A Woman On The Verge

thoughts and musings of my mind



So it snowed

Actually it snowed twice.  Once was just a tiny dusting of really dry snow then a week later we got hit by inches and inches of it.  My job actually closed for a day, aside from when I was teaching, I have never had an employer close the office.  It was really not safe to drive anywhere that day so it was good thing.  During and after the snow I was out taking pictures. I love the peace falling snow creates, I dislike the wet and cold and so do my cats.  Here are a few shots of the big snow.  Enjoy.


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Southern Snow

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It is snowing here and everyone and the excitement builds as the snow keeps falling; shelves are bare of milk, bread, batteries and beer in anticipation of a day being stranded at home. Now I get the fact that parents want their kids to experience the magic of playing in the snow, but I hate it. It is wet and cold.

Every time it snows here I recall my college days in Bellingham, WA and one of our friends who was from California.  He was very excited the day it started snowing – we were nonplussed we knew what it meant.  He was dancing around singing about how he would play in the snow and have so much fun.  Until the reality hit him, or maybe it was the snow ball, he would have to wear pants.  We had been wearing shorts up until that fateful day. He froze for about a week before his pants arrived from California. We had brought ours with us when we moved in. At least that is how I like to think about how it went down, it has been almost twenty-five years now so things might have happened differently.  Regardless his discomfort was nothing compared to the entertainment value of watching southerners prepare for snow.

My first winter here I learned that a winter weather advisory meant that you must run to the store and buy 20 loaves of bread, a million batteries, 10 gallons of milk and 3 or 4 cases of beer to get you through the snow day. I was very confused, because growing up in Seattle it doesn’t snow that much and we never had that kind of rush to the store, plus the terrain was far more hilly. I still do not fathom the need for all the supplies, but I do notice that many natives make a huge joke out of it now, so they also see the humor of it.

Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the proactive behaviour of employers, the highway dept, and other places who want to encourage resident safety. But sometimes you just need to have something to laugh at.

IMG_2945Like the fact that yesterday the shelves at one grocery store were quickly selling out their stock of bread and the Organic milk was apparently gone too. Honestly I wish we had been this cautious when I was growing up, except I wouldn’t have learned to drive in the snow and ice because driver’s ed would have been cancelled.  I bet we only get a light dusting.


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The Great Snow of 2013

We haven’t had much snow for the past two years and our weathermen have been warning us about snow every winter which is kind of annoying because down here in the south people run to the store to buy up all the beer, bread, batteries and milk that is in stock leaving nothing for those of us who just shop on a regular basis.

So here are a few pictures from this week, from the first few flakes to the total coverage of my lawn.

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Random Musing #1

Does everyone remember when they were young and wished daily for snow during December and January?  If it happened during the school period it meant days off from school.  I remember waking up every morning, peeking out the window, seen the green grass and being very disappointed that it did not snow over night. I thought snow was amazing to play in and just the idea of having days off from school being the most supreme delight.  Oh the joys of being able to play for hours outside building snow castles and snow men or at least dreaming about doing these things since it really didn’t snow that often, nor did the snow stick around for long, in Des Moines, WA where I grew up.

Then I started driving and my perspective on it all changed.  The funny thing is I even took Driver’s ed classes during the winter when it did snow and that didn’t phase me.  It was later when I actually had to go somewhere – to college classes or work.  Keep in mind at this time I was also living in the Puget Sound region of Washington State where it is extremely hilly so getting around isn’t as easy as it is in other parts of the country.  Many streets could be closed due to the fact that they were extremely steep and icy.  I always knew the alternative routes, but they were never faster.   I know I am a cynic about it now, but even here in North Carolina when I hear kids wishing for snow all I can think is – ah youth, just wait until you have to try driving in this stuff.

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