile on your bed. They bring her no nervousness, no sense of foreboding --  only an exaggerated realization of our own comfort and well-being.
“Give me a good, old-fashioned blizzard and I can think of a million things to do . . . like sewing, writing letters, baking, or reading a book. These are tasks I regularly postpone until I have more time,” she said and then concluded, “Blizzards have a way of making time stand still.”
Our Minnesota friend conceded that her opinion of winter has brought a difference of opinions from others who obviously were not as fond  of winter blizzards,
“That idiot wouldn’t find the blankety-blank blizzards so comfortable if she had to do our work,” was the jest of comments that came from highway department and other service workers where their extra action was demanded when winter winds howl.
Those comments could also be echoed here in Nebraska by not only the roads and service workers, but by cattlemen, our rural friends and me as well.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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