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Now then: I’m fed up with politics and public affairs at the moment, so I’m going to talk about the weather instead.
Winter is showing up on the horizon most places in the United States (and indeed, the northern hemisphere) but here in the Great Land, it’s already here and has settled in for a long stay. Our recreation is still a bit hampered here as we have not yet found a good snow machine that suits our needs (for you folks in the 48, that’s a snowmobile; in Canada, it’s a sled.) But I do have a good set of snowshoes, so I’ll get out some, and who knows, maybe I’ll get a few big-bodied snowshoe hares. They’re good eating, and Mrs. Animal would like to have a few dazzling white winter hare pelts for some various crafting purposes.
Lots of folks still today living in places like Florida and Arizona haven’t really experienced a northern winter. Here, from the Hulu show Letterkenny, is a humorous take on the northern winter.
Canada, not Alaska, but the winter weather is similar. If you haven’t checked out Letterkenny, I recommend it. It’s comedy as it used to be; they poke fun at pretty much everything, while still being a good-natured take on what life in a small town is like. I enjoy that bit because I grew up in a small town, and after almost forty years of living in cities, I’m finally back in a small community again, and really enjoying it.
Back to the weather: We have between six and eight inches of snow on the ground right now. Temps have already dipped below zero a few times. The snow will be here until May. And it will remain as it is, pristine, white and beautiful.
Winters here are long and cold. But that’s OK. It’s Alaska, not Miami. We’re prepared, with plenty of firewood, a utility tractor to move snow, and a well-stocked freezer. As I’ve always said, the thing we enjoy most about winter is feeling proofed against it. And here in Alaska, we have a long time every year to enjoy that feeling.