Friday, February 15, 2008

They've had a record snowfall this year...
So I dedicate this post to the folks of North Idaho, where I used to live...

I remember winters up there very well. I remember trying to drive a cab in total white-out conditions. I remember so much snow on the rooftops, that when the snow was pushed off, it piled up, to the bottom of the roof. I remember freezing, slipping and sliding everywhere I went. I remember getting home from work and my hands would be so cold, I'd have to sit in front of a forced-air heater for 45 minutes just to get them warm again.

I remember frozen pipes which turned into bursting pipes, and the exorbitant after-hours fee the plumber charged me for fixing them. Winter was fun (sort-of) when I was a kid, but basically over the years, "snow" became just another four-letter word. And I don't miss the snow at all. So, it is to you, North Idaho Residents, that I dedicate this post (and the bird picture below, even if this species doesn't wing its way over your part of the country...)

Even the folks over at www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/hbo are still trying to dig their way out...
You woulda thot I'd be suffering from some sort of snow 'withdrawal' symptom, since after all, not a North Idaho winter had gone by that the white stuff didn't fall...well, right now, it's 54 degrees above, the sun's out, not a cloud in the sky, and I'm finding I don't miss snow one iota. Not one single bit. Nope, not me. But I feel your pain, North Idahoans. From afar, that is. Don't give up hope...spring will arrive soon.
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I still keep a broom in the back seat of my car; I used to use it to push all the snow off my car up thar in Idaho. Just in case there's ever a snowstorm (or, indeed, over an inch of snow) down here on the Oregon Coast, I'll have it handy. Be prepared, I guess...

3 Comments:

Blogger Dogwalkmusings said...

You know, all things considered, it hasn't been a bitterly cold winter though out here on the prairie it often seemed like it with the 50 mph winds!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Silver Valley Girl said...

I love winter. Maybe because when I lived in Eastern Montana in the mid to late 80's it was during a drought, and we didn't get much snow. Then we moved to Meridian, where it snowed one day, and gone the next. I love it when the snow comes and sticks around for a couple of months. But, I must admit, the snow is much more appealing now that I have a garage that is attached to the house. Our old house here in Kellogg didn't have a garage at all and those cold mornings weren't much fun. Funny the things we are thankful for in life...but these days, for me it is the garage.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Hi, Ms. Dogwalker...Yeah, I do believe a 50mph wind would be a quite drastic effect on the ol' chill factor...brrr...

Hey, Valley Girl...I came to see snow and ice as unnecessary complications to how I like to live my life...it just kinda got hard to endure that stuff after 40 years...! Yeah, a garage would be a good add for the winter...although, it's one more building with snow on the roof that you gotta clear off 'fore it collapses...

12:04 AM  

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