February is history and March is arriving

By BARB LUMLEY Columnist Published:

As we come to the end of February one thing is certain, our weather has been consistent. It has given us cold, snow, rain, ice, wind, dark dreary days and just a hint of sunshine. In fact, just enough sunshine to remind me that the windows need washed, I missed some dust when I cleaned, and there is a cobweb in the corner of the living room!

February brings on numerous attacks of "cabin fever." You long for a warm day when you can take a long, comfortable walk outside, breathe in that fresh clean air and feel the sunshine on your bones. Instead you don your warmest sweatpants, pull a sweater over your shirt, add a vest, put on a heavy coat, wrap a scarf around your neck, pull a toboggan down over your ears so that only your eyes are left uncovered, step into your warm boots, add gloves, and plod through the snow to the mailbox to be rewarded with only bills and useless advertisements!

If you are a TV watcher, February is definitely one of the worst months for watching. Football is done, the Super Bowl is over, golf is dull, and the majority of the evening shows are re-runs. The news reports are either depressing, disgusting, or they can only concentrate on Prince William and Kate's baby, movie stars, or the Oscar nominations. Hours and hours of TV time were devoted to what the stars were wearing at the Oscars and who designed it. The competition seemed to me to be about who could make the dress that revealed the most and would cover the least! At last the Oscars have been awarded and the news people can look for the next big news item that has absolutely nothing to do with what goes on in the real world. Of course, we always have the re-runs of Judge Judy three times a day!

February has been a good month for reading. A favorite author of mine is the late Catherine Cookson, an English author. I have several novels that I purchased years ago and that have been sitting on the shelf. I decided it was time to re-read them. Her tales are of the early years in England, the 1800s and 1900s. Many of her stories are about the families and the children who worked in the coal mines during those years. My ancestors on my mother's side came from England and worked in those mines, so her stories are very appealing to me. Every month the mail brings me an assortment of magazines to read and enjoy and, of course, my favorites are the ones with dairy cows in them! We are so fortunate to have so much reading material and books of all kinds available to us. Reading can transport you to many places, teach you about so many things, and help to brighten those dark dreary days.

March will be coming in either like a lion or a lamb. Either way we will have to deal with the weather it brings us. Everyone is hoping for some good warm days to dry up the mud and to warm up Mother Earth in preparation for the seeds everyone will be anxious to start planting. Spring is definitely on the way, a friend told me he saw a robin last week. I wonder if he brought a blanket with him for his nest!

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