Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Checking in from the Snowy South

Just a note to let all you snowbound northerners know that you are incredible! I don't know how you do it!!

We had our once-every-5-years snowfall in Texas last night. Before 8am we had built a snowman. By 10am it had melted. By noon, the snow was gone and now it is in the mid-50's.

Currently, the house is a mess with unmatched gloves, boots and hats laying everywhere. I am exhausted! I don't know how you ladies keep track of these foreign objects like "coats" and "hats" on a daily basis!

Also...in our pre-blog days we talked about vaccinations derived from the tissue of aborted babies. Here is an article of interest regarding the development of alternatives: http://www.lifenews.com/nat3768.html


A Simple Sinner said...

You are remarkably well outfitted for quintannual snowfall!

Friends from South Carolina tell me than when so much as flurries start flying, the stores are packed with people stocking up on "milk, bread & eggs"... I am not sure why that combination except perhaps South Carolinians have special affinity for French Toast on snow days?

At any rate, I am informed people can be seen bundled in multiple jackets and are known to have multiple pairs of pants on if forced to go out in some flurries...

You seem far better prepared!

Right Said Red said...

Well here in NJ we have only had one "significant" snowfall all year, and by significant I mean around 3-4 inches. I'm worried global warming may be to blame...but that's another topic for another day. I'm glad your kiddos had fun and that all the snow melted soon after it fell. When it stick around, it gets really messy.

Right Said Red said...

Oh, and the vaccines article was very interesting. I wonder how many doctors will actually purchase vaccines from this particular provider, AND also how hard will it be for parents to get the origin of the vaccines they are receiving. I have had difficulty in this area in the past...

Mary Alice said...

Okay, here's how we do winter, annually:

In November, it starts to get cold before I am ready. After one freezing day at the playground, I rummage around the attic for coats and gloves. I can usually manage to gather a hand-me-down coat for each kid, finding matching mittens is another story. I curse myself for storing away single mittens last year! I may a run to Target or some other cheap place.

By the time it gets really cold in December, I am really regretting the cheap, poorly made, uncomfortable mitten and hat purchases. My kids are always freezing, but they refuse to wear their winter gear.

I get the ski stuff out, time to get serious, and realize that there we do have plenty of mittens, good quality ones. All kids have full snowsuits. I am ready.

January thaw. All that work for nothing.

We may get one or two weeks of good use out of our new, disciplined system before everyone gets sick.

Spend most of February moaning and sulking and cleaning up snot and vomit. Regret having so many kids.
The kids get to go on ski trips. I get to either stay home or pace with a baby in the lodge. It's just as well because my ski pants don't fit my postpartum body anyway.

There is usually one good snow storm in March that makes me love winter, it is not so cold out and we can really enjoy the snow, we make snowmen, we sled, we have a blast. There are wet clothes all over the house and we drink tons of hot cocoa, but it is all so much fun that it is worth it.

Then, we put everything back in the attic and start looking for crocuses!

Around St. Patricks day, it is freezing cold again and I am back in the attic looking for mittens!

Seriously, my life is so predictable, and yet I make the same mistakes every year!

Right Said Red said...


Your thoughts are hysterical! I was laughing out loud as you went through your yearly routine. I make the same mistakes every year as well. It is just so hard for me to buy nice mittens for my kids when I know they will inevitably just disappear.

B-Mama said...

What happened to mittens with strings?? I would love to have my kids' precious pairs feed through their sleeves and just *stay there*!! In the Midwest we need permanent warmth, but don't ever ask the mittens to stick around long enough for a cold, snowy winter! They are so hard to keep track of...