Friday, February 25, 2011

The Contrasts of Winter....

Here in northeastern Ohio, as in so many parts of America this year, we have been hit with winter storm after winter storm. We've had inches of ice, face numbing wind and countless inches (feet) of snow.

Giant puffy beautiful flakes slowly falling to blanket the earth. While we are nestled in the house with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Christmas lights glowing from under that icy blanket. Or a babbling stream as the snow begans to fade into Spring. These are the images we enjoy about winter. Children with rosy cheeks screaming happily as they fly down the neighborhood hill...yep winter can be invigorating and exciting. Horse drawn sleigh rides through central park...ahhh.

Then there is the side of winter that we are not so fond of. As our kids are home for their 7th snow day not to mention countless 2-hour delays everyone has had enough of 'old man winter'. The slush, the icy roads, leaving an hour early for a trip that usually takes ten minutes...ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Did I mention the endless snow shoveling! Who needs the gym?! The kids are ready to ride their bicycles and ride in the car with the windows down, hubby is ready to drag race and I am ready to not have to wear a coat (something I loath). Is sunny and 65° with a warm breeze too much to ask? I don't think so!

In summation...I still LOVE living in the beautiful state of Ohio. I still love the changing seasons and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Although I wouldn't mind visiting sunny Hawaii about now!!!

Stay warm and be safe everybody!!


Donna Heber said...


I can sympathize with you regarding the snow and winter weather. It is really coming down here today in the Northeast.

SheShe said...

Scott shows me the weather report from San Diego every morning in an effort to convince me to do the unthinkable and not only return to California, which I swore I'd never do, but actually LIVE there! Can you imagine? I'm with you, though...I've had enough of the cold and am ready for spring!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Now there's a "look" only a mother can love ... and I certainly do!
I just finished clearing my driveway too ... only difference is ... I could wait until it was ALL DONE snowing then fire up the snow blower. Trust me ... if we lived closer I would have been over there doing your driveway for you in a heart beat!! Shoveling is HARD WORK and a WET snow like this one is even harder ... even my big blower was hesitant at times.
Glad you're all done and can now sit with a cup of hot cocoa and just enjoy looking out the window! Mother Nature ... ya gotta love her!!

Amy Johnson said...

Amen! I agree wholeheartedly!

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Girl I HEAR you. And you are a far braver woman than I! I cover up so much you can't even tell if I have a face or not!