Maggie Robinson

Feb 29
The Winter of My Discontent

This winter seems endless. We have snow on top of ice on top of snow on top of ice. Every time we get sand dumped on our driveway, it costs $50. I’ve hardly left the house except to go to work. Just walking to the car is perilous, and even with 4-wheel drive, I’m slip-sliding away. I’ve had so many snow days off from school that I’ll be going until July. Plus, I don’t get paid for them, only when they’re made up. So June looks flush, but January and February have been frugal.

You’re reading this, bored out of your mind. It’s like the weather conversations in a romance novel, the protagonists killing time before they kiss. And how, you are asking yourself, is she going to tie this to writing?

I’m big on turning negatives into positives. My hermit-like existence has been good for my writing. This enforced indoor seclusion has made revising Waking Beauty less avoidable. It should be finished this weekend. But what will I do when the mountains of snow disappear and the robins are bobbin’ on the lawn? I may be tempted to stop typing.

Are you more productive in winter, cocooning at home? Want to complain about anything? Grumble away.

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” ~Robert Byrne

17 comments to “The Winter of My Discontent”

  1. irisheyes
     · February 29th, 2008 at 9:43 am · Link

    I got up this morning to let the dogs out and there was another 2 inches of snow on the ground! I let them out, sat down at the kitchen table and started sobbing. That’s how my DH found me this morning on his way out to work.

    I am so over this stinking winter. I feel like it has sucked all the life out of me. I get absolutely nothing done in this type of weather. Being stuck inside and cold 90% of the time just makes me want to crawl into bed an stay there. I haven’t written in weeks. All I can seem to focus on is sun and warmth.

    So, even though the nicer weather takes me out and away from the computer, it also puts me in a better frame of mind.

  2. BernardL
     · February 29th, 2008 at 10:08 am · Link

    We don’t have winter out here in California; and after growing up in Ohio, I don’t miss it at all. I listen to people back in Ohio telling me how wonderful the fall and spring are with all the pretty colors. It makes me miss them so much… not! 🙂

  3. terrio
     · February 29th, 2008 at 10:11 am · Link

    This is where I have to be very careful or I could get lynched. I am lucky enough (and I’d like to think smart enough *g*) to live where we don’t get much winter. It’s a little cold sometimes, it’s not Florida after all, but just below the freezing mark is as bad as we’ve had. No snow. No ice.

    But for me it’s the early sunsets. I need more sunshine as in longer days. I have no idea if that would actually make me write more but I’m willing to delude myself and say it will.

  4. Janga
     · February 29th, 2008 at 2:16 pm · Link

    I don’t know, Terri. I’m further south than you are, and we had a two-day snow here for the first time within my memory. And it was 18 degrees one morning this week. These details describe a mild winter from our northern friends’ perspectives, but it has been too cold for my Southern blood. It has been strange though with 70+ temps one day and below-freezing temps the next.

    We do have the promise of sunshine and 60s this weekend, however, and the daffodils and fruit trees are blooming. We have cooked out twice this month. Spring has one foot in the door.

  5. terrio
     · February 29th, 2008 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Janga – I don’t know what it is but here in this farthest southeast corner of Virginia, we just don’t get anything. Richmond (90 mins away) can get snow and we get nada.

    And the couple of winters I’ve been here it would get cold for at least 6 weeks from Jan to Feb but not this year. Like you it’s 70 one day and 43 the next. Very strange. We even hit 82 a couple weeks ago.

  6. Maggie Robinson
     · February 29th, 2008 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Irish, I will be sobbing tomorrow. They predict 18 inches of snow here this weekend!!! On top of at least five feet of plowed snow piles.

    Terri, I lived in VA for four years. I remember sliding down a snow-covered hill on a dining hall tray (we lived at a private school—Christchurch, which is not too far from you on the Middle Peninsula), but mostly it was mild. I am so thrilled to be driving home in daylight now.

    Janga, just the thought of green and buds is so tempting…we have miles of nothing but white. My bulbs are well-insulated.

    Bernard, I don’t think I’m moving to California, but Florida looks more tempting all the time. The ideal would be to stay in Maine from spring (otherwise known as mudseason here) through Christmas, then winter elsewhere. I’m getting too old for this crap!

  7. Tiffany Kenzie
     · February 29th, 2008 at 6:11 pm · Link

    I basically am a hermit all year round. I don’t like socializing… not even with family… sad but true. therefore I should be productive all year round.

    And it is too much snow and ice. We Torontonian’s are wusses… we NEVER see this much snow, AND we truck it out of the city once it has fallen! And we salt our roads, which ruins countless shoes, and rusts the cars!

  8. terrio
     · February 29th, 2008 at 10:02 pm · Link

    The town my parents live in back in Ohio actually closed the roads one day last week because they just ran out of salt. They had to *borrow* some from the next town over. LOL! I’d sure hate to see what it looked like when they gave it back.

    I don’t miss snow AT ALL.

  9. Gillian Layne
     · February 29th, 2008 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I know your winter has been unreal; Hubby calls from Vermont every day with another flippin’ weather report…

    Our winter has been dreadful, but it’s the ice that’s wiped out everyone here this year. No snow, but four major ice storms. The clean up from the fallen trees and limbs will take until this summer. Our towns looked like a war zone for over a month.

    And the one week it got warm–two stinkin’ tornadoes blew through. In April we can handle it, but February?

    It had better be one beautiful summer…..

  10. Maggie Robinson
     · March 1st, 2008 at 9:22 am · Link

    Tiff, I’m becoming a bit of a hermit, too. I’m lucky I can send my husband out for provisions while I stay in my jammies writing. We save $ that way too. I am known to go to the store for one thing and come back with 20.

    Gillian, I think we’ve had 22 snowstorms this year so far, 6 snow days and I can’t remember how many delayed openings to school. Vermont is probably even worse. It was so icy on my driveway a month or so ago I actually couldn’t get out—I slid backwards and expected to wind up in the woods! And we had a major ice storm some years back—power was out for weeks in some places. Please, not again.

    Terri, most towns here have public sand/salt piles, but they’re barring the public now because there’s such a shortage. Isn’t it fun to bitch about the weather? Maybe those English people were on to something.

  11. Elyssa Papa
     · March 1st, 2008 at 12:53 pm · Link

    We got loaded with snow, too. Grrr. Hate it, especially when it comes on a weekend. I so would have had a snow day today. But I get paid for them, so it makes them that much nicer. LOL

    I’m becoming a hermit, too… it’s a good thing I work or I’d become like J.D. Salinger or something.

  12. Marnee Jo
     · March 1st, 2008 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I agree about the endless winter! I’m sick of the cold and sick of being cooped up with a grouchy one year old!

    So glad that Waking Beauty is going well!! 🙂

  13. Keira Soleore
     · March 2nd, 2008 at 12:18 am · Link

    Maggie, you go tell your Robert Byrne that a cold, stiff will do the trick.

    I’m not going to write about our Seattle February weather, because you all will get a deep urge to rush over her to brain me.

    Yep, it has been that good. 🙂

  14. beverley
     · March 2nd, 2008 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I have to say I haven’t been as productive as I would like to be. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that my son is coming home now at 2:30 instead of 5:30. I’ve started the last book of my 3 book series and am still revising the 2nd. I’m hoping to have the 2nd completely polished by the end of March (or sooner).
    I must say the weather down here is good. Today it was 70. I’m saying hello to spring, and I’m ready for it.

  15. Maggie Robinson
     · March 2nd, 2008 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Hi, Beverley! Great that you’re working on the third, and smart too. Trilogies are “in.” 70 degrees, huh. I think I hate you. And Keira, too, for good weather. JK. You guys obviously know where to live!

    Marnee, my husband’s the grouchy one. He had to sweep off the cars this morning and shovel out a path…he’s getting mighty sick of that.

  16. Maggie Robinson
     · March 2nd, 2008 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Ely, we’re due for more snow showers this week. We seem to get the same storm systems. My boss told me on Friday this is the first time we’ve worked a 5-day week in ages. No wonder we were wiped out!

  17. Santa
     · March 3rd, 2008 at 2:12 am · Link

    Not much snow here but tons of snow days and delays. Great for the kids – havoc for working parents. No one comes out anymore even if a rumor of snow starts to circulate.

    I, for one, am so glad to see the back of February!

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