Saturday, February 6, 2010

Some Thoughts About Winter Weather

I've had the flu for the last couple of days, but am feeling better (thank you for asking). I've spent a great deal of time on the couch, and thank goodness for my laptop, because it's kept me in touch with the rest of the world via Facebook and Twitter. A large part of Twitter conversations this evening were related to the giant snowstorm currently sweeping across the eastern part of the U.S.

Outside my nice, toasty warm family room, I can hear the howling wind and can see the snow that has been blown and attached itself to the windows.  Romie announced earlier when he went out to tend to some of the outside kitties that the snow was blowing straight sideways from the northeast. That's never good.

Earlier this afternoon, as the snow had just begun to fall

However, we're only to get about three inches out of this storm that is pounding points south of us and the mid-Atlantic states.  That's what they tell us anyway. The morning will tell the story.  Personally, I hope we get more.

Yes, you heard me correctly. More snow, I say!  Only a northerner would say something like that although there are those of us that don't want it anytime. I just don't happen to be one of them.

When it comes to the middle of winter and you're bored with the weather, you'll welcome what I call a "weather event."  If we're going to get snow anyway, don't give us just enough to dust the surface.  Size matters!  Give us just enough to keep people home, but not enough that anyone gets stranded.  I don't wish harm from a storm on anyone.

I can remember the days when I was in elementary and high school and snow was predicted for the next school day. I'd go to bed wishing and praying for enough snow that school would be canceled.  I'm a few years older now and I still find myself wishing for lots of snow, even though it has the potential to cause me more problems than it's worth.  In some ways we just never grow up.

So while my logical brain says lots of snow isn't a good thing and certainly not something to wish for, my heart has a special place for it that likes a visit now and then.


TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

That a winter, the coldest since WWII someone said and I'm sure that is correct. When will it stop? I'm so longing for some warm winds blowing my way. :-)

Keep warm xx/ Tyra

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is so true. I hope for enough snow that school is cancelled and I don't even have to get out most of the time. Ha.. Old habits die hard. When that big blanket of snow covers our area I like to snuggle in and the world seems more quiet. It is all so relaxing. I hope you are definitely feeling better now Kylee.

Nutty Gnome said...

Hi Kylee - I think we must be kindred spirits! Not only have I also spent the week laid up with flu (...hope you're feeling much better now!)but I too yearn for snow deep enough for everything to grind to a halt for a few days again!

We are forecast more snow and -12 temperatures for next week's hoping! :)

Take care of yourself and don't try to do too much too soon or you'll be laid up again!

Diane said...

I'm with you on the joy of a good winter weather event! In Chicago we just got a tiny corner of that system yesterday; icy crystals of snow were driving into my face as I walked home from the train, but now there's so little snow I don't even need to shovel. I hope yours turned out much better! Plus, the white covers up all that brown and gray, and if the sun comes out afterwards, it's such an amazing sight.

garden girl said...

Now that I don't have to drive every day in the winter, snowstorms are much more enjoyable! I love the beauty of a fresh snow, and enjoy the extra light. Even a cloudy day is much brighter with snow cover. All that bright, clean white is a welcome change from all the usual winter gray and brown.

I'm glad you're feeling better Kylee!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Kylee! I hope the flu has gone! As for the snow, I wanted it so badly, but it never came to us.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Hi Kylee, glad you are feeling better. You can keep all the snow that is headed its way here today. Yesterday we started with snow, changed to rain, had coastal flooding (yes into my yard but not the garage) sleet this morning and starting to change back to snow. Have no idea the amount of rainfall but there is standing water everywhere. This has been a miserable winter for Tidewater.

sweetbay said...

Since we don't have to deal with snow that much, I always wish for snow too. A real snow too. Preferably at least 4 inches.

Joseph said...

I am feeling so smug right now -- see the map of the storm? And sitting just ABOVE it is a little spot labeled Lansing. Where I am. Where we have dodged EVERYTHING this winter. Just enough snow to make things pretty, not too cold...

kate smudges said...

Sorry to hear you were sick. It's good that you are feleing better. The only reason I don't mind the snow so much is that it keeps the garden well insulated. But, after having a snowstorm that brought our activities to a halt for a few days, I'm not feeling so kindly toward it. Have a good weekend!

kate smudges said...

Sorry to hear you were sick. It's good that you are feleing better. The only reason I don't mind the snow so much is that it keeps the garden well insulated. But, after having a snowstorm that brought our activities to a halt for a few days, I'm not feeling so kindly toward it. Have a good weekend!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

We got about 6-8 inches out of that system. It is beautiful!

I feel the same way about the snow, I want it to be enough to keep everyone safely at home.

I hope you are feeling better.

Lona said...

Hey get better girl! We will make it through this winter yet.LOL! Snow and more snow here in the hills. Ugh!

Shady Gardener said...

Hope you're feeling better, Kylee. I can understand why you'd want to be kept at home for a few days! ;-) We received enough snow to "make it pretty" yesterday. It was a little windy - but we're in the woods, so we don't get the wind that others get. Hope you'll be able to enjoy your weekend. :-)

Kylee Baumle said...

Tyra ~ I hope you get your warm winds and sunny skies soon, Tyra! We've got sun here today, which makes the snow on the ground blinding!

Lisa ~ Aren't we funny? We either love our snow or hate it. No middle ground with that one! Yes, feeling much better today! :-)

Nutty Gnome ~ Oh I hope you're feeling better, too! Is that -12 C? I hope so! Still, that's cold enough. And I just knew I wasn't alone in feeling this way about the snow!

Diane ~ That's the best part of snow - covering up the brown and gray! We got enough! Now today is bright and shiny, but we've got a lot of snow to move!

Linda ~ That's exactly how I feel, too (the driving part). And we've got a beautiful day today, but lots of snow to move.

Tatyana ~ Flu is pretty well gone now! :-) Don't give up hope of getting more snow. Winter isn't over yet!

Janet ~ Oh my, you have certainly had the weather issues this winter, haven't you? You've had the worst of what winter can dish up. I'd much rather have lots of snow than the icky, ugly, wet stuff. Hang tight, Janet, one more month and we really can see spring in the offing.

sweet bay ~ That's about the right amount!

Greensparrow ~ I know you haven't gotten that much because others I know have mentioned that. What did you do to end up so deprived? LOL!

Kate ~ I love snow for that reason, too. It's best when there's a few inches covering the plants. It's funny how I never ever thought about how important that is before I gardened.

Robin ~ Did you get the wind to go along with it? I sure hope not, because with inches like that, it will really be a mess!

Lona ~ Feeling better now! Somehow I just knew you'd have a lot of snow down there. I'm sure it's GORGEOUS! Stay warm!

Shady Gardener ~ Feeling much better, thank you! I'm sure that woods saves you a lot of shoveling! We're out here in the open where we're the only thing to stop the snow in its tracks. Enjoy the beauty of it!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Your patio looks peaceful with all the snow every where.

Unknown said...

Glad you're feeling better, my friend, and also glad that you're not getting clobbered like some are. The nice thing about doing what I do is that snow days don't affect me too much. I work when I want to and goof off when I feel like it, take naps with the catbrats (they are naughty this afternoon) and just look out the windows at the weather tantrums with no concerns about having to make it to an office, etc.

Nathan (2af) said...

I completely agree, if it is going to snow. I would rather it be eighteen inches deep than what we got last night. Here in central Illinois we got about three inches that is already half melted and making a muddy mess, yuck.

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