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Getting through the cold times

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Most of you…OK all of you…probably know we got socked with snow and then the “polar vortex” cold this week.  It’s made just about everything difficult.

See the bird resting in the feeder?

See the bird resting in the feeder?

The official amount of snow that fell in the town nearest to us is 15 inches (38.1 cm) but we measured 19 inches (48.2 cm) in our yard.  The majority of it arrived on Sunday which was lucky because we didn’t have to try to get to work while it was falling.

I figured I’d just leave for work extra early Monday morning.  I knew that over a foot of snow would snarl traffic no matter what work the county had done to get roads cleaned up.  The roads in our subdivision hadn’t been touched by anyone other than the residents who used their snow blowers to clean out the road directly in front of our driveways.  And the snow fell all night.  Then the wind began to blow near midnight.

Not selling cars at the dealership.

Not selling cars at the dealership.

Very early Monday Katie and I slogged through the snow in our driveway out to the road to look.  No one had driven on it yet.  I couldn’t tell how deep the snow was…but it looked deep in the dark.  I was apprehensive and decided I needed to drive the truck because it had 4 wheel drive.  Of course it wasn’t in the garage and was covered in snow.  So I started scrapping snow and ice off it…warming it up while planning which route I’d take.  I wanted the route that had fewer hills and curves on my way out to a main road.

About 6:15 in the morning I backed out of the driveway and headed up the road.  I got as far as the next door neighbor’s house and got stuck in a huge drift.  Panicking I managed to back out of the drift, back into the neighbor’s driveway, then turn around and head back home.  I decided I wasn’t going to try that again, and called in to work at 6:30.

Bird bath.

Bird bath.

My husband emerged from the bedroom about 7:15 and asked me if I had tried to go to work.  I told him I did and got stuck and I wasn’t going to work.  He said we should be able to make it out of the sub.  I said no way.  He said let’s try.  So we did.  We went the other way and plowed through smaller drifts, eventually making it out to a main road, then to the freeway.  I arrived at work on time at 8:30…after all that, and before just about anyone else in my department.  Many people couldn’t get in at all.

Tuesday the Polar Vortex arrived.  Husband drove me to work again because it was -17 F  (-27.22 C)and the roads were still bad.  I was wearing many layers, including my running tights under my dress pants to stay warm in the building that is essentially glass.  It was a long day, though more people made it to work.

Tracks of something hungry.

Tracks of something hungry.

When husband picked me up from work that evening we stopped at a restaurant across the street from the office for a quick dinner.  It turned out to be very quick because just after our food was served the power went out.  We ate in the relatively romantic light of overhead emergency lights, and they comped us the meal because their credit card readers didn’t work.  The commute home was long because the wind was making the roads slippery again.

Wednesday morning the temperatures were more reasonable, still negative…but not so terrible.  We actually made it to double digit temperatures in the afternoon…on the positive side!  I drove myself to work, but the roads were still slippery and it took me an hour and a half to get there, and an hour and a half to get home that evening.

The stress of bad commutes and understaffed work days is wearing me out.  And to top it all off we have to work five whole days this week!

By the end of this week we’re supposed to get rain.  That never makes the commute any easier…but I’ll take it over more snow.

The bird seed is stored in here.

The bird seed is stored in here.

Katie says she wants to go to the park and I have to remind her that the snow is deeper than she is tall.   There’s a cartoon on Facebook that says something like “I’m tired of winter, next season please.”

It’s early in the winter, but that’s exactly how I feel.

Layers.

Layers.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

28 thoughts on “Getting through the cold times

  1. Yes, it really can wear on you. You , more than anyone, need a stretch of warm, sunny days. Hope you get some soon.

    This will be a winter storm that people talk about for decades……like the blizzard of ’79. I’ll never forget that one.

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    • Blizzard of ’79? Mommy doesn’t remember that one — she was two.

      Could you imagine if in the photo above where it says — tracks of something hungry — if those tracks were dinosaur tracks. GULP. That’s a scary thought!

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      • I was almost nine, and living in chicago at the time. Ironically, my husband was living in Chicago that year too (even though we both were raised mostly on the east coast), and he remembers the blizzard too. They even sold tshirts saying “I survived the blizzard of ’79”.

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  2. Hope it’s warmer and sunnier soon for all of you!

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  3. you are so committed or maybe should be committed 🙂 🙂 🙂 There is no way I would risk even going outside with that much snow let alone try going to work. You are one brave soul that is for sure. Of coarse they say when all the snow melts there is going to be a lot of flooding.

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  4. Y’all in Michigan truly make us all look like sissies!

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  5. Wow! Better you than me. 😉

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  6. Uhm—you might want to read this: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-schmich-met-0108-20140108,0,1778672,full.column ( The great Chicago winter of 2014: When it was OK to stay home) for next time! I’m not sure what your work policy is but even if it isn’t great I think sometimes you have to channel your inner wimp and stay home.
    It has been exhausting!

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    • I had my inner wimp channeled on Monday but husband messed that up! I couldn’t read the article because I am not a ‘digital member’ but I think it’s an excellent idea to be a wimp in selected situations.

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  7. Sorry to admit I laughed when I saw the last picture of you all bundled up. We look just the same! We shall survive! We’re Northerners!

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  8. It might be early in the winter, but winter for us started mid-fall. It’s been a long season. We are actually thinking of Florida – nearly blasphemy for us 😉
    Glad that you’re making it through this week. I am sure it’s been tough with the mountain of snow and then the temps that make salt useless. Fingers crossed that the rain doesn’t just makes things even worse!

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  9. Dawn, I sooo sympathize and thank everything that’s holy I’m still in Mississippi! Dallas enjoys walking outside — it’s cold, but no snow — and I’m grateful we have power and sunshine. Maybe we can send a bit your way?!

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  10. With the winter you’re getting, I too would be ready for the next season. We have been blessed with an easy year thus far – snow in the forecast, but no polar vortex and the snow will probably not amount to much. Might even end up rain. I’m wishing for sunshine and warmth for your part of the world.

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  11. I was feeling properly sorry for ourselves yesterday when my sister told me it was 8 F in North Carolina. The good part is she no longer has an excuse for not visiting me in the winter. The really good part is that it’s going to get a whole lot warmer tomorrow.

    I like your fashion statement. I favor a bright red down comforter with a hood, myself, worn with purple turtle fur and tall boots over wool socks. (Not tomorrow of course. Tomorrow I will wear shorts on the beach.)

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  12. Brrrrrr! It has been cold and brutal here too, of course, but not as cold and snowy as Michigan it seems. Today is a different story. Raining all day but the thermometer says 54 degrees as I type this comment! Hope your snow is melting too and that next week is a better week! 🙂

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  13. Thanks Karma! I hope you have a great weekend and a good week next week too!

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  14. Someone just recently mentioned how HARD it can be to live in the north during the wintertime. It sure can be. This recent “polar vortex” was not fun. Yet how many interesting stories came out of it! Hopefully the temps continue to moderate for a while.

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  15. Bowsers, I heard it got so cold that Hell froze over. Then of course, you’ve probably heard of Hell, Michigan before.

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