July 1 and I don’t dread winter – milestone achieved!

I’m from Michigan. Winter is not new to me, and before I moved here it held no special dread. I knew before I moved here that high desert winters are cold, but I shrugged and said, “I’m from Michigan.” Which only goes to show that what you don’t know you don’t know can bite you hard.

Until I moved here I’d never wintered in one of these things before…

…without a working furnace. Watching how thick the ice from my breath can form on the inside of the windows. One winter I sometimes went a week at a time without ever taking off my heavy coat. Yeah, I grew up in Michigan – in a house in Michigan. With central heating, and actual insulation in the walls. Which were not made of tin.

That trailer got hot in the summer sun, but that didn’t bother me nearly as much as six months of sore fingers and toes. I spent five winters there – and for non-winter-related reasons I still have some affection for it. But I hated winter in the Interim Lair so much I grew to dread winter.

Then I got the Secret Lair nominally habitable, and to my dismay it wasn’t a big improvement at first and the problem of July 1 continued: The problem being that on July 1, the numerical mid-point of the year, I traditionally started dreading the return of winter! Seriously, I couldn’t enjoy my warm season for how much I hated the thought of returning to the cold season!

But the past three years have brought major incremental improvements to the cabin, to the point where it is now at long last much more house-like. And today, to my amused pleasure, I find that I can arrive at July 1 and just … enjoy that there’s still so much more summer left to enjoy. And when winter returns, unless it’s an unusually nasty one I’m more likely than not to kind of enjoy that, as well.

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6 Responses to July 1 and I don’t dread winter – milestone achieved!

  1. Mike says:

    For me it was not so much July first that brought on the dread of winter, it was the first sighting of the constellation Orion. When August would roll around I would find myself outside working at night and sure enough there, just before dawn on the horizon would be Orion. Seeing that group of stars would always remind me that another winter of outdoor cold and misery was coming.

    Well those days are gone. No more freezing in a trailer for you and no more patrols in the minus temperatures and the commuting in winter snow and ice storms for me. Now that winter for you and I aren’t as much of a bear, things are looking good.

  2. Susan Smith says:

    Very Well those days are gone.

  3. I can imagine you sitting in that cozy reading corner of your bedroom, drinking cocoa, reading a book and looking out the window at some beautiful snow. Enjoying yourself! What a concept.

  4. Mark Matis says:

    Now the next question will be:
    January 1, and you don’t dread summer?

  5. Joel says:

    😀 Hell, no. I like summer. If you don’t like to sweat you’ve got no business living in a desert.

  6. gail jones says:

    I LOVE summer. One thing I can say about winter though it is peaceful. People don’t tear down the street in cars or motorcycles or trucks. But the best one, power tools are frozen in the garage. No fool is out with a lawn mower, edger, trimmer, leaf blower. Kids screaming in swimming pools. It all just slows down to a pretty much abrupt halt.

To the stake with the heretic!