Every year I pray that by some stroke of fortune we get through November without snow. That makes the winter so much easier to mentally get through. Snow usually comes in November, though. Sometimes quite a bit of it. We normally get snow November through March. March has a lot of melting and new snow. Promises of spring peek through during the March melting days, making March tolerable.
Believe me, I remember the year of the Halloween blizzard. Something like 28 inches over a couple of days. If I recall, it started the day before the holiday. We got stuck with all of our candy that year. Gee. Too bad! :)
It also made winter seems about two years long!
This year, I crossed fingers, toes and eyes in hope of seeing a snow free November. Bingo! I got four corners, and by November 30th still no snow! Then December began. Nothing. The week of Christmas we got a dusting. Christmas itself was not white. Thank you Mother Nature! I know, I know. We need the moisture. Shut up. We got an inch or so New Year's Eve.
Enter January (click on January to read about last year's typical January). Not this year! For the first ten days, not only did we not get snow, our temperatures continued to be more like late March or April. We have consistently been in the forties, and sometimes in the fifties! Yesterday was about 53 degrees! So, not only do we not have snow, we have not been even close to the frigid temperatures we normally have. Not once below zero, even at night. I can only recall one night in single digits above zero.
People keep saying "Oh, we will pay. Just wait for January and February." Hell, I don't care! We shaved two and one half months off of winter! It can snow every day for the next two months and I won't bitch once. Well, umm, maybe a couple of times. But I am so very grateful for this stranger than fiction winter!
I hope we do get a boatload of snow over the next two months. I understand that plants and trees need it. I am prepared to have miserable weather, just not for five months, thank you. Two I can deal with.
Oh, and Mother (Nature)? Please don't bitchslap me now and make me pay in April That would NOT be nice. I have been a good girl (as good as I can be) and every Minnesotan deserves a decent spring. You don't have something awful up your sleeve for us, do you????
I am going to sneak off to lunch with a friend today, while the snow starts. Perhaps dinner with friends tonight, unless it is too crappy. Then I will stay home with my husband. The next two days, I am inside. By the weekend, 20's again. It is usually WAY colder than that, so 20's will be great.
Now I am off to find my boots. Damn. I have to wear them today. Friday I had on birkenstocks with no socks.