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SNOW is a four-letter word!

January 7, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
It's 11:45, the bottom of my pants are still wet from having to tromp through snowdrifts this morning, after my garage door busted just in time for the next lovely winter storm to roll through.

Why the blazes do I live in this state again?!!

I told myself last year that never again would I subject myself to a winter that refuses to let up. This past fall I received conflicting reports: the National Weather Service promised an "El Nino" winter - meaning mild temperatures. But the Farmers Almanac said it was going to be another brutal and cold winter. Hmmmm... go with the government science organization, or the Farmer pulling it out of the air for 60 years. I know which opinion I wanted to believe. And naturally, it hits me with a face full of snow, ice and -20 below wind chill.

And now I'm paying the bad karma price: right before this storm rolled through, our garage door opener broke, a busted cable hanging off the frame. It won't even let us open it manually. The snowblower doesn't fit through the walkway door, and my little 8-foot driveway courts snowdrifts about that height. And I'm stuck carrying or scooting the little ones through said drifts.

Yesterday, I saw a kid at my daughter's bus stop punching and kicking a snowdrift into submission. Wish I could do that to Old Man Winter about now. (Don't worry, I know Violence is Not the Answer). But I am ready to unfriend the weatherman on my social Web pages if he doesn't give me some better weather news soon!


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