It's that time of year when the patio set is taken into storage for the winter. Soon there will be nothing remaining out back except Pergolas and bare patio stones. Even the barbecue will disappear until spring.
That also means that the garage will have to hold all of the patio
stuff - making it even more crowded that it already is. I guess that's
all just part of the price we pay for living in a colder climate here in
As adults, we don't usually like to see winter and snow approaching
with all that that means - including shoveling driveways, navigating
snowy and icy road conditions and scraping frozen windshields. But,
it's good to remember that not everyone dreads winter. I was almost
surprised when I asked my daughter and she told me she could barely wait
for winter and the snow. To be young again.
It's a little bit sad to have to give in to the relentless advancing
darkness and cold of fall and later winter. It does help to remember
that there is another spring and summer waiting on the other side of
winter though. And maybe we could all use some childlike appreciation
for tobaggans (or sleds for those who are unfamiliar with that term),
skates and snow forts while we wait for spring.