It is only a matter of moments, hours, or days until FIRST SNOW. The leaves are gone from the trees outside my window. I've needed to scrape thick frost from my windshield and I'm now driving to work in the dark while wearing gloves.
I am headed into my 12th winter in Alaska. What I find about myself is that even after my previous 11 winters, I'm still tickled at the prospect of First Snow.
Any day now as the snow line creeps lower and lower. Any day now as the temps drop further below freezing each night. Any day now I will be exclaiming "It's snowing!!!!" as if I were a little girl and her first delight at the wonderment of SNOW.