“Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.”

The snow started around 11 last night. The flakes were big and wet, the sort that doesn’t seem to have much future. I went to bed really late, around 2, and was awakened not long after by the beep beep of a plow backing up. By then I think there were only a couple of inches. Sometime during the night rain mixed with the snow. This morning I expected a winter wonderland; instead, the snow is pockmarked, crusty and hard. I had to beat the snow to get it off the back window and the trunk so I could bring in the dried dog food. The weatherman says sun later. It’ll take a lot of sun to melt the crusty snow still on my car windshield.

This first storm of the season was a bust though I suspect if it weren’t I’d be complaining about shoveling and extracting my car from behind the tall heaps left by the plow. I think I can just drive my car over the small mound in front of it. I know I don’t need to shovel as I walked out and got the papers without a problem. Looking out the front doorΒ is keeping Gracie entertained. My neighbor across the street is shoveling his driveway, a quick, easy task with so little snow. He just pushes his shovel down to the end then back up the driveway again. Voila! The driveway is cleared.

Birds have been swooping in and out of the feeders all morning. A couple have tried to drink from the bird bath, but it is frozen. I’ll have to go down to the cellar later to find the heater. Yesterday I filled every single feeder and put out the new ones I got for Christmas. The birds should be pleased with the variety and the plenty.

Yesterday I really didn’t do a whole lot. I finished The Panther by Nelson DeMille. I liked it enough, but 900 pages was daunting as the book didn’t read as quickly as the other DeMille’s I’ve enjoyed.Β I started a new book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. My iBook is filled with lots of books to read so I’m happy! Winter is a great time to stay comfy curled up with a book; of course, summer on the deck is also a great time for reading. The breeze is cooling and a good book is enthralling. Then again, we can’t forget spring or fall. each of those seasons lend themselves to reading as well.

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28 Comments on ““Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Just started “Who I am” by Pete Townshend, probably should put on Quadrophenia while I read it.

    In April 72 I made my way to and from Arundel by train and bus in the middle of a work to rule to collect the autographs of the Australian cricket tourists who were playing a Duke of Norfolks Eleven which included Cowdrey, Dexter and Tony Grieg. I met the Chappells, Dougie Walters, Gleeson and Stackpole, Heck I even “ran” into Roger Bannister who also wanted to see the tourists.

    It was terribly difficult to get there and even harder to get home but on that day, the brilliant Tony Grieg lit it up with 96 before Greg Chappell got him.

    Tony Grieg was to Captain the English cricket team. he died yesterday at the age of 66. A great athlete gone and not to be forgotten, a hero from my adolescence.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think you should most decidedly combine the book and the music-that’s a complete experience.

      I have never seen but a few scenes from a cricket match, and I don’t understand how it is played. Sometimes it seems like baseball and other times like bowling. I guess you have to run up and back to score, but that is only a guess.

      It is difficult to lose a hero we’ve had since childhood.

    • Bob Says:

      Thanks for that post. Sorry to hear about the passing of the Captain of the cricket team. I guess he ran out of innings. Almost everything else you said after Peter Townshend was totally unintelligible. Your post exemplifies that we and the British are two people’s separated by a common language.

      If soccer is an extremely low scoring, boring affair, then cricket is an extremely boring high scoring spectacle. I watched a bit of cricket on TV while I was in the UK and could not make heads or tails out of the game. They kept hitting softball size yellow balls to fielders who caught them on the bounce barehanded. I still didn’t understand what was going on even after looking up the rules on Google. I still don’t understand what a wicket has to do with the bowler πŸ™‚

      An excerpt from a BBC sportscast:

      In futbol today:
      nil to nil
      nil to one
      one to nil
      two to one

      In cricket:
      135 to 255 in 75 innings
      397 to 750 in 127 innings
      2 to 875 in 3 innings

      And now on to todays news about the queen, she is still alive. Sticky wicket!

      πŸ™‚

      • Kat Says:

        Bob,
        I think in sports we and the British share different passions. I figure that despite the NFL game in London, few knew the rules except maybe for the downs or maybe even not that. Heck, I don’t even know all that much about the positions and their jobs in football other than the obvious ones.

        If you travel across the US, you’ll find different names for the same thing making even American English difficult to understand if you live here. A friend of mine complained to me that her milk shake had no ice cream. I told her she should have ordered a frappe if she wanted ice cream. She wasn’t from around here.

      • olof1 Says:

        Bob!
        I doubt that even those playing cricket actually understands the rules πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ They just try to hit the ball and hopes for the best πŸ™‚
        Christer.

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer
        This might help
        http://swedishcricket.org/

        see your team down The Oval πŸ™‚

      • olof1 Says:

        Hedley!

        I had no idea that anyone even played Cricket here in Sweden πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But it seems we are not too bad anyway πŸ™‚
        I’m sorry to say that the site didn’t help me at all πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        Christer.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We got more snow than they said we would and it was not fluffy stuff either. My plow guy came at zero dark thirty this morning. I heard him but no way I was going outside to move my car in my jams. He shoveled my walks and steps, too, so I am a happy girl. It was pretty snow. It stuck to the tree branches and outlined them so nicely.

    Rocky got to go free in the back yard this morning while I collected my laundry from the dryer. He doesn’t listen to me too well when he’s out there but I kept close eye on him. He was so ecstatic over all the squirrel and bird smells and the occasional actual bird that he didn’t know where to go first. πŸ™‚

    I just finished Mr Penumbra. It was a fun read. I also just finished the 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out a Window and Disappeared. It’s sort of the Swedish Forest Gump if Forest had had a brain and no desire to get involved in anything if he could help it. It was also a good read if a bit implausible. πŸ™‚

    I have pushed the snow off my jeep and cleared a poopoo path for Rocky. My work outside is done. I shall lounge about for the rest of the day. Enjoy your day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You got the pretty snow-we got the ugly. It wasn’t even enough for my plow guy to come. I’ll just have to snow-plow my car out of the front.

      My other dogs didn’t have the benefit of the fenced-in yard, but they were great off leash. I used to take them into the woods and let them run. If they got too far ahead, they’d stop and wait until I caught up. Gracie, in comparison, is a maniac who runs away if she ever gets loose.

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Mr. Penumbra. No one else I know has read it. I’ll add the other book to my list as well, thanks.

      I will go down the cellar to look for the heater and will probably bring up the clothes from the dryer. They’ve been sitting there a long time. I have a small turkey I’m going to cook, and that will be my day!!

      Enjoy yours and enjoy the view from the window!!

  3. Bob Says:

    The snow that fell on Christmas Day is completely gone since yesterday was warm enough for some people to walk around Costco wearing shorts. The sun was shinning with a high in the low 50s which for me is not weather conducive to wearing shorts.

    When does adolescence disappear? How many more years will it take for my 15 year son old to overcome his adolescence and for my sanity to return? I hate shoveling snow but would gladly exchange a shovel and a couple of heavy snow falls for a few less years of teenage behavior.

    I read once that there are at least 20 different words in Russian for snow. Other than Polar Bears and Penguins they are experts in living with the white stuff and should have at least that many adjectives in their language. They probably have a word for the frozen, crusty, windshield sticking snow, that fell last night. They may also have a word for the soft, fluffy beautiful snow that is depicted on overly sentimental Christmas cards. I have a word for the muddy, slushy, ugly stuff that gathers at the curbs a day or two after the snowfall. I won’t repeat it here since this is a family blog πŸ™‚

    Every spring after the snow melts, several small aircraft that were in route from Texas are discovered crashed on remote hilltops in Colorado with frozen Texans inside. These are the wealthy but low time pilots who attempted to fly to Colorado ski resorts during the winter. I think Texans love going to Colorado to ski because they are snow deprived. They grew up in a place without the white stuff and as adults they are compelled to take extraordinary risks to play in the cold snow that they didn’t have as kids. Like adolescence, if they survive mountain flying in their small airplane and only break their leg they eventually give up on the snow and take their winter vacations on the warm sunny beaches of Florida.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      Nope, the 50’s is still too cold for shorts to me as well. Right now it is warm enough that I can hear all the snow dripping from the roof and tree branches.

      15 is right smack dab in the middle. When I was an assistant principal, I noticed that for boys their sophomore year was usually their worst in so many ways then it got better. There’s hope yet!!

      I love the fluffy pretty snow, and I know exactly what you mean by the filthy slushy stuff along the sides of the road.

      Luckily skiers around here can get their fix by going north to New Hampshire. Mountains there have been open for a while as the high elevations have had several snow storms. This last storm dumped several inches, and I expect the slopes will be filled for the holiday.


  4. I’m surprised that I’d never heard the Marvin Gaye song before, as I’m a Motown fanatic. Would you mind telling me what music player you use and how it is installed? Thanks in advance. Marie

  5. olof1 Says:

    Our snow and ice ground cover is quickly melting away and that makes me happy πŸ™‚

    I haven’t found a really good book to read in a long while now but I would like to get John Irvings latest “One Person”, I’ve heard that its really good. Some of my favorite books are wriiten by him, like The World According to Garp πŸ™‚ and The Hotel New Hampshire.

    Once again I’ve had a lazy day but we were out in the sunshine for quite some time, we weren’t supposed to get sunshine so I’m not surprised that we did πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      It is also quickly melting here. I went out and banged the ice blocks off my windshield so the sun will melt the rest.

      I like John Irving but haven’t read that book you’ve mentioned. I also like both of those as well as Son of the Circus.

      I haven’t done anything constructive today, and I doubt I will!!!

      Enjoy your evening by the stove with your tea!

    • im6 Says:

      I’ve tried and tried and tried to read the new John Irving, but can never seem to make much progress. I’ve been a huge fan of much of Irving’s work and when he’s good, he hooks me and won’t let go. But several of his later works don’t get traction (including “Circus”) and they get put away started, but unread. I fear “One Person” may become such a book. It seems to be going nowhere fast and he seems to be writing the same sentence over and over and over. Good luck if you decide to read it. “Garp,” “New Hampshire,” “Owen Meany” it ain’t!

      • olof1 Says:

        Now I just have to read it πŸ™‚ thanks for the warning πŸ™‚

        Christer.

      • Kat Says:

        im6,
        I guess Circus is an acquired taste but i read it and read it right through. I laughed so many times in some parts-one having to do with a monkey, but the book does take concentration to hold on to all the people and parts.

  6. Morpfy Says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :- ) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Rowen Says:

    This post had me missing the snow. The tradeoff for mild weather year round in San Francisco: not much change from one season to the next. It also had me scouring the bedroom for β€œNilsson Sings Newman,” which I finally found. (Gotta alphabetize things one of these days. Maybe it would be less painful than routing around for minutes on end. Heh.)

    • Kat Says:

      Rowen,
      The snow is pretty when it’s falling and when it first lies on the ground without footprints or the plow, but after that, the snow needs to be shoveled and that’s when it stops being fun.

      I do love the different seasons here, especially the fall when New England is so very beautiful.

      I always have the best intentions of alphabetizing my movies or my CD’s then I buy more and can’t fit them so I have to move several to get them in the correct place.

      That really is a good album!


  8. Thanks, Kat. I have a WordPress account, but have been procrastinating over switching my blog from blogger. It’s one of my new year’s resolutions. Marie

    • Kat Says:

      You are very welcome, Marie. I was ousted from Blogger and had no choice about moving, but I am now happy for that as I do like WordPress. The move is really easy.

  9. MT C Says:

    It is amazing here in the absolute depths of winter. My daughter in law and I went to the Sultan Center (grocery store, mid sized) and people stared at us. I was in t-shirt and shorts and she was in a heavy jacket with fur lined hood. She complained about how cold it was (a mere bone rattling 74F) and I could help but think, “how enjoyable”. She is from the PI. Evening do get a little chilly for shorts, most nights get down into the 40’s, which is nearly a 100 degree change from the summers.

    I think I may be coming back to the States for a month or two. Probably in mid January. Believe me, if I could find a good reason I’d put it off for three months, but things have to get done. I’m wondering whether to chance the cold or not, with this global warming, I’m hoping it might be in the 70’s, but I suppose I’d better not chance it and order a coat to meet me at the airport in MT. I really don’t plan on being outside until I get there (MT).

    Sounds like you are properly enjoying the winter so far. Have a Happy New Year and don’t forget to make the appropriate amount of resolves. That would be enough to keep you busy breaking them until spring arrives.

    Carl

    • Kat Says:

      Carl,
      74˚ of cold! Yikes!! I, however, do understand feeling cold at that temp though not to the extent of needing a heavy jacket or even a jacket at all. In Ghana, during the Harmattan, the days were over 100˚ and the nights went down to the 70’s, and I had a wool blanket on my bed. In the mornings I luxuriated in the cold while my students were layered and bundled. much like your daughter-in-law.

      January can be really cold. I’d have that coat ready as you’re coming from warmth. Your blood is thinner than it was so you’ll probably be cold regardless.

      Happy New Year to you as well, Carl. May it be the best of years!


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