Snow, snow, go away! Come again another day (like... for Christmas time.)
Well as I’m sure everyone and their mother knows already, the snow has started in North Dakota. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the weather, but I can’t say its entirely bad, which is surprising. Around this time back home, I get to still go to cider mills, which I should stop right now and clarify since there don’t seem to be any of those around here – it’s basically like an apple orchard, where they serve cider, donuts, honey, pies and trinkets. The difference between a cider mill and an apple orchard is that the cider mill has an actual cider press inside where you can watch it being made – it’s awesome and smells wonderful all the time. But nobody ever knows what I’m talking about here when I mention my love for them.
Anyway, that’s what I would normally be doing around this time – going to a cider mill, tasting the delectable treats of fall and making a special walk over to the petting farm to see cows, donkeys, piglets, chickens and goats. I would also be sitting on my porch with a hot cup of coffee admiring the variety of reds, yellows and oranges in the foliage. I might even stop by a store in search of outrageous autumn decorations, and even some spooky ones for the upcoming holiday.
Sure, Michigan gets cold. It gets pretty unbearable, even. And sure by the end of October, we’ll receive a few inches of snow, but not in the first four days. Fall only officially started less than two weeks ago, and we didn’t even have time to enjoy it. What a shame.
Now, instead of cider mills – I’ll be going to a car dealership to get an engine block heater installed for my Jeep. Now, instead of seeing beautiful fall colors, I’ll be blinded from the white snow covering my windshield in the mornings on the way to work, impatiently waiting for it to melt. Now, instead of heading to the store in search of decorations, I’ll be looking for a snow shovel.
However, despite the monkey wrench being thrown into my festive fall plans, I’ve already embraced the idea of snow and I’m actually getting kind of excited about it. I’ve always loved the first snow fall of the season – it’s just so much prettier that first time than when you’ve been seeing it for months upon months. There’s something delightful and charming about driving in the mornings and seeing it glisten in the sun. Although I don’t think my cheery attitude about the snow will last very long, it will be a nice change. For a day or two.
Willey is a reporter for the Williston Herald. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 572-2165.