Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The weather outside is frightful. Snow is falling and sticking to the ground for the first time this season, and that’s what I consider to be the official sign that winter has begun. You can measure it on the calendar or by the stars if you want, but it doesn’t mean a thing until the snow starts falling and the ground starts freezing solid. This is it.

There’s not a lot of snow, and it’s pretty wet, but there’s enough of it on the ground that it’s easy to see no matter which way you turn your head, and I can take a picture of it and not have to explain that I took a picture of snow and not just my empty yard. That’s how you know it’s real.

It’s been coming down, on and off, since I got out of bed at eight and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon, so this might be the perfect day to curl up on the sofa with a book and drink gallons of hot beverages. Not that I ever needed an excuse to do that before, just that today I’d be able to use that as an excuse and everybody would nod their heads and say, Yes, yes, perfect day, wish I’d thought of that.

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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

We got rain today. I woke to the sound of great big sheets of rain drumming down on the roof of the house early this morning, and although the clouds are done dumping heavy rain on us, there’s still a steady fall of light rain this morning, so my plans to take my kayak out for a paddle around the lake are sunk, so to speak. I mean, I could still go. I’ve got foul-weather gear I could wear, and I could stop every so often to bail water from the bottom of the boat, but that’s not really the kind of experience I’m looking for when I go paddling, you know? I like to have the sun and clear skies above me and a gentle swell below, and I don’t necessarily shy away from a headwind but I’d rather not have to exert myself too much. One of the truly beautiful things I’ve discovered about paddling is there really isn’t any need for me to over-exert myself. The natural buoyancy of the boat does almost all the work; I just show up for the ride, and provide an occasional push. I’m not exaggerating here; I admit I oftentimes do that but honestly, if you knew how little upper-body strength I have, you’d believe me when I say paddling is not a pastime that requires great big guns of steel. I do not have those. My guns fire Minie balls. *rimshot* Sorry, gun nerd joke. Had to be done.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Just for the record, yesterday we had the first SUPER MASSIVE SNOW STORM OF THE YEAR that everybody talked about as if it was the end of the world, and when we went out to our car at the end of the work day, it turned out there was maybe an inch or two of accumulation and some ice to scrape off the car. How is it that, every year, everybody forgets what winter was like? We live in Wisconsin! Snow is the default setting here!

I shoveled the driveway this morning, also for the first time this year, also just for the record. I didn’t really have to; our car could have easily driven right over it, but I was insomniac and figured, what the hell, I need some cardio anyway.

In other news …

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

“Let’s move to Wisconsin,” I said.

“You’ll love the seasons,” I said.

What a maroon. What a gully bull.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

According to the National Weather Service, it’s supposed to start raining tonight and it’s going to keep on raining indefinitely. There is no end to the rain, according to the forecast. Looks like I should have spent all winter in the garage building a boat.

So in anticipation of being cooped up inside for at least a week, I took a long walk this morning while the sky is clear and the sun is shining. There is literally nothing about the weather this morning that would make any random perambulator you said hi to respond with, “Looks like it might rain.” It is a gorgeous day today and looks like it will keep on being gorgeous forever but, thanks to the National Weather Service, we know that’s not the case.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

“In Madison this morning the temperature is seven below, but with the wind chill it feels like twenty below!”

“Yeah, but if you’re standing at a bus stop for more than ten minutes, it feels like thirty below!”

“And if your hair’s still wet after your shower and you’re not wearing a hat, it feels like forty zillion below!”

Just how many ways do we have to come up with to make it seem colder than it already is?

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Monday, February 8th, 2010

Aaaaand … apparently we’re not going to get any part of the monstrous snow dump we were promised this morning when the goobers on NPR told me at least six times we could expect six to twelve inches by nightfall. Well, it’s nightfall. We got nothing.

It’s not that I was hoping for maybe another snow day. I’m thinking pigs will fly out of my butt bearing gift boxes of Havana cigars before that happens again this winter. And I certainly wasn’t looking forward to driving in it, or shoveling it off my driveway and front stoop again, but for some weird reason I really hate being told it’s going to snow, and then psyche! No snow. At all.

My Darling B, on the other hand, would rather not see any more snowfall at all this season, promised or not. And I have to say I understand her feelings perfectly. She can’t wait to plant her garden again, and the sooner it stops snowing and she can see the ground again, the more it feels as if planting a garden seems like a possibility within reach. So even though I’m pissed off about being diddled by the heavy snow forecast that didn’t pay out, I’m also pulling for B.

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