And this stuff, too? Yeah, Mr. Barefoot is not taking very good care of his grill this year.
THIS is the way I remember winters from my childhood. Tons of snow, cold as...well, we will just leave it at pretty cold, and all sorts of crazy windchill factor talk. Trash bin on left shows actual snowfall. Trash bin on right is under the garage eaves.
I mean, this is the way it is SUPPOSED to be. I remember when boots and snowsuits were FASHIONABLE. Well, not really....but they were a definite necessity! Notice how the snow in the yard is level with the top step going into the house? Yee haw!
Today, like a typical MN native, I did not let the crappy roads and low visibility stop me from running all over three towns to run errands. Of course, I think I invented a few cuss words while I was driving (NOTE TO ALL MN DRIVERS: IF IT IS SNOWING AND THE ROADS ARE BAD, PUT YOUR STINKING LIGHTS ON!!!!! NOONE CAN SEE YOU OTHERWISE!!!!!). It was the kind of driving where you cruise along at 40 MPH on the highway and figure you are doing fine if you aren't hearing the brrrrrrrrt of the rumble strip under your tires.
When I got home, I shoveled....and shoveled.....AND SHOVELED. I only have half of the driveway done, but I am quitting for the day. I worked last night, and even did some Tai Chi (fun stuff, that), and I am worn out.
I am thinking about moving somewhere a little warmer. But then I will have to worry about tornadoes or hurricanes or having the entire state just crash into the ocean. Worse, I might have to deal with alligators or big spiders. Yuck.
No, I figure I am a MN lifer. I will be doing the penguin walk across icy parking lots until I die. I might even start storing up old folk stories now so that I can get all the wrinkles worked out of them before I am old and need them. Can't you just hear me?
"You think this is cold?! BAH! Why, I remember back in the winter of Oh Eight....."