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Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon
Winter tough to beat

by Wendi Reardon

March 26, 2014

The days are slowly getting longer...and so is winter in Michigan.

There were a few days of 40-degree weather which seemed to boost the "spring is coming, spring is coming" excited cries. But the next day back down to under 30-degrees and snow.

This is why I carry a sweatshirt wherever I go. My relatives on the west coast don't understand why I carried a sweatshirt around Las Vegas in the desert, in the middle of July.

I have been trained. It is the Michigan native mentality - be ready for anything.

I didn't carry around the sweatshirt during the entire trip. It was with the suitcase. Did I need it during that particular trip? No, not really. I did need an umbrella since one of the few times it rained in the desert, I was there. (They can blame me - the Michigan girl brought rain and humidity.)

Be ready for anything - I have a plastic storage bin in my vehicle right now with the warm sports gear - gloves, scarves, hand warmers, toe warmers, and leggings.

During the fall, it was umbrellas, sweatshirt, extra pair of sneakers and ponchos which actually worked out when I chose the coldest, rainiest day to visit Cedar Point last October. For spring, well for spring it is the winter and fall gear. Though this may be the first spring I am leaning towards buying snow pants. I haven't worn snow pants since I was in elementary school.

Clothing wise I am ready for the spring season - it's just the snow won't let it happen. It is covering the softball and baseball fields and slowly melting off of the bleachers at Clarkston High School stadium.

Last year it was the rain plaguing the softball and baseball fields, this year it is the snow and the chilly weather. I keep checking my weather app on my cell phone to check when we will break out of the coldness and see the snow continue to melt away.

It will. It will melt and spring sports can play. People can be outside again. I, just like my last column, am still counting down until the string of warm days to walk outside for more than a few minutes.

I am ready to be active outside and go on adventures even if it is just at a park.

Come on, warmth, fight your way through!