The winter of 2011 started off pretty mild, prompting this strip. Thumbing your nose at Mother Nature seldom pays off and we wound up paying for it with a brutal February and March. You may notice the small dog being held up with a sling and we did indeed have a partially paralyzed dog who could only get around by having someone else hold up his back end. A long story for another day.
We live in upstate New York, just inside of the Adirondack Park, about 2 hours from the Canadian border. Winter? Yeah, we get winter all right. Snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures for days on end, the whole she-bang. Except for this year.
This year has been the best winter (as far as I’m concerned) in recent memory. We only had to shovel or use the snow thrower a couple times, National Grid or the oilman didn’t rob my savings account (there are three moths left in there) and I didn’t spend one second chopping ice off my roof. Yes, I fully acknowledge some people live BECAUSE there is usually a lot of snow and cold; skiing snowmobiling, or what have you. And yes, I know the lack of those activities really hurt a lot of small businesses who rely on those tourism dollars. I feel bad for them. But I still LOVED this winter.
And here is why winter was so mild this year. I spent a weekend in the fall fixing my snowthrower (which broke during a massive snowstorm in March 2011) and we bought three additional sets of snowshoes so the whole family could go this year. In short, I was prepared to not fight winter this year and it never came. Scientists will tell you it was La Nina, El Nino or just the hot air emitting from Al Gore’s pie-hole. You won’t convince me it was anything but some sort of karma backlash.