Feeling the chill in the air, the near frost at night, the darkening after dinner, the geese that yammer overhead, the typical North Country mind shifts into a sort of anxious overdrive. Last chance. Last chance to take the boat out, last chance for the garden, last hike in the High Peaks.
To quote the motto of House Stark: “Winter is coming.” Yikes. And while we may not face a zombie dragon or a merciless army of the undead, it will still be no picnic.
I feel it myself, surveying the unfinished projects around the house, knowing my proclivity for going into something close to hibernation while the white stuff blows sideways along the road. Get a move on. Stock the bunker.
While that anxiety may be a little overblown, this really is the last weekend for at least one thing. In a few minutes, NCPR will broadcast its last episode of “The Best of Car Talk,” the program that helped keep our derelict Plymouth Valiant on the road two winters after its appointed date with the junkyard, that taught me not to use live coals from the woodstove in place of a block heater under a leaky oil pan. Thanks for the tips, guys.
After today, you’ll only find “Click and Clack” on podcast. To quote our president: “Sad.” But cheer up, for everything else, there will be another year after this winter. It will only seem like forever.