Monday, January 4, 2010

SERIOUSLY?!!??

Ok, so I live in the Midwest. The heart and soul of this the United States of America.

Living where I do, it is understood that we will experience a vast array of weather situations.

Spring - rain, sun, thunderstorms, wind, and generally gorgeous temps.

Summer - moderate to "melt your face" heat, thunderstorms, tornados, and HUMIDITY the likes of which will make you feel like you're literally breathing liquid directly into your lungs. Oppressive.

Fall - could be your typical fall - chilly, breezy, etc. Could still be warm coming off a particularly hot summer. OR, we could just jump right past fall straight into winter - freezing temps, snow, etc.

And of course, next comes the focus of today's rant...

Winter - There have been years where we haven't even seen a snowflake till well after Christmas... and then there have been years like this...

The temp has been hovering consistently anywhere between 10º and -24º F for the last few weeks, and that is BEFORE considering the "wind chill factor". The kind of cold that is literally painful to your skin and difficult to breath in.

And as if the temps alone weren't bad enough, we got the pleasure of receiving no less than 24inches of snow over the course of a 3 day period. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the next day. We were actually traveling the first night just as it was getting pretty treacherous but as we arrived home (finally) safe and sound, I shall spare the details just in case there are any family members prone to worry who may be reading this. :)

Here are a few photographs that were taken over the Christmas holiday. As ridiculous as it was that weekend, it has snowed a little more at least every other day since then ...

Pictures taken at my parent's house while it was still snowing...

My parent's back yard half full of snow...
(that is a 6 foot privacy fence half buried just as a point of reference)

Just one of many buried cars somewhere between my house and my parents'...

At our house...

Finally got the driveway cleared in time for it to snow AGAIN...

A break between the flakes...
(more shots around out house)
I just talked to Mr. G. on the phone and GUESS WHAT?!!?!? He said they are calling for MORE SNOW within a few days. You know I was just thinking to myself this morning how we just don't have quite enough of the white stuff around here. :)

You know, I've never been on board with the whole Global Warming thing but I gotta say, it's RELLY hard to live in this part of the country and put too much stock in it.

Current temp: 3º F.

Now, to go make sure the fridge is stocked before the next pummeling...

As happily as possible,
Emily

4 comments:

Inalee said...

The snow is pretty, however, I don't miss it. Maybe just a little. What happened to the scarf for Sophie's doll? I'm glad you all are safe. I love the pictures of my girls. Lot's of love.

the_storie_goes_on said...

oooo snow is one main reason why i dont like living in the miswest. christmas day the snow was up to my thighs.. i can say it was quite the challenge to walk through it.. though i cant say i didnt have fun... but now.. NOW i just want it to go away!!

susie said...

Wish I could help take some of that snow off your hands, we haven't had any in St. Louis yet this winter. Keep warm, drive safe, keep your pantry filled with all the good stuff. Happy New Year!

elliott said...

hey girl,

That is grim--lovely to look at--not so much on the end of a shovel!
We too have not had that much snow here yet (odd, that Canada--stereotype of trapper's and settler's hip deep is almost snow-less..at least in Toronto proper--outlying areas are getting 'walloped' as my dad would say!)
Hope you are bearing up ok--best to hunker down with some cocoa-- and a sack or two of marshmellows! love,e