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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 26

I’ve heard that the Norwegians have a saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. As I put on fleece-lined rubber boots, a long down coat, a woolen scarf, hat and gloves and go out in the snow to walk The Dog, I thought of the wisdom of these words. I was comfortable, and actually enjoyed the snowstorm.

Wishing it was spring, or even not snowing, would be foolish. Preparing suitably for the existing conditions, even those that aren’t particularly pleasant, is much more intelligent.

In general, it’s far better to deal appropriately with what is instead of spending time and energy on what we wish were true, or what we think is right.

The birds deal with what is. They don't complain that it's snowing again (at least that we know of) or wish they were in Florida. They puff up their feathers and eat extra seed at my feeder.

The Dog feels like he's always well dressed for playing in his beloved snow.

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