The Armpit of Winter

Winter in the riverbottom at Lethbridge

I not so lovingly refer to February as the armpit of winter.

I don’t know why I call it this. I guess it’s because  once in a while it seems all warm and fresh and then all of a sudden it’s unkempt – cold and smelly.  I know, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. But maybe if you live
somewhere cold and dreary eight months out of the year it does.

This year February in Upstate NY has been unusual, as it has in the rest of the country.  Even though we’ve dealt with mud all winter (I’ve stopped caring about mopping our floors) I’m grateful for the warmer weather and lack of snow. I don’t like the snow – I hate driving in it, and I don’t play
winter sports.

But I do like a good storm.  A whollop, holy shit we have to get to the store for junk food and liquor, let’s plan on sledding and playing games for two days kind of storm. We haven’t had that, and I miss it this year.
I feel for the kids, too. The fun of winter has been zapped. It’s a bust.

It’s starting to storm now. I think we are supposed to get 1-3 inches and then a wintery mix. Most winters that is nothing. No cause for alarm or concern. But this year everyone talks about every flake of snow as if it’s about to be Armageddon.

We have a winter storm alert and everything! Maybe we’ll get more than expected. Maybe we’ll get ice!!! Oooh, a power outage would be EPIC!
Tomorrow is my birthday. Every year my mother tells me the story of the huge snow and ice storm that began the night she went into labor with me. When she went to the hospital in the morning the roads were so bad
she was more afraid of the seven mile drive than of giving birth. In like a lion, I was. So I’m always particularly excited when the universe honors my birth with a storm.

And now it is almost March 1st. Goodbye February, you cold, stinky armpit, you will not be missed!

Are you ready for spring, or do you enjoy winter?


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Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. says

    Laine, we’re bracing over here in Albany, too! We probably won’t get that much snow, but in my head I am already totally planning all the things me and Em are going to do tomorrow (ice cones, snow angels, sledding around our backyard), and now that I know it will be your birthday, we may just build you a beautiful snowy birthday cake! :)

  2. says

    Even though our winter has been mild, count me ready for spring. “The Armpit of Winter” as February’s name works for me! I’m looking forward to longer days and maybe more energy. Happy birthday, sweet Laine!

  3. says

    we’ve had mud for weather all winter so far too, and i’m tired of wiping dog paws all sixteen of them, every time they come back in from outside!

    i love your armpit of winter description. we are never lucky enough to have March be the beginning of spring. we can get snow here in may…

    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday dear Laine
    happy birthday to you!

  4. says


    I’ve been to upstate NY in the winter and it is harsh. I graduated from a college in Vermont- and it snowed at my graduation in MAY. IN MAY. IT SNOWED.

    Now, I’m in South Texas where my car reads the ambient temp at 120 degrees because of the humidity four months out of the year.

    I don’t know what seasons are anymore. Glad you’re almost in the clear!

  5. says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (1 day late)

    Our weather has seemed snowier and colder than usual. We’ve had 3 or 4 large snowstorms – 2 of them measured in feet – and it’s been cold enough that the snow hasn’t melted right away in the way in which we are accustomed. February stinks. I’m so glad it’s over.

  6. says

    Hey Lanie, Again Happy Birthday! Sorry I missed the party that Robin hosted!
    I am a lover of spring, summer and fall. Love the winter storms in Charlotte, the whole city stops, snow melts and off we go.
    Alas no snow this year, not yet anyway…..

  7. says

    Here’s my attitude… if it’s going to be cold, it may as well snow because otherwise, what’s the use? Our Fall was colder than our Winter. Summer is going to suck because it’s going to be SO fricking humid and the bugs are going to eat us alive. All that being said.. at this point, if Old Man Winter tries to show up, I may have to kick his tail to the curb. Too little, too late.

  8. says

    How was the birthday, Laine?

    Hope your March is turning a bit brighter than February. You know you can just by the liquor without having to have the storm. Might cheer you up some! hehehe

  9. says

    I hate winter, despise it even. We had two snow, eh, days? One it never reached over 0* for, so we couldn’t even enjoy it (what little there is to enjoy, lol). But now we’re in the midst of that “armpit” season. Freezing last night, 69* out today, tornadoes and snow storms… Missouri weather is always hormonal.

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