A great many complain about the weather but no one has ever done anything about it.
How often have I heard, “I can’t believe how cold it is in July” or “Have you ever seen it this hot in December”? Well to be honest, yes. I’ve lived in the sweet country foothills in Virginia most of my life. I grew up here and after a short stint in the army (my personal hero served) we moved back here. We, actually live 3 miles from the home I grew up in. Our home is the house my Personal Hero lived in from age 13 until after we were married. We bought this house from my in-laws 28 years ago.
Weather in Virginia is only predictable because of its unpredictability. We have four definite seasons; and several false seasons. Let’s start with the four most people are aware of winter, spring, summer and fall.
I’ll start with winter because when January our first month starts it’s already winter; usually cold, wet and dark. Most of January and February are this way. March starts out just as dreary. But usually turns a wee bit warmer and windy. April and May are full of new life, things blooming and budding. Spring officially starts in March and goes through late June. June and July are pretty warm and around rolls August and September who are as hot as a blue wool blazer in a sauna. October can be pretty warm but starting to be cooler especially at night and November and December are usually quite pleasant for cool months. Fall starts on the calendar in late October and winter in late December.
So you can kinda see by my vague description that our seasons are set but tend to run together. In late winter around here most folks get cabin fever. If you aren’t from around here you may not realize cabin fever is a true and real thing. No we aren’t wanting a vacation in Pigeon Forge at one of those cool mountain cabins. (Although they are nice). What’s happening is we are so tired of looking at the same four walls and not being able to leave the house for fear of catching something (flu or some stomach bug). When a warm day finally arrives we head outside to “prep” the land for planting the garden; which won’t happen for several more weeks, because of an ice storm or surprise snow storm. But when it finally warms up we head out with our seeds and starts and sets to be the first one to get our garden in the ground. This is when a lot of eager folks get let down, wasted work. The spring rains start and the seeds rot or an unexpected freeze kills the seedlings and we must start again. Even old timers are guilty of being too eager in the spring.
But summer is coming and the weeds are growing so we must push on. Finally our gardens are looking like real gardens and our children are finishing school for the year. To the lake we go swimming, skiing and camping; cook outs and all sorts of outdoor activities are in full swing. Baseball anyone? It’s big around here. Everybody has a family member who plays ball.
Before you know it summers almost over and school starts back but it’s still as hot as that blue wool blazer in the sauna. We do alright though with after school lake dips and homemade ice cream on the porch. Fall arrives only announced by the beautiful foliage and the cooler nights. Bonfires and craft fairs tend to be the norm.
Craft fairs means Christmas is on the way and it always arrives much faster than any other holiday. Just days before Christmas the season on the calendar says it’s winter. But if you check outside it may be in the 70’s or in the 30’s. Everyone dreams of a white Christmas. In my 53 years on earth I’ve had about as many Christmases with snow or ice as I have without. And without could mean I really want to put on shorts because it’s too darn hot for December.
I’ll gladly take our unpredictable predictable weather over any other choice. The flowers in spring and the hot sun in summer, along with the leaves changing color in the fall which lead into a snow and ice covered winter. What more could any country woman ask for; four whole seasons to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I know that I can handle each season as it comes because I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. He gives me the strength to handle the chores, chaos and beauty that comes with each season.
I’m Susan and this is Sweet Country Living. Come back soon and often, you never know what the season I’m in will have me doing. Come see for yourself.