Watching all of those Discovery Channel shows about families living in Alaska, you always hear them talking about how they’re getting ready for winter. On the first day of spring they’re already getting ready for the next winter. Stocking up on firewood. Getting enough elk meat.
Coming from the NYC area where we actually had a fall season, we eased into winter. Not so in Maine. I now ‘get’ what they say in Alaska. For example, a couple of weekends ago it was 86 degrees. We even had the A/C on due to the humidity. Last weekend, Saturday’s high was 62 with a low in the low 50’s. This morning I woke up to 39 degrees. What happened to a month of comfortable low 70’s?
Two weekends ago, I pondered cleaning out the garage. But with 86 degrees of high humidity I passed. I would just clean it out ‘next weekend’ when it was a little cooler. Well, I got the cool. But now I’ll need to wear a light jacket when I do it.
It’s not like I didn’t know it would be like this. Every year the same thing happens. When I finally get around to cleaning the garage, or doing summer end yard work, we get hit with a few days a super highs and I put it off until the next weekend. And the next weekend: it’s freezing.
I now understand what they’re saying in Alaska.
If this is your first year living in Maine, heed this warning: mark your calendar to get all outdoor work completed by the end of August, regardless of the heat. Winter is coming, and it’ll be here sooner than you could ever imagine.