Dear Old Man Winter,
Your whimsy and mischievous behavior is a amusing at times. I will say, you do bring a jaw dropping beauty found in no other season. A quiet hush made by falling snow, blue light with long shadows, hoar frost which covers me during runs and rides, sundogs, visible animal tracks, and the sweet smell of firewood burning to heat Midwestern homes. I just have one bone to pick with you. You are not supposed to make your grand entrance until December 21st (I'll give you a day or two plus or minus). The stuff you pulled last year was not appreciated and now it seems like you've opened up the same bag of tricks--but earlier. Yes, yes, we Wisconsinites know it's going to be effing cold for 4 or 5 months out of each year, but this Spring starting in June and Winter starting in November shit isn't funny. When you start pissing off the cross-country skiers, you KNOW you've gone too far. We'd appreciate a little cooperation on your part. Fine, make it cold early, but could you hold off on the wind? And throw us a bone once in awhile--you know, a sunny day at "average" temps can make all the difference.
-two wheeled maiden