Monday, December 15, 2008


Right now, I am lying on the beach, with my my pedicured feet buried deep into the warm sand, and my drink (water of course...wink, wink!!) sitting nearby. It is about 85-90 degrees, with just a hint of a warm wind. I am relaxed and unhurried, and know that if I get too hot, I can cool off in the lake. Wait a second...too hot??? What does that mean??? I can never be too hot!!! Oh, and I am not really on vacation again, I am just hallucinating from being deprived of warmth for too!!!
Winter has officially hit us in Washington (thanks to air flow/weather from Alaska and Canada) and I am wasting no time whining about it!
It really wouldn't be that bad, if it were only the snow and ice that I had to contend with, but it is windy too...really windy!!! (Ahhhh...the joy's of living in the foothills!) For about three days now, we have had 30-40 mph sustained winds, with gust's of up to 60-70 mph. Unbelievably, our power has managed to not go out, but it is really only a matter of time.
Not to sound like a complete ninny, but it is also really cold for around here. The temps have been running in the teens, and that is before you factor the wind chill in. Right about now, a bunch of you are ready to yell at me and say "You call that cold??? I'll tell you about cold..." but before you do, just remember that I live in Western Washington, and we don't typically get snow. Normal cold weather here is about 40-45 degrees and rain. Trust me, I lived in Illinois until I was 12, so I know all about cold winters, but it doesn't mean that I have to like them!!! LOL!!!
The other sucky thing about the weather is that my hubby is gone. He works for a local county, so when it snows, he is out plowing and de-icing. This year, he was unfortunate enough to get the midnight to noon shift, so we see him for about one hour a day. The overtime is nice, but the long hours take a toll on everyone.
I hope that all of my fellow blogger's are hanging in there too, because it looks like this nasty weather is hitting a lot of us right now.
So, tell me about the weather in your neck of the woods right now. You make me thankful that it is at least -5 degrees outside my house and not -40!!!


Paige said...

well in your home neck of the woods it is COLD. And sleeted last nite and a touch of snow--supposed to get 1-3 inches overnite, but you know that almost never really happens.

There is enough ice south of us that schools are closed tomorrow, all the way down to KY and SE MO.


Fantastyk Voyager said...

It has been sleeting in Albuquerque all day today, hovering around 29-30 degrees. When I came home to the mountains, it's 18 degrees. The wind was terrible all day yesterday so take away about 20 degrees for wind chill and it's been pretty cold!
My son's school is on a 2 hour delay for tomorrow and he's hoping they'll cancel.
Snow is predicted every day this week and I'm already worrying about my final test on Wednesday. If I miss it, I flunk, and sometimes the weather is bad enough that I can't get to town even though ABQ is clear.

Stephanie said...

Okay our "big storm" turned into a "big flop" We got a measly 9 inches of snow far cry from the 22-24 inches forecasted.

But I hear you on the cold weather. This weekend with a wind chill they were reporting a -60 degrees F here. Sunday morning I got up at my usual 3 or 4 o'clock - when my back gets me up - and it was -10 F without a wind chill and the wind was just howling. Our bathroom pipes froze up in the downstairs bathroom.

It's supposed to get colder as the week goes on and its supposed to show some more. We got all three dogs living the house - and are still trying the thaw out the drains in the downstairs tubs. Its just sooo much fun.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh my goodness! Look at Eric biking in the snow. Can't keep a good outside-loving boy off his bike, eh?
My boys used to ride their bikes alot more when we lived on a paved road.
This reminds me of a time when I was a young gal spending the weekend with a girlfriend. Her Mom gave us some money to ride out bikes, through the snow, to the 7-Eleven to buy a gallon of milk.

After we picked up the milk, I got some crazy idea to find out if milk jugs bounce.......

They don't.

My girlfriend was so upset and we had to ride back to her apt. over the ice and snow, while she screamed at me the entire way. I'll never forget that experience ever. Milk jugs do nbot bounce...not even in the snow.

Sounds like you're getting some of the weather we got last winter. Bitter cold, ice-box, gusty windy weather. Brrr!

This year has been much milder so far. We are getting some snow right now, and expecting at least a foot of snow by tomorrow night. But the wind isn't blowing and the temps are not frigid.
It's really quite beautiful and we've putting decorations on our Christmas tree as we listen to Christmas music and watch the snow fall......

New Mexico

Stephanie said...

You know I just realized that I may have already posted that little tid-bit about weather...sorry if I am repeating myself. Busy at work, back hurts so I am having a hard time keeping track of everything.

Natarojo said...

I know just how you feel! I am just slightly north of you on the coast of BC. I'm about an house west of Vancouver. And we NEVER get chills like this! We have a high of -6C during the day time, with the windchill putting it down to -20C. Brrrr! I am okay to contend with cold, but it is the blasted wind I can't stand. I have wind burn on my cheeks from picking paddocks at the barn all weekend. I sure hope the wind dies down a bit atleast. There have been many places without power. Luckily I still have mine.

Reddunappy said...

Ya cold and windy down here in
s,sw,wa to we are by the columbia river so the wind realy whips, brrrr, everyone hang in there!
ya know we are supposed to get more snow wed, I dont mind the snow if the darn wind would stop.

Gail said...

North Central Arkansas: Ice, sleet, ice, cold but not as cold as your home town. School is out. Roads are slick and nothing much can be done with ice except salt.
I am playing hooky today. I have a marvelous helper that lives just one mile from our work so she got called in to pass out the Christmas Spirit today. I am happily blogging in my pjs.
Stay warm.

Cara said...

Rainy. Not as cold as you, but cold enough for Janow in his Austrian winter coat. It has rained enough for Janow to be shut in so he doesnt make deep prints in the clay of his paddock. THe deep prints will hold water long enough to soak in and then the clay mud will be deep enough (8-14 inches) to suck the horsehsoes off!

Train Wreck said...

Not funny! I was packing a bag to come join you!I don't like the cold, brrr I am with you let's find a warm beach somewhere and wait this cold thing out!

Adventures Of A Horse Crazed Mind said...

I am SO with you girly!!!! It FEELS darn cold enough to me! We have not had the snow but the wind has bite!!! I am heading some place tropical, you in? I'll have a margarita waiting for you in meh-he-co (Mexico)!

Melanie said...

Paige-"Ick" is right!!! Glad you made it home ok!

Val-We are having the same problem here, and I am worried that I may not be able to get to my school for finals on Thursday too.

Stephanie-OMG!!! Maybe I don't want to move over your!! Just kidding! I know that you can have some nasty winters over there. Frozen pipes are the worst!!

Lisa-See??? You aren't stressed out!! Maybe I just have waaaaaaay to much on my plate right now. I am hoping that once finals are done and I have bought the Christmas presents, my anxiety level will come down to! :)

Natarojo-An hour west of Vancouver?? You are relatively close to me, aren't you??? So are definitley getting this nasty stuff too! :)

Reddunappy-I know...more snow!!! They say we might get up to a foot tonight in the foothills. I would enjoy it if I didn't need to be anywhere. Guess what?? Today we are having a reprieve from that nasty wind, which is good because it is only 8 degrees out right now. :)

Gail-I wish that I were at home in my jammies right now!!! Think of me while you are!!!

Cara-I saw that CA is colder than usual right now too, and heard that you may get a bit of the white stuff yourselves! Stay warm!

TW-I am awful, aren't I??? LOL!!! I wish I were somewhere warm! :0

Chelsi-I'll be there!!! Keep my margarita cold for!!!

20 meter circle of life said...

IT SUCKS AND I HATE IT. Bundle up they say another blast is cominh in tonight!!!! BLECH!

Andrea said...

I grew up in Ohio, and I don't miss the snow one bit. It was 70 degrees here yesterday. Today it was a big cold, 40 with a mist all day. yuck!! So, I am with ya!! I would love a warm beach. I just couldn't get warm today. I hope your hubby gets some rest and a break from the snow.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

HATE wind. It just puts me in a bad mood, cold or warm, I hate it. I won't tell you our temps here this week, you'd probably kill me:-) but it is muggy and rainy here so it's not all good!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Oh, I can't resist...It was a "balmy" 28 degrees here today. I actually went outside *gasp* WITHOUT my coveralls!! It was a heatwave-LOL.

We get one more "nice" day, then the temperatures are expected to drop to nineteen BELOW zero this weekend. Ummmm-that is the expected daytime HIGH.

Feel better?? hahahahahhaha ;)

Grey Horse Matters said...

We're on the east coast, I'd say almost to New England. We've had some crazy weather, today it was in the high 30's, tomorrow, we're expecting 1-2 feet of snow. Then it seems every other day another storm will hit. We've been lucky until now, just rain. All this snow should make you feel like you're 12 again and living back in Illinois!

allhorsestuff said...

Well...I told the barn that I would help out last week..the owner was to have surgery and the barn worker gal is away for a fam wedding...LITTLE did I know that I an 1(count em) other could make it out face is chapped and I have fallen plenty of times now in the not-so-soft snow. know me...workin with the horseys...makes it worth while even though it's crap is pretty.

anitider = it's the antidote for snow....Ocean tides of warmth!

The W.O.W. factor said...

I couldn't help but LOL! As I was reading all your posts and I could make a wonderful team of Winter Whiners (Winers?)! I too hate winter! Yep, your side of WA has had more than it's share of Winter too! Me on the other side of the what is s'posed to be the Sunny corner...has had record breaking YUK also!!! Glad to know I'm not alone in my feelings!!!