Not much for winter here. Mornings are for the most part in the twenties and highs are in the thirties, warm for January in Maine. I am scheduled to start my ice fishing season this weekend, but the warm weather is moving that start further out for the obvious safety reasons. This is still Maine though and that could change with almost no notice. We did get that big storm right before Christmas and were without power for a couple of days. That seems like at least an annual event (and sometimes more frequent) so we are not only ready but adjust easily. All of the needed equipment to make it sort of pleasant is easily gotten out and the staples like freshwater for drinking are already set aside within reach. Part of the reason for heating with wood is that it requires no electricity to stay warm in the house.
I still need to bring in wood and carry out ashes but both tasks are simple. I bought a new wood cart in December that holds twice as much as the old one. That means a trip to the woodpile only every few days so even that task has gotten simpler. We noted early this week that the sun is already rising noticeably further to the north indicating that longer days and the warmer season are on their way.
This winter is different here because I am not representing the Maine Professional Guides Association in Augusta, which means little if any time at the legislature. There are still some things on my list like the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Furbearer Plan steering committee and the Maine Tourism Association’s workforce working group. I expect that there will always be some work like this that I will be involved in but the pressure of fairly representing my peers is no longer there.
I picked up the boat late last week from its annual winter overhaul and everything is working perfectly, summer is coming! I can also tell that summer is coming because reservations are coming which frequently include a conversation with a client about our past times together and catching up with them. A very pleasant way to spend my winter.
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