A long, cold winter

| January 27, 2011

GirlswintercoatsAll of us are not winter enthusiasts, people who live for the snow and cold weather. If you’re an avid outdoorsman, you know that outdoor physical activity can dramatically decrease in the colder months.

When the sky is gray for weeks on end, this can result in low spirits, changes in mood and behavior, feelings of exhaustion and depression from the lack of sunlight. As daylight starts to diminish way too early, many of us suffer from the winter blues.

Setting my alarm early in the hope of getting up to do my morning run in the park is as likely as hitting the Powerball. When it’s dark outside and the roads are slippery and the cold seeps down to my bones, it seems more logical to hit the snooze button.

It is our nature to hunker down and hibernate while Jack Frost is in town. Between the freezing temperatures and early darkness, it is extremely easy for the entire family to slip into a more sedentary mode. This is also the time when my children are destroying the house and driving me crazy – the wet clothes from sledding scattered everywhere.

Girl SnowboardingWhen the novelty of snow wears off, parents know that keeping kids active can take some real creativity. When the kids are getting sucked into hours of video games and television, this is when it’s a challenge for me to keep my sanity.

The anticipation of Groundhog Day lingers on my mind. In Punxsutawney, Pa., the world’s most famous groundhog will soon signal our weather’s fate for the next six weeks.

When the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, this already long winter will most likely hang around for weeks to come.,  I’m not sure whether I fully believe in this bucktooth rodent folklore, but it can mess with my psyche if the groundhog does indeed see his shadow.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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