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This Weather Stinks

It’s 3:25 PM. Gusts of wind shook the house, setting off squeaking sounds from things that shouldn’t squeak. Like the ceiling beams. The seas are covered with white caps as far as the eye can see. The water has stayed at the high-tide mark for a few hours – the walkways to the docks have been flat. A minute ago there was a sudden burst of hail, followed by a few pathetic flurries. And now the sun is shining with a joker’s glee.

The weather has been sucky for a long time. It’s been so long that I don’t remember how long it has sucked. Cloudy. Strong winds. Rain. Cold. This is purgatory, this miserable place that is just cold and drab without snow to redeem it.

The locals are fed up with the weather, too. Everyone is complaining. The fishermen hate it. This is the height of cod season, so a day of bad weather is a day without income. Those who work at the fish farm hate it. It’s no fun dragging up dead fish at the bottom of the net in a gale.

Regular readers of this blog probably noticed: my rate of blogging has fallen off. What am I going to write about? The wind? Right — I’ve spent a lot of time getting the next release of my app finished. That’s hardly an Arctic Dream. But I’m so glad that I have this little app project to keep me obsessed about something. Otherwise I’d go mad.

Happiness is being occupied at the present plus hope for the future. And hope I fervently do. I pictured a picnic at the beach, boating, fishing, collecting seagull eggs, hiking, camping. Maybe another month? Maybe two? But until then, let me get back to programming…

  1. In this day of Kindles and iPads and Netflix, another advantage you have is almost infinite reading material from current news, to any book you ever wanted to read new or old, to any movie or TV show you wanted to catch up on. Makes you wonder how the people 100 years ago on that island coped. Presumably alcohol was involved.

    March 11, 2012
    • You mean alcohol is not involved today? 🙂
      In the old days: making candles, mending fishnets, knitting, spinning yarn, writing in a diary, paint pictures, reading the Bible for the 20th time, salting fish…
      I’m not sure how Kindle and iPad and Netflix stack up against that list. For me, having too many options make me restless. I’m much happier when I tell myself, this is the one thing you’re allowed to do.

      March 11, 2012
  2. Alana #

    How are the kids handling the weather?

    March 11, 2012
    • The kids don’t seem to mind. 2 days ago Marcus insisted on hiking through the woods (no trails) back home, and it was raining and blowing hard.

      March 11, 2012
      • May I add that the wife is also handling the weather pretty well ☺
        So, the only member of the family who is “værsjuk” ( Norwegian for being sick of the weather) is my dear husband…

        March 11, 2012
  3. Stuart #

    I lived on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia for 14 years.
    The 150 inches of rain a year wasn’t as bad as the endless days
    and sometimes weeks without sun!

    March 11, 2012
    • Yes, the darkness was hard to deal with. But now it’s 8 PM and still quite light out. It’s getting good!

      April 2, 2012
  4. Joe #

    Sounds great. I actually regret that we’ve had such a mild winter here in DC. Every once in a while, It’s nice to be forced indoors while the house shakes from the wind and the rain thunders on the roof.

    How about some pictures of those stormy seas?

    March 11, 2012
    • Not many good pictures. It’s hard to take good pictures of the storms because the camera is liable to get soaked.

      I agree that once in a while bad weather is a very good thing. But 3 months straight would get to you.

      April 2, 2012
  5. Kirrily #

    I was feeling a bit fed up that the temp has finally dropped below 30+ and I’ve had to put on something with sleeves. Good to have some perspective. It reminds me of how I always felt in London in March, not that the weather compares but the feeling of having had enough of it all was the same. Good for you, Kristen, and the kids for being ok with it all. Perhaps it is because of going out to work/school. Being home with the same weather daily makes it more noticeable somehow.

    March 11, 2012
    • I guess it’s about being occupied. I’m happy that I had my little programming project to occupy me indoors. Kristin has been far more occupied with her job.

      April 2, 2012
  6. bruce h #

    The US Midwest is basking in sunshine and warmth. The thermometer said 64 F (about 17C) in the car. This has been the winter that was not a winter. More like a London winter.

    March 12, 2012
    • We’ve been very jealous of the weather in the US this winter.

      April 2, 2012
  7. RichardP #

    Your current weather is simply epitomizing “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. In no time, it will turn to Spring and the lows of the present cold, wind and rain will be be reciprocated by the highs of sunshine, new blooms and a warm breeze. Hang in there Winston!

    March 14, 2012
    • Two weeks later, life is bustling again. A little bit of better weather and a little bit of gumption changed everything.

      April 2, 2012

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