one of my more colorful uncles
had a folksy phrase or definition
ready for any event
His description of winter in northern Minnesota was,
"Nine months of ice and snow, and three months of poor sledding"
Fifty years down the winding road, and there have been some changes
like the lake ice pulling away from the shore
and rain before the equinox
the Ides of March
unprepared to measure the liquid state
and trumpeter swans everywhere.
therefore a new folksy phrase...........
"Nine months of non winter and three months of dubious sledding"