I'm going to keep this post short and simple, because the message here is simple and straight-forward. I can go months without coming across a single vehicular accident anywhere along my commutes. But in the past seven days, I have come across four of them, all along major roadways and rendering traffic backed up for hours. This past week was free of snow or freezing rain on the days of the wrecks. Two of the incidents involved shifting and/or unsecured loads.
So winter has truly set in for me now. We've had enough snow in the past week that the private lane I live on is covered with a compacted layer of icy white stuff. You don't get to my place without four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive at this time of year. It's great if you don't like visitors! But at the same time, it can be more than a bit of a problem. Sometimes I can get snowed in or snowed out.
This weekend, western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region had to deal with some relatively common winter weather. So most people in our region spent the weekend at home, avoiding the cold as much as possible. I took advantage of the long, uneventful hours by working on some fanart. I know I should have probably spent part of the weekend writing or editing, but it's been nearly a year since I took time to work on a piece solely for my enjoyment. And the time spent on sketching, painting, and coloring helped distract my mind from other things.