P.J. Griekspoor Archives Email Author Follow @P.J. Griekspoor And, Suddenly, It Is Winter Kansas Viewpoint You'd think we would get used to this summer one day, winter the next, but every year it is a shock Published on: December 6, 2011 Tweet Post to Your Wall. Email Blog RSS Permalink Print What a difference a couple of days makes!! Less than a week ago, my petunias, snap dragons and sole surviving geranium were still blooming in my front garden. Now, the fountain sports icicles and the once-vivid flowers are more like puddles of color on the soil. It happens this way every year -- we get maybe one cold spell around Halloween and then a month of summer-ish November weather followed by a sudden chill down. You'd think I'd be used to it after almost 22 years in Kansas, but every year it is a shock. My biggest regret this year is I didn't get out there in the sunshine and get my Christmas lights up. Now I either go without my annual display (UNTHINKABLE!!) or I get out there in the cold and the wind and tough it out. It'll happen this weekend. I'm shivering just thinking about it. On the bright side: I did get a new load of firewood.