It's time again for my annual declaration: I hate winter.
OK, so lately it's more like a daily declaration, especially with last weekend's cold temperatures. As I write this, I'm actually mostly warm and comfortable in my office, except that my feet are freezing. And they've been freezing for approximately six weeks.
When I moved to Carroll County about 18 months ago, I knew that the weather would be a little cooler here. In fact, I was looking forward to the cooler summers and I have certainly enjoyed that. But I think perhaps I underestimated the difference I would experience in the winter.
It's a lot colder here than it is in central Arkansas, or at least it seems that way to me. Maybe that's my mind playing tricks on me as I get older, but the Northwest Arkansas cold seems to be a whole different animal.
I don't recall too many times where the temperature dipped below 20 degrees in central Arkansas, but it seems as if it happens fairly frequently here. And it doesn't help that the thieves who made off with my 50-inch television a couple of weekends ago also helped themselves to my favorite winter coat. I hope they are nice and warm and pleased with themselves.
I know, I should be counting my blessings that we haven't had to deal with any real winter precipitation so far this year. And the truth is, we've had some very mild days. Friday's high was somewhere around 60 degrees and the sun was shining -- perfect weather for a trip to watch the elk in the Boxley Valley. You can't do that in central Arkansas.
Even though I'm glad it hasn't happened so far, however, I'm quite certain that we won't make it through this winter unscathed. We will have a big snow, or multiple big snows, before it's over.
And I'm sure we will continue to get plenty of rain -- although hopefully not on the scale of the storms we experienced the weekend after Christmas. I can still remember last winter, when even on the days when the thermometer did top 40 degrees it seemed to be perpetually gray and pouring rain.
Forgive me for sounding like a bit of a downer. I'm not myself when I'm freezing.
Of course, spring will be here eventually. And then I'll remember how much I love the natural beauty of Carroll County.
And maybe by then, my feet will have thawed out.
Until then, I'm going to take the advice of some friends and go buy myself some nice wool socks.
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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.