Weathering In Like a Lion, Out Like an Indecisive Lamb

Are you tiring of indecisive weather? I used to think that a breed of non-committal men were a challenge; now I believe that periods of fickle temperatures are just as exasperating. When I describe the seasons in Alaska to my friends in the lower 48, I tell them that they are “before Winter“, “Winter”, “break-up” and “construction“. They laugh a little, then tease me about the wonderful warmth that they are experiencing in their climates.

However, where I live in the Matanuska-Sustina Valley about an hour away from Anchorage, I have experienced a seasonal tapestry of indecisiveness every ten days: winter/breakup/spring, winter/breakup/spring.  A layering of three inches of snow has often been followed with unusual warming for a week. A tease of spring tricks the senses lion and lamb pictureas premature buds decide to flirt with eager expectations.

However, the joke is on us as our cars swerve on black ice.

Perhaps it is time for a vacation to get away from it all. Maybe I will visit my friends back in Colorado, or family in Florida.  I ponder the weather of my state of residence and experience a bit of weather envy of other locations. I realize that no place is perfect, especially when it comes to weather.

Wherever I go, I will have to call a truce with the weather’s tempestuous mood swings. I’ll just have to make sure that I am not traveling during a hurricane, tornado, tsunami, blizzard, earthquake, hailstorm, windstorm, lightening, flood, summer fire or scorching heat wave. Oh – I forgot about hot-flashes.  Guess I can’t win!

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