Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cheer up, New England

During these snowy days, keep the following in mind.

A. We have time to savor the Patriots' Superbowl victory.

B. We will have great stories to tell of this massive record-setting snowy period.

C. The three months that we consider to be winter: December, January, and February are almost over. We are more than two-thirds of the way through those months. We will get outside soon. The days off provide us with the time to catch up on those projects we've delayed.

D. February is more than one-third of the way over and it is the shortest month.

E. Look ahead to Valentine's Day to lift your spirits.

F. Go to the movies because the Oscars are in a couple of weeks.

G. Ash Wednesday is next week so we'll focus upon the ways we need to change rather than being preoccupied with the snow.

H. The snow days mean that illnesses like the flu won't be spread. Also, school vacation week begins in next week. This was originally designed to curb the spread of the cold and flu.

I. St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner.

J. SunriseSunset.com tells us that the sun rises at 6:48 a.m. and sets at 5:09 p.m. That means it is still light around 5:30 p.m. The increased daylight gives great hope. From the darkest day of the year - December 14 until today, we have gained 74 minutes of daylight, One hour and fourteen minutes of daylight, and the rate of increased daylight will accelerate quicker at this time of year.

K. We advance the clocks forward in one month.

L. On this date in 1967, the Beatles wrote "A Day in the Life." February is the month they landed in the U.S.

M. The cold that settles in for the next few days is actually good. It means the meltdown will be slower and sustained. Fewer roof collapses and flooded basements result from a sustained diminishment of snow. Also, less permafrost will occur on the soil as the snow acts as an insulator.

In other words, this will soon be a distant memory. Use it as a nice time to help your neighbor. Be safe when shoveling and be of good cheer. We'll get through this.


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