No matter what happens, it helps to have a sense of humor to keep a person going. But it is very hard to keep a happy face when winter just won't go away.
It doesn't help that most of the world knows nothing about weather in Interior Alaska. They think it looks like this twelve months of the year. No matter that the tourist industry hauls loads of people in buses, trains and cruise ships up and down Alaska during the warm, even HOT summer months. Still, when I meet new people from Outside, they ask idiotic questions such as, "Do you have telephones? (electricity, computers, etc.)" "What's it like to live in an igloo?" and "Don't you get tired of it being cold all the time?"
No, I don't get tired of it being cold when it is supposed to be cold. But right now it's not supposed to be cold. Right now the trees are supposed to be budding. Right now the birds are supposed to be eating lots of insects. I just watched a chickadee go after my suet feeder. That's just not normal for April. It hasn't gotten above 40 degrees for several days.
The snow was on its way out. I had about 2/3s of my yard clear of snow and I could see things I hadn't seen for a while, such as some of the planting pots, some fencing I'd stacked, and so on.
I said many bad words when I sat up at 7:30 this morning to see snow just coming down like gangbusters. It's been doing that all morning. It is just after noon right now, and it's still snowing. There's more than three inches of snow out there right now...more every second...
It's supposed to rain this afternoon. If the temperature can stay above freezing that will be a blessing as it will wash away this snow. If it hovers around freezing then we will have to endure the dreaded black ice.
I know of two suicides in the last week. I can't say for certain that the weather caused them, but it's extremely hard for me, a non-depressed person (rapidly becoming a depressed person) to hang in there when Spring just never arrives. I can't imagine being someone with clinical depression having to try to keep spirits up with this situation.
Even my DOGS don't want to go outside. We went out and this morning and, rather than play in this new snow, they quietly relieved themselves and then walked straight to the gate and waited. We want to go in. We don't like this, they said.
When you have a husky and a Norwegian Elkhound that are sick of snow, you know it's really, really serious.