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The Blizzard

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We are to be getting a Blizzard of Armageddon proportions today.  You know the type; the media is in a frenzy, the stores are packed and you have your rations of milk, eggs and bread.

I often wonder what are we to do with this milk, eggs and bread.  Is the staple meal with a blizzard, french toast.  Why wouldn’t we just have our normal groceries in the house and just eat our normal menu.  I am very glad in times like this I am a caner.  I can open a jar of soup, or meat to make a meal.  Very handy to have in situations like this.

So there is this hype and frenzy in the air with a storm.  Mind you not one flake has fallen yet but a big percentage of the schools in the state have already closed.  A major metro school district, St Paul, is closing at noon.  That floors me- these predictions better be good.  We are still in school but the school closings are getting closer and closer to us.  We are now seeing schools within a 30 mile radius are closing.

I don’t know what to think.  An old fashion big ol’ blizzard would be fun.  Watching the snow get higher and higher is exciting to watch.  No one has to leave tomorrow so we would be safe.  We have our bread, milk and eggs.  Then there is this practical adult part of my brain that is saying NO we don’t want this.  Our cars will be covered in snow.  Then we have to shovel this snow.  As soon as I am done shoveling the plow goes by and makes a wall that is waist deep that we now have to shovel through.

So we wait, and we wait.  The electricity in the air of anticipation is almost to much.  Technology is such that we can text friends and family far and near, “Is it doing anything by you yet.”  Yes that childlike part in my soul is ready for a big Minnesota Blizzard.

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WINTER poem

W-wind whipping from the west. Howling like a train and shaking the walls of the house. 

I ice coating the streets and sidewalks. Ice painting designs on my windows. 

N nose and toes frozen in our boots. Can I feel my ears or fingers nope.

Ttrees swaying from side to side in the frozen wind.  Just about hitting the door wanting to be let in. 

E- everything white and coated. Looks like frosting on a cake over everything

R- ready to run far away. Away where the sun is shining and we can feel the warmth

SNOW

2013-12-04 13.43.20Living in MinnSNOWta we all knew it was coming but every year we pray and try to pretend that maybe the snow won’t come. Maybe the snow will wait till after the 1st of the year. Are we nuts…probably. I have to say a first snow is pretty it is that beautiful Christmas card scene. Then you go out and drive. Yep all pretty images are gone just cold fingers, cold toes, and maybe a curse word or two. Getting ready for winter and snow is like getting ready to have a baby. It is winter nesting. We get together the boots, snowpants, hats and gloves and pray we have pairs and they still fit. We make sure everything is picked up in the yard because you won’t see it again until till probably April.
Well the first storm came yesterday. We got the snow and then the blowing winds. Living out in the prairie the wind is horrible. It whips across and creates drifts that can be as big as a car. The drifts make the roads impassable. So today was the first and probably not the last 2 hour late start at school. Oh the kids love that. They still wake up at 6am but have 3.5 hours to waste before school. Today was TV and outside play. My daughter was out for about 3 minutes just to cold. My son on the other hand was out for quite a while. Crazy boy.
I know some people like this white stuff and cold but I am in the group that wonder why we live here. We are a hearty group of people, little nuts, but it is that good German and Scandinavian blood you know.
Welcome to winter what ever side of the snow debate you are on. Love it or lose it.