It Gets Cold in November

Emily Dickinson once said, “November always seems to me the Norway of the year.”  I have never been to Norway, but I did go to Sweden which is close by, however I went there in the late summer, so the weather was nice.  There were lots of signs around warning drivers about moose which is both plural and singular, so there is no such thing as meese, or mooses.  It seems that the moose get drunk eating fermented berries and you don’t want to run into them with your cars.  I was in Scotland in the winter and it was cold up there and the days were very short and because of that people got depressed and they went to pubs to drink.

I was out in Milwaukee a few years back visiting relatives in August and I decided to take my wife out to see the Milwaukee Brewers play, so we drove over to the stadium and got tickets.  I was dressed in a short sleeve shirt, wearing shorts and sandals because it was a really nice day, but it got so cold with that wind blowing in from Lake Michigan that we had to leave the game in the fifth inning.  I started getting cold after the second inning and I went to the souvenir stand and bought a jersey and some socks, but the temperature kept dropping, so we left and listened to the rest of the game on the radio on our way back to my grandmother’s house.  We were staying out in the driveway in an RV and we had plenty of blankets, but we had to huddle together as the temperature went down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit that night and it felt like we were in Norway.

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!, Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

14 thoughts on “It Gets Cold in November

      1. From what I remember I loved it. I had a school friend that had spent a few years here in the US with her parents. When they went back I went to stay with them for 4 weeks. The first week we stayed on their sailboat and sailed around all the islands below Gothenburg. I remember taking public transportation with my friend and we were only 14 maybe, but there is was normal. We drove up to Stockholm. On the way we stopped at a place that made polkagris, Sweden’s version of the candy cane.

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  1. Earlier this month it got close to 90F during the day. A couple of days ago it barely got into the 50s and we had both wind warnings in the day and frost warnings at night. Right now it is 58F and sunny and the wind is gusting to 13 mph. November can be interesting.

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  2. It makes me cold just reading about your shorts and sandals at the stadium! I guess they sell a lot of shirts and socks! I’ve been to Norway, but it was summer. Beautiful tundra. Not barren like some think, lots of color, just color very low to the ground.

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