Thursday, February 16, 2006

Snow day...

Some days are just meant for staying inside and sipping hot chocolate. Too bad I would have to go to the store to get some... I could really go for some of that warm, chocolatey goodness right now.

This is supposed to be our big winter storm. We'll see. So far it hasn't been too bad, but the road crews have been pretty lame. I went out to the store last night when we got our first three or four inches and the roads weren't too great. The second round of snow is here now and the roads are going to be a lot worse than they would have been if the plows had been working it hard last night. I mean, c'mon guys, this is Wisconsin...snow isn't a big surprise.

That said, I love/hate the snow.

I'm glad it's coming down. It makes for a nice change. It also makes the Winter Olympics seem more fun. It's a bit easier to get into the whole winter scene when there's snow outside.

It also gives our crazy cool neighbor a chance to fire up his snow blower and blow the snow caked sidewalks of neighborehood. How nice is that?

He's about 180 years old and is one of the last old school Wisconsin-style homeowners that I remember from my yute. He's out there every day doing something in the yard or around the house. And he's always picking up any trash - big or small - that blows his way.

That's how the Milwaukee area used to be. Everyone kept their places up and there was never an uncut lawn on the block. That ethic seems to have disappeared with the first- and second-generation Germans, Poles and Greeks that made up the fabric of this area.

I really miss that cool cultural mix. Nobody's Grandma speaks German anymore. And not many people's Grandpas are out blowing the snow off the neighbor's sidewalks.

And in a weird weather update...there was just a flash of lightning and some thunder. What the heck! Will someone please man the controls up there? There's not supposed to be thunder and lightning in a snow storm.

If frogs start falling from the sky, I'm going to run and repent. Thank goodness the Catlick church is only a block away.

Anyway, I think I'll brew some coffee, just sit around, and maybe bust open a book. Oh yeah...and do my best to resist the urge to make 400 blog entries...

7 comments:

Laurie said...

Get this: It's almost 60 here today! In Pennsylvania! In February! But, of course, the warm, spring-like weather won't last. The weekend will be crap, and I'll have to bust out the scarves and coat again....

We have springtime, you have snow, thunder and lightning....What the hell is going on with Mother Nature this year?

tshsmom said...

You got snow, we got -25F. At least we finally have sunshine.

thephoenixnyc said...

I heard you guys got a wicked storm.

BTW, what did I do to offend you that you NEVER come over to SLAA anymore?

Your comments were always among the most interesting on the site.

Laura said...

Yeah, we got thunder the other day too, and little pellets of what I could only imagine were ice-beebees. I like the way snow looks, and I like playing with my dog in snow. But it's a pain to shovel. Now it's too cold here and it won't snow...

Come to Lincoln Square - there's plenty of old German and Greek men running around here.

Slade said...

it snowed last night here about 3 inches and mr. slade and I hooked our 2 huskies up to our snow sled and tried to make them pull us...it didn't work as planned

hehe

Shawn said...

Whacked weather for sure...clearly we're in the End Times!

Nice knowing all of you, but we're definitely screwed now that Armageddon is bearing down on us.

Is it too late to go to church?

joanne said...

Hi Shawn!

I just saw that you commented on my blog! How have you been? Yes, I am back after that fiasco over the summer. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!