Senior Spotlight: Warm winter days |

Senior Spotlight: Warm winter days

Mary Jo Brown
Mary Jo Brown

The first of the year is a time when I try to pay my bills and get other business taken care of as early as possible so that I have time to double check what I have done in case I mess up and put the wrong date on the checks or correspondence. Getting used to putting 2015 instead of 2014 has made some days a little more aggravating at times, but I think by the end of the month I should be alright. Until then, I will continue to double check things before I mail them out.

Now a days, it seems more important than ever for me to write what I need to do down in a planner or have done, like what medicines I have taken and when. I use a calendar as a planner, and fortunately I have several new ones to choose from thanks to the businesses that give them away. It seems that I am not as organized as usual since there are several appointments and notes that were not in my new planner, and I kept reaching for last year’s by mistake.

As I took a few moments to look through the calendar it occurred to me that January is really going strong and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It doesn’t seem like January, as the weather is very mild for this area with the highs in the upper 40s. I’m not complaining but there is a definite difference in this January compared to those bitter cold, snowy ones I remember when my kids were growing up. A friend of mine from Kansas called me, telling me about how cold it had been there, to which I told her she should come back to Colorado because we were having a heat wave.

The way I figure it, we had better enjoy the warm sunny days since we still have several months of winter left and they can all be cold and snowy. Fortunately, we live in an area that is well prepared, with snowplows and other equipment, for whatever winter may throw at us. My great-granddaughter, Sarah, moved from Colorado to Alabama several years ago and is still amused that school is called off when they have what she calls a “skiff” of snow.

Having been raised in Colorado, she finds that she still misses the snow, though I think she may have forgotten some of the less pleasant things that go along with it such as slush, shoveling and negative double digit cold. Some of it also may be that children see winter in a different light than adults do, especially adults that have to work outside during the winter. If you are a person that doesn’t engage in winter sports this time of year, it may seem more like a trial than a treat. It is up to us to make the most of our days, appreciate what we have and just remember every day that goes by puts us one day closer to spring.

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