Wow, it is December. They always said that the older you get the quicker time goes by. I never did pay any attention to old wives tales. But, this one may be correct. It seems to me that just a few months ago it was cold, rainy and dull. It was the beginning of December; I looked at the weather forecast for the upcoming week and decided to take my muzzleloader out of my truck and put it away. Yep, the day before season came in I put it back into the closet. I didn’t think I would get to use it and the weather fellow was actually right.
I do tend to dread the time period between when I put the last deer in the freezer and dig my first ramps of the season. Yep, 5 months or more of brown, black, white and gray. It will be a long time until green unfolds in the landscape. That period of time does not seem to fly by. The only thing I like about it is on those rare pleasant days; there aren’t many people stirring. The worst thing about living in a tourism based area is that when you actually have time to do something; it is too crowded to do it.
I’m sorry but I just don’t get very worked up over the holiday seasons. The commercialization has ruined the season. I saw decorations out before Halloween, this year. I have nothing against all who do. What you do and enjoy doing is entirely up to you and nobody else. Always remember that. I guess I’ll spend my free time this month hunting a little, looking for ducks when it isn’t fit to hunt and sorting photos that have accumulated over the year. The rest of the time I will spend driving on slick, dirty roads and squirting windshield wiper fluid. That’s about the extent of it. Yes, we have to take those gray days in stride.
I guess that all seems gloomy and doomy but, it isn’t meant to be. Maybe what I am trying to get to is the fact that every day is Thanksgiving Day for me. Every day I find, discover or learn something new is like Christmas to me and I get to experience many of those days throughout the entire year. Yes, as some would say; I’m blessed and I’m thankful for that every single day. It is your life to live as you see fit and ultimately you are the only one that can make you happy. Do what you really enjoy doing. It’s up to you and nobody else.
Try to enjoy the many long dull days that lay ahead. It is up to you to make the most out of them. Strive to learn something new or do something interesting every single day; even if you only have a few free moments to do so. It can be done if you actually try. Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the shades of gray. There is a light out there somewhere on the horizon. It’s called May.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
This is my final article for Two=Lane Livin...9 years, Wow.