Okay, I know I’m early but winter will be here before you know it. I just want you to ready. When you know my top ten indicators that winter has arrived you can go into the season prepared.

As some of you might know, I love winter. I love it almost as much as I love autumn. I love snow, bunches of it, piles of it, layers of it — before and after the holidays. Yes, I understand my #ProSnow position isn’t a popular stance. But there are  snow days and ski trips — heck, I even like driving in the slick white stuff (unless there are major delays and accidents).

I’ve driven TO the snow when it didn’t come to me. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. This morning, when there was frost on the pumpkin and on my butternut squash plants, I took my coffee on the back patio and began looking for the signs of winter.

My Top Ten Indicators that Winter Has Arrived 

10. The woolly worms are doing something… somewhere.

9. Squirrels are hoarding and storing their nuts.

8. It’s dark for the first hour in my home office — I should turn on the lights.

7. Christmas merchandise has been displayed in stores and online for about 128 days.

6. My right knee has stopped working — a sure prediction of impending snow.

5. The furnace went out. It really did. We got it temporarily fixed. My wife is gathering estimates for a new HVAC system.

4. The leaves from my neighbor’s trees are ALL in my yard now. I’m at the bottom of a wooded hill, so there’s a lot.

3. The weather people talk about wind chill — a lot.

2. Our cats are bulking up — seriously, they really do.

And the number one answer is…

  1. In the northern hemisphere, In 2020, the winter solstice arrives on Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST, marking the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year.

Sometimes I like to have a little fun here. So, shoot me. I hope you enjoyed this post and keep in mind I’m passionate about leadership development … and having fun.

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