Sunday, December 18, 2016


It’s snowing. Again. Started Friday afternoon. A few scattered flakes drifting from a heavy, gray sky. Then a few more. None of those big, fluffy beautiful flakes. Just little ones. Lots of them. Six inches worth of them that needed shoveling.

People complaining. Cursing the snow. Wishing for summer. And winter hasn’t even begun yet, not until next week when it’s official. At least on the calendar official.

So an unpleasant time for those who are “stuck” with snow and winter. They complain. They must find something satisfying in complaining. Like being in the army and complaining. I was there. I remember the complaining. Remember it was the thing to do. That if you didn’t complain about army life you weren’t normal.

So is it normal to complain about snow and winter?

I must be abnormal because I rather like winter. The quiet. The beauty of a snowstorm. A time to slowdown and relax a bit. A time to celebrate Christmas and the end of an old year. All a part of winter in the North.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Complaining a little about snow and winter: quite normal. Complaining a lot about snow and winter: annoying.


Wednesday, January 11. 6:30 p.m. Midvale Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd. (corner of Midvale and Tokay), Fellowship Hall. Launch of new book, NEVER CURSE THE RAIN. Books signing and talk. All are welcome.

Saturday, January 14. 9:00 -12:00 a.m. Sequoia Library, Madison. Writing Workshop.”Writing From Your Life” Limited enrollment. Contact Sequoia Library: 608-266-6385.

Saturday, January 21 Noon. Heidel House, Green Lake, WI. Pheasants Forever. Noon talk. Whispers and Shadows. Book signing.

Saturday, February 11, 2:15. Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison. Roshara Journal

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 p.m. Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison. TV documentary “Never Curse the Rain” book signing and discussion.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984


sidsemarie said...

So true Jerry... I do love the beauty of winter and I do complain when we have too much shoveling to do. The funny thing is that while I am outside shoveling I always have to pause and take some photos of the winter wonderland that I complain about!

Don R said...


I try to limit my complaining about the weather to only those times when it's trying to suck the life out of you: 90 plus F. or -10 and lower. It's harder and harder as I grow older. As my good neighbor Alfred always said, "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's coming from."