Other than lots of snow and cold, yeah. My springtime version of this list was such fun, I couldn’t resist trotting this idea out once again. Whiny excuse alert: Though my post idea isn’t thought provoking, witty, useful, or original…in my defense I’m closing on my house of ten years tomorrow, I’ve been cleaning said house all day, and my dinosaur of a computer is acting up at my temporary, one-bedroom apartment housing. Four of us are living there together. Cozy!
1. The only vehicles on the road busier than the snowplows are the tow trucks (see number 3). Scads of medium-sized snowplows, great big snowplows, and itty bitty snowplows in evidence today. Those last mentioned are called “snow blowers” and can be used to clear driveways. No such luck, we have a shovel.
2. Cars have a marshmallow-like covering in the mornings. It’s a courtesy to scrape it off before you hop on the freeway, so it doesn’t blow off into the car behind you, obscuring their view. At least scrape the windshield clean…you’d be surprised at how many don’t even get that part done.
3. Traffic is slow because people are rubbernecking at all the cars in the ditch. I saw a dozen today, four within about 100 feet, amazingly none had hit any of the others. Two upside down and one balanced perfectly on it’s side. My city’s motto isn’t “Big Wild Life” for nothing.
4. Everyone looks about forty pounds heavier with all the puffer coats, big boots, hats, and gloves. No, it’s not a good thing but it’s warm and sensible and what choice do we have? At least boots are fashionable these days….
5. You won’t see or speak to your neighbor for the next five months. A former neighbor was expecting, gave birth, and had a boy in a stroller in spring. I said, “And who is this little critter with your son, X?” “Oh, that’s my son Y, he’s four months old.” Yes, an embarrassing little episode in the life of the Last Frontier Gardener. I had no idea because it all occurred during the winter. No, we don’t linger outside and visit. A quick dash to the mailbox or grudging bout of shoveling about covers it.
Don’t worry. Twenty years experience driving in this mess served me well today. Only one close (very close) call with a blue minivan. She had a cell phone and was drifting into my lane (and my car). A friendly little toot with the horn took care of that.
Is it winter? How do you know it’s winter where you live?