#SOL19: To Celebrate or NOT!

Embrace it!

Be joyful!

Enjoy it!

It’s inevitable!

It’s only mid-February!

More snow coming tomorrow!

We’ve had 16 snow/winter storms that have been names.  That means 16 storms that have affected two million people or more.  So they are NOT just local storms.  They don’t fade out after “the big dump”; instead they hang around trying to create new records for the longest snow, the coldest snow, the deepest snow, and the dubious

The Most Snowfall in the Winter!

We now equal the Fifth Snowiest winter in the history of winter records.  More than 40 inches of snow.  A lot of snow.  Snow that looks pretty . . .

for maybe the first five minutes.



Go away!

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Snow that might be enjoyable in the right company:

snow people

snow kids

snowy kids

snow shoveling kids

snowy grandkids.


some days pretty,

some days annoying,

often creating travel hazards.


almost daily


for the deluge.




and endless.


a challenge

to navigate

on foot or on wheels!

Are you celebrating this wintery “white stuff”? 

Or are you ready for it to end?

What’s your current take on the weather?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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24 responses

  1. I have lived in snowy climes, and know how it can be annoying and dangerous…but after the rollercoaster of a “winter” we’ve had here in Texas, I’m a little envious. I long for clear seasons again!

    1. Seasons, please get in your lanes! Quit this overlapping. It’s confusing! YES! that’s part of the difficulty!

  2. We haven’t had a lot of snow this winter in my area (central NC) although we had a big early one and might get one in March or April! I think if I’d lived through as many winter storms as you have this winter, I wouldn’t love snow any more. Your reflection somehow
    made me think of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, waking up and thinking the world was ending on seeing snow for the first time. Of course the flip side is fearing the world will end on being buried by snow -!

    1. The mix between admiring Mother Nature’s creation and wondering if she’s bipolar this winter and is just making us appreciate her more??? Hard to understand!

      What is this stuff that falls from the sky??? Good connection to Scout!

  3. It’s hardly fair for me to comment since we’ve had a very mild winter here in the South. We haven’t even had a hard freeze. I can only imagine that much snow, and I know I would get tired of it, but only after a day or two. The beauty of it can be magical, especially when it’s so rare here.

    1. Margaret,
      Now I’m thinking of a “hard freeze” – pretty sure that means the bayou never freezes ! LOL

      1. Hard freeze means it stays below freezing long enough to kill the outside plants. Ha! No frozen bayou ever.

  4. I can’t even imagine! A friend in Kansas was just asking for indoor recess ideas after so many days indoors. I do NOT miss winter. I hope it ends soon!

    1. Thanks Erika – It seems endless right now! Oh, my! Some days the kids have barely been at school . . . not a lot of recesses!

  5. I feel your attitude! We haven’t had much, but I am all in for one good snow, then bye, bye, bye!

    1. The weather channel spent five minutes explaining how we only had two inches in November and December so we aren’t that “far ahead” in total accumulations. Turn off that faucet any day, please!

  6. The west coast does not have to deal with anything like you all. We fall a part when we have multiple days of rain! The kind of weather you face seems to make for positive outlooks and strong constitutions. Or maybe that’s just you! Hoping for clear snowless skies soon!

    1. Julieanne,
      Our creeks were flooded last week when we had one “thawing” day. We so desperately need a pipeline to share the excess. Flooding is alternating with huge snow piles.

      Hardy constitutions, oh YES!
      Individually – each snowflake is a miracle. Collectively, a nightmare!

  7. This has been some winter and it’s not over yet. I know that I have complained about the weather a few times (including a bit in today’s post) we have seen nothing like what you have. Our forecast for tomorrow is 2 -7 inches changing over to sleet and freezing rain. Stay warm ad safe, Fran.

    1. We had freezing rain two storms ago (2 inches thick) and now again for this weekend! What an odd winter!

  8. No blockbuster storms here in CT, yet! I am OK with it! I am ready for spring- to see the buds on the trees and to retire my long winter coat! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Our trees will be barren if we have ANY buds in the next two months. Enjoy the calm!

  9. We’ve been spared, thus far, in Massachusetts. Knock on some Eastern White Pine, I guess. Your frustration shines through the slice perfectly, Fran!

    1. So interesting as weather is one of the few thing over which I have NO control, but my reaction to it often CONTROLS me! (Racing to the store today BEFORE the next onslaught)

  10. After a dismal winter last year, we here in Colorado are celebrating the heck out of a snowy winter this year! I hear you, though – winter sure brings its share of challenges and beauties.

    1. Yes! I saw a cartoon image of Mother Nature’s roles: we celebrate when it matches the beauty and fun but are so quick to judge when it drops to all the challenges!

  11. While I enjoy a good snow day, I’m working on a big project right now. Since I’m working on it from home, this means a snow day with both kids at home means I don’t get to get my work done. So, it’s a double-edged sword!

    1. Stacey,
      Ah, yes, the DREADED plans
      and the upheaval caused
      when Mother Nature
      Whether expected or not,
      The BLAST,
      and all of its ANTICIPATION
      causes HAVOC!

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