The First Flurries of This Winter

There is something sad and fleeting about seeing the first snow flurries of the season.

It doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar, it is a sign from Mother Nature of what is to come. The cold days and long nights are here for a while and right around the corner the snow will be measured by the foot all too soon. In other words:

Winter.

We all know even though Winter does not officially come until late December, that the first flurries tell us a different story when they come in October. Winter in my world starts on the day of those first flurries.

Those flurries also tell me that whatever outside chores that I have been procrastinating about doing, that I had better get my arse in gear and get them done. Although this year we have gotten ahead of the Winter curve and only have a couple of things left todo.

Our forecast is to get a couple of inches on Friday, so today’s flurry activity is a harbinger of things to come.

A doe walking through the yard this morning

While the first snow flurry may not mean much to most people, this is the day that for me winter starts.

I have a feeling that Winter will be a long six months, maybe more — before it ends.

How about you, what tells you when winter starts?

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