>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer Paper 10/29/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow Our View arrow WINTER WOES

Print

WINTER WOES

Ted Kramer ().
Ted Kramer ().

With weather like we've had the past couple of weeks, it's no wonder a middle-aged man's fancy, not unlike that of his younger brethren, turns to more pleasant thoughts this time of year — like gardens and golf and longer days.

The calendar tells me it's only Jan. 16. Way too early for spring fever.

I'm still in the throes of cabin fever that was as much the result of a cold virus that swept through The Observer as it was the snow and subfreezing temperatures that our region endured and might still see more of.

The weather was relatively easy, but the cold nullified my brain cells and forced me onto the couch this past weekend. You can only watch so much TV and take so many naps.

"Wanna play a game?'' Karyl, also recovering from a bout with the Big Observer Cold of 2004, asked. "You pick.''

"I can't even think,'' I snorted. "My brain's not working.''

"Good. Maybe I can win,'' she snickered.

More often than not she wins anyway, even when I'm at 100 percent. I wasn't about to endure more embarrassment than I usually do. I felt bad enough already.

So, bored stiff but unable to do anything about it, I had a choice: Haul the golf clubs out of the basement for a little cleanup, or peruse the gardening and seed catalogs that have been stacking up around the house the past couple of weeks.

I chose the latter. Less effort.

Wrong move! What are those companies trying to prove, anyway? They're just trying to make those of us in zones 4-9 feel worse than we already do.

My congested brain began to envision what this year's garden might behold. What we could do differently this year. What varieties of vegetables we should grow.

Never mind the fact that we're just three weeks into winter. That snow still covered the ground outside and that more could arrive any time between now and the end of March.

That warm days are still months away.

I was in a zone. A cold-induced, post-winter storm fantasy zone. Even the flowers in the catalogs started looking good.

It took me a good day or two before I came back to my senses. Tromping through the snow to restock the wood bin helped. Defrosting the car windows Monday morning aided my recovery, too.

What was I thinking? It's not spring. It's not even close to spring. Get real. Put the catalogs away for another day — another month, or two, or three.

Next time I'll go for the golf clubs. Or even a game of mentally challenged Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit.

At least one of us would feel better.

Ted Kramer is editor of The Observer. He can be reached by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

acquistare viagra in svizzera propecia versand tarif cialis 20mg
bestellen viagra 
viagra market 
tadalafiili 
where to buy finasteride purchase cialis viagra lowest prices forum comment acheter cialis en ligne http://www.ears.dmu.ac.uk/?q=1&prod=&typ... holland viagra rezeptfrei http://www.scripts.com/index.php?new=634... levitra acquisto online cialis generico comprar viagra gibraltar levitra zonder recept viagra online kaufen erfahrungen price of autocad map 3d 2011 cheapest adobe cs4 design premium