We had a relatively cool summer down in Georgia, to my thinking. I made a couple of forays into WV during the summer, and was downright cold to me a couple times. That's one reason I spend some time up there in the summer; to get some relief from the heat. However; cold was the primary reasoning for returning to the Homeland.
I did acquire skills there that have held me in good stead through the years; wood gathering, chainsaw cussing', the joys of PVC plumbing, the need for 4 wheel drive, and mandolin playing on cold, nasty, days and nights when the world creaks and groans and shrinks up into a lifeless little ball...like the sun. Ugly.
If you own a fireplace, wood stove, and a chainsaw, I would suggest you get started on a wood pile. I got a feeling we're gonna' need a bigger pile of wood than last year. I used every stick I had last year, and had to buy some. It's cheaper and lasts longer than the alternatives:, but I do not like to buy it. It hurts my soul, and my pocketbook.
I haven't consulted the other weather pundit in town. He has never experienced winter, just a cold snap or two.
Here's my prediction:
If you like attending cold, windy, wet football games in November, I think you'll get your wish. I ain't saying who's gonna' win. That'll be the team best prepared for cold weather, and the fans who dress for the occasion.
I hope I'm in front of a nice wood stove and a full wood shed playing a little music, as my buddy Ralph Roberts will be. Here he is portrayed in Lisa Elmaleh's Tintype in front of his woodpile. I think Ralph is 83, and he cut and piled "ever stick of it, and fought bears for it, too".
That's a cold winter prediction when you have to fight bears for firewood. Maybe Ralph and I will get a tune or two this winter He'll have to come South, though. I'm dug in for the winter, and it ain't even fall good.
|Ralph Roberts, Herrold, WV|
tintype by Lisa Elmaleh
A West Virginian at heart.