This is my first “real” Winter in three years.
Last year at this time I experienced opposite seasons traveling in Argentina and Chile. It was cold some days when I was very far south in Patagonia, but there were many warm days and no snow.
This year I sometimes worry my body chemistry has changed, and I may freeze to death.
I ride one mile to get to work now.
Recently, that has been the coldest ten minutes of my life. More on that another time.
It has been below freezing for quite a while lately, and it makes me jealous of those nomadic wanderers who move with the seasons.
In order to survive the rest of the Winter, I have to remind myself of the things I do like about this cold and often dreary season in Ohio.
Photo Essay: The few things I like about Winter in Ohio
(Christmas lights, fluffy white snow, pie, and reuniting with my snowboard.)
Downtown there is a new (at least, new to me) green space called the Columbus Commons. They decorate a huge Christmas tree and string lights around all the other trees. It always made me smile to pass this area.
Ah, the few blue sky and big sun days of Winter.
You know I love to bake Christmas gifts.
Another thing I learned to bake this year is my grandma’s famous banana cream pie.
We don’t get a lot of snow in Columbus, but we have had three good snows where several inches accumulated. (Yes, the city practically shut down). It was very pretty to look at… before the automobiles ruined it by turned it into dirty black packed ice.
I was thrilled to take out my snowboard again.
As you can tell by the laughable size of the hill behind me, I am still in Ohio and not skiing in actual mountains. It’s better than nothing.