Winter is Coming (Queue Ominous Music)

Lightening in the SnowIt would seem that winter is indeed on it’s way here in the northland.  And after last year’s onslaught, I have to admit to being a little bit worried about it.  We had major blizzards in March and April of last year, which made for a very long spring. The picture at left is of our dog in one such storm.  You can almost make out the snow bank behind him.  It was a snow drift that extended 3 feet above the top of our steps.  All in all, about a 6-7 foot drift.  And when the snow melts?   The river that is across the street was at almost 3 times it’s normal level.  Many of the neighborhoods in the area had sandbag dikes protecting them from flooding and we were in constant danger of the extra water overwhelming the sewer system and leaving us without a sewer.

So, it is with some trepidation that I anticipate winter.  That, and I don’t much care for the -20 temperatures.  Or the -70 wind chills.  Or the feet of snow.  Although the snow wouldn’t be so bad if the city would plow the roads.  It seems that more often than not, they wait for the snow to stop and get completely packed on the road before they plow.  Last year, at the peak, there was a step up from the curb to the street “surface”.  That”s at least 5 inches of build up.  I’ll give them some credit, as last year was a heavy snowfall year, but it’s pretty similar on any other year as well.

Here’s to winter, and here’s to spring, which is always welcome!

Is it Spring Yet?

It’s been overcast and windy here all darn day.  And by windy, I mean North Dakota wind.  Constant 10-15 winds with huge gusts.  Hasn’t done much in the way of rain or snow, but it certainly has looked like it all day.

I really, really want spring to show up.  It’s been a long winter, or at least it seems that way when it’s on its way out.  Already, some of the bulbs are pushing their little leaves up out of the ground. They got snowed on last week.  That’s what you get for being ahead of the game I guess.

Whining aside, we have had a few days of spring that were quite enjoyable.  Connor loves to color so we bought him some sidewalk chalk and he has spent several hours outside making the sidewalk a mish-mash of colors.  Then it rains and washes it all away and gets it ready for another coat!

I really want to barbecue too.  We have once or twice this year, but each time it was more of a cook it outside and only go outside to check it when you have to.  I want to be able to sit outside while the food is cooking and even eat it out there if I want.  Without a coat.

Even as I say all of this, I know there are those in the southern hemisphere that are preparing for winter.  Sorry guys and gals.  I still want my spring though.