Current Time:  3:07 PM

Current Temperature:  30* F

Current Weather:  Snowing

Sunrise:7:46 AM   Sunset: 6:20 PM

Daylight Hours: 10 hours, 34 minutes (+6m 45s)
Walk outside Alaska

This time of year, I crave being outside.  I try to get outside for a walk when it’s above 10* which helps, but I sit and daydream about the grass being green and about going outside without boots and a coat on.  BFF Amy once said that she is a plant.  That’s how I feel.  I need light and lots of fresh air or I start to wither and die.  This time of year is hard because everyone else is starting to post their spring pictures and I know we still have 2 good months of winter left.  It makes me nuts to see people on T.V. swimming, camping, or even just walking down the street with the sun shining, no snow on the ground and the grass beautiful and green.  I think all pictures of people outside in warm climates should be totally banned from facebook and instagram from now through the end of April.  It is a slow painful torture seeing those pictures for those of us still suffering from winter.

This time of year the weather is fickle.  It’s 30* above right now and in 5 days it is supposed to back down to 30* below zero.  That’s a 60 degree difference.   Last week, it was so warm we had rain, but as soon as it hit the ground it froze and the world became a giant ice skating rink.  Driving was extremely dangerous and church was canceled on Sunday and school was canceled on Monday.   It’s funny that school doesn’t get canceled for 40*below, but if it warms up to 40 above everything turns to a sheet of ice and activities are canceled.

I can tell that the days are getting longer, though.   When I dropped Hannah off at her gymnastics class the other night at 6:00 it was still light outside.  It was awesome!  At least that’s a sure sign that things are moving in the right direction.  We are on the downhill side of winter, hopefully, with spring in view.  Here’s to hoping we have an early, wonderfully warm spring.


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