I know our winter hasn’t been as harsh as what many have experienced this year, but I’m tired of it. I’m not complaining. It is what it is. But I’m tired of it.
We usually get some cold weather and, most years, a bit of snow and ice, but we also usually have some pretty nice weather on a lot of Arkansas winter days. Most years, in fact, a lot of the grassy vegetation actually stays green and it’s warm enough that our electricity usage doesn’t rise too much above that of rest of the year.
Not this year, though.
It got cold in late November and has pretty much stayed cold ever since, cold enough that almost all of the vegetation is now brown. We really haven’t gotten any more snow and ice than normal. In fact, it’s been pretty dry this year and, with the dry vegetation, there have been more winter wildfires than normal.
We did have one ice storm in early December that resulted in extensive power outages in our area, including us. Fortunately, we had plenty of advanced warning and had the house connected to the camper generator so that we could power lights in a couple of rooms and a few electrical outlets. Power was out for us for about 10 hours or so. Some people on the local rural electric coop didn’t get power back for nearly a week.
We don’t use or fireplace much, even though it has an insert with a blower. It’s a backup heat source for us, in case we lose power or a problem with the heat pump. What firewood we have is reserved for those kind of emergencies.
Some people say that this winter is the way winter used to be. If so, winter used to really suck.
I hope this isn’t the so-called “new normal” for winter weather.