Weatherman says:  -22 below windchill at 6:11 a.m.  It’s the 16th day of this 365 day commitment to spend time outdoors.  That means there’s 349 more to go.  Should we keep counting?

Sun reportedly rose this morning at 8:32 a.m.  I missed the auspicious event, having left through the front door at 6:40 a.m.  Arrived at work at exactly…shall we say… 7 a.m.?  From 7 a.m. until 11:15 (exactly 4.25 hours) I worked on budgets, lunch charts and quarterly reports.  You can perhaps determine that Numbers are a big part of my life.

The thermometer outside the kitchen window announces it’s 8 degrees right now (1:06 p.m.) and I’ve just returned to the house after a 1.1 mile walk up to the main road.  The fiercely blowing wind has abated, but it’s still coming out of the southwest at 9 mph. 

Brightly colored purple finches and dapper chickadees sang in the treetops along the road, but I have no idea how many.  The snow crunched underfoot, surprisingly covering the previously-slippery turf.  No cars disturbed the serene beauty of the early afternoon until the mailman sped by in his Jeep at 22 mph, waving his hand.

We had eight envelopes in the mailbox, none which looked particularly intriguing.  I decided to measure the snow in deference to this “numbers” blog.  Out on the side yard, in the non-drifted areas, the snow averages nine to eleven inches.

The sun sets tonight at 5:17 according to the weather service.  I will  venture outside yet again at 6:30 p.m., this time to a meeting 9.3 miles away where I will explain numbers and finances to probably fourteen or fifteen people.  They will nod and smile as if they’re interested, glad that someone else has the job of keeping track of these details.  I’ve been doing this particular job for nigh on 23 years.  Who knows how many more to go?

I have an interesting numbers statistic for anyone still reading.  Guess how many minutes of daylight we gain at this time of year?  I’m not talking dry & cold weather-service numbers.  I’m talking night-time numbers only.  A couple of years ago I attempted to figure out the extra minutes of light we gained in January.  Every night I’d write down when it was no longer possible to see the garage.  You will be pleased to know that we gain ten minutes of light in the evening every week at this time of year.  This is a very vital statistic for those who suffer from Cabin Fever or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It’s vital to know that the hours of daylight are increasing.  Ten more minutes of evening light per week!  You may want to remember that….

As of this week, there’s between 50 and 80 people reading this blog daily.  Five of them have decided to spend more time outdoors this winter.  One of them says she’ll possibly attempt writing.  Who knows what anyone else thinks?

We have six and a half rows left in our woodpile to make it until spring.  We have 76 days until Spring Equinox.  But since spring doesn’t come to this area until April or May….let’s just say….it’s a long time until spring!

***despite all this chatter about statistics and numbers, I’m pretty certain that in the larger scope of Nature and Earth and love and beauty numbers really don’t really count…..***

Who's the counting the logs left in the woodpile?

Who's the counting the logs left in the woodpile?