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Blasts from the North Unappealing

October is greeted with a welcome sigh By those who love the cooler seasons, But many of us dread her temperament And, we all have our personal reasons. I, for one, revel in the warmth of spring Long for the greening of May and June, Anticipating the activities of summertime During these months I sing a brighter tune. I must admit I enjoy the holiday festivities From Halloween fun to Christmas cheer, But blasts from the north are unappealing Leading to January and a brand-new year. I’ll do my very best not to grouse and carp As the mild temps plunge into low zeroes, And I’ll try to be cheerful, raising a glass To 2022’s victories, records, and heroes. But I’ll not be convinced winter is terrific While I am here shivering and shaking, [Probably I’m suffering from another flu] – When I say I have S.A.D., I’m not faking, Enjoy your outings to the ski resorts, too, But remember me here turning all blue!
Writing September 30, 2022

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Date: 10/4/2022 9:22:00 AM
This is why autumn thrills me "I must admit I enjoy the holiday festivities From Halloween fun to Christmas cheer,"
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/4/2022 11:04:00 AM
Well, the holidays make the unbearable miserableness of cold weather bearable for me, Caren. I only dislike Autumn because it is the harbinger of winter. Spring, however, brings me warm feelings about the warm days ahead.
Date: 10/1/2022 11:01:00 AM
LOL. When I lived in Colorado, I said I loved the wintertime, when I could afford the toys to enjoy it. Being a native Texas however, our winters are mild compared to that, and suit me just fine.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 11:25:00 AM
I suppose winter is not so terrible if one is equipped with everything to handle it.
Date: 10/1/2022 10:00:00 AM
Well, L M, after seeing what Hurrican Ian is doing to Florida, I don't think I'll be doing too much complaining about the weather here in the Ozarks. Maybe you can raise more than "a glass" to help you feel better...and warmer...
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 11:26:00 AM
Let's certainly hope so, Jim. The Ozarks is gorgeous this time of the year.
Date: 10/1/2022 9:37:00 AM
Yes, I would think the winters up north would be very bad for several reasons such as having to clean away snow, being really cold when one has to go outside, etc. The south is much better when it comes to winter most of the time but summers here are really hard. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my page. Sara
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 11:27:00 AM
Well, thank you, Sara, for writing things I enjoy reading. Also, thanks for commenting on my poems!
Date: 10/1/2022 5:46:00 AM
Milt, a beautiful and delightful well done poem. I enjoyed it a lot. However, as a Canadian winter child, I love WINTER. I was born in a snow storm and will forever have an affinity with snowflakes that come drifting down. I will be enjoying the crisp air and the beautiful snowy scenes. But, will be thinking of you shivering and turning blue. Until then enjoying the colors of Autumn, Constance
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 8:29:00 AM
(laughing) Thanks so much, Constance, for your sweet comment on my poem. I go through these blahs about winter coming every October! I can imagine that you, up in Canada, are much more able to cope and are used to the special features of winter time. We do not have the "beautiful snowy scenes" you have. The first day is nice, but then it becomes muddy slosh! (Ugh!) Looking forward to working on something for your latest contest.
Date: 9/30/2022 4:20:00 PM
I’m with you all the way, Milt, and I’m only 21 (and a bit, well, quite a bit!). Good September see off. Terry
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 8:30:00 AM
Thanks, Terry. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm going to try my best not to "grouse and carp" this who winter season.
Date: 9/30/2022 3:13:00 PM
California has its myriad downfalls, but that is not on the list... just sayin' I'm not brave enough to live in the cold weather, even though my favorite color is blue! :-) Becky
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 8:31:00 AM
Becky, I'll envy your wonderful winter days in sunny California.
Date: 9/30/2022 3:06:00 PM
Yes, indeed. That cold goes right through me now. I imagine that it's worse by you. Hopes for a relatively warm winter, Milt.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 8:32:00 AM
Oh, from what I hear, Chicago is miserable in the winter time with the wind and snow blowing off the lakes. I'm hopeful, but I'm getting reports from my farmer friends that winter is supposed to be rugged this year.
Date: 9/30/2022 3:01:00 PM
Milton I remember one year I was coming home from work in the morning I worked the evening shift. The main roads were semi clear when I got to my road there was approximately 4ft of snow. I could not go down my street. I parked the car in a church parking lot and struggled to walk a hundred yards to get to my house. Some drift spots were as high as five ft high. It took me six hours to clear my driveway with a shovel and a snow machine rider. We all chipped in and clean all our neighbors
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/1/2022 8:33:00 AM
Wow! You folks way up north really know how to deal with it. I recall some times like this when I was a child, because we got lots of snow up in the mountains of West Virginia. I can remember my father having to dig a tunnel for us to get to the outdoor privy!
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michael tor
Date: 9/30/2022 3:05:00 PM
driveways. It was unbelievable... You really have to stay on top of it every foot you clear right away. Unfortunately this accumulated over night and I was at work... When they call for a lot of snow your out there taking down a foot at a time. Here when we have a snow emergency they shut down the schools and most public events. You can't park in the town or city they will tow your vehichle away if you do, they need to plow the streets and the cars are in the way...