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Winter Ornery (Written by: Joel Heitkamp)

by Amy Iler

Have you noticed even “the nice people” have an edge lately? Even after a few decent nights of sleep, I found myself yawning.  So, I asked my wife, Sue, why?  (As a nurse, I think it’s her job to have the answer questions like this…)  

Her answer: “It's that time of year.” 

It didn’t seem like a good enough answer.  So, I pushed the subject even more (yeah, we can all see where this is going)… I explained how I was going to bed early, not staying out late, I was wearing my CPAP (sleep) machine. I brought up everything but warm milk!

This time her answer was quick and sharp.  “Winter ornery.”  She suggested this discussion had proved it.

And, then, she started listing examples of how ornery I have been lately.  While it wasn’t appreciated, she made her case. Okay, okay, to say the fuse has been a little short would be an understatement.

So, I did what anyone would do, I started pointing out where I thought she has been a little "winter ornery" herself. Note to self: not the best idea.

Does anyone know where the woodchuck lives? My 12 gauge still works.