I was getting ready for winter as early as September last year.
- Because six months prior to that, we were experiencing record lows and hectic conditions outdoors.
I was snowed in at my house several times and nearly ran out of firewood at one point. That’s why I started chopping wood in September for this past winter season. I expected another onslaught with power outages and dangerous roadways. Weekends were spent piling chopped firewood in my garage. By the time I was finished, I had two entire cords of chopped wood. After that chore was completed, I serviced my large snow blower. Sometimes shoveling a driveway by hand is an efficient use of time. It’s like mowing a huge lawn with a weedwacker. But if you don’t keep your snow blower serviced, you’ll find one day that it won’t start no matter what you do. Despite all of my preparations for this year’s winter season, few of them were necessary. It seems like we were spared this time around, facing a winter that was one of the mildest in recent years. Sure, we were hit by two intense winter storms in January and February, but the length of the season was fairly short. We’re seeing the first days of spring in a time when we are usually dealing with heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures. All of the snow has melted and I’m starting to see my grass and my plants come back to life. Whatever firewood I didn’t use can be saved for next year. I’m just happy that I didn’t freeze so much during the past six months. Regardless of how things played out, I’m happy that I was responsible enough to prepare for the worst.