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Working the Weather Window

It's less than one week before Christmas..but you wouldn't know it by stepping outside. As I write this it must be close to seventy degrees out. For the Northern newcomers this weather might seem a bit off. But I can remember more than one Christmas Eve past when I was outside in shorts and a t-shirt. I'll take this sort of weather pattern any time. It does, however, create some conflict around the holidays. There are of course, certain expectations that need to be met during Christmas and New Year's. There are presents to wrap, parties to host, services to attend, and relatives to entertain. But what about the weather? If you live in colder climates, meeting these obligations is easier. Not necessarily more pleasant, but..if it's cold and nasty outside, staying inside to sip hot chocolate and sample fruitcake is not so bad. However with warm temps at the end of December, you now have both a problem and an opportunity. The problem is, how do you get out and enjoy the unseasonable temps with all the holiday hoopla to attend to. You have to create the opportunity to get outside. How you do that is dependent on your circumstances and creativity. If you are fortunate to have lot's of relatives either visiting or living nearby, it might be challenging to break away. However, if you lead the charge and organize a hike or paddle, you might get at least some of the cohort on board. Some may want to sit around, eat fruit cake and watch football. But did you really want to hang out them anyway? So go ahead, give yourself, and maybe some others an excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather. Put down that left over drumstick and pick up a paddle. Limit the screen time and maximize the outdoor time. And that reminds me, why am I sitting at this computer right now when I could be out walking the dog?! Happy holidays! I'm out of here!

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Osprey are frequently sighted in Southeastern, North Carolina. Commonly known as the sea hawk, these birds of prey are gray and white in coloration and sometimes mistaken for Bald Eagles. In ...

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