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Go away, snow!

February 16th, 2020 at 08:43 pm

It's 40 and sunny. The snow we received earlier in the week is starting to melt so we can see the brown, crunchy stuff we call grass.


It's been sort of a tough winter here in Central Illinois. We've had snow, ice, and below zero wind chills. Then there is the gloom.

Fortunately we have not had the snow storms I remember having in the 1970s. A couple of times they had so much snow pile up, our three lane street in the downtown became a two lane one as they plowed the snow into the center lane as a large wall because there wasn't any place to put it. In high school I think we spent more time at home a couple of years than we did going to school We either had a snow day or early dismissal. I honestly don't miss those kind of winters.

A friend asked me last week, why do we stay here in Illinois? Good question. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I grew up here. I met my husband here. We own our home and have our friends, church, doctors, etc. here. Unless the Illinois legislature continues to add more taxes, the cost of living is probably pretty decent. They've been tax happy and we've had quite a few added. Hopefully it won't get much more expensive.

I'm just glad we didn't have enough bad weather to cause us to lose power, be homebound for weeks, or get in an accident. The beauty of being retired is we don't have to get out to go to work and if it is slick we often choose to stay in until the roads are better. We figure those people who have to be out don't need us clogging up the streets and getting in their way.

The ongoing joke is when the weather forecasters call for snow, the grocery stores are mobbed, and we have had photos showing the empty racks of bread, milk, and eggs. Seriously? I could see if we were going to have a storm that lasts days, but lately we haven't, and I don't get the whole milk, bread, and egg rush. If you aren't using this stuff normally, why the zealous desire for it now? I can only imagine they are making a lot of French toast or something! Perhaps the grocery stores pay the weather folks so they have a "run" on stuff.

Well, I'm glad that white stuff is going away. I know in the movies it's always magic when it starts to snow. What would be magic is having someone come shovel my driveway when it builds up.

So, go away, snow!

3 Responses to “Go away, snow!”

  1. Wink Says:

    This winter has been very mild here in Maryland so far. And last winter too. I'm hoping it stays that way!

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    One time we had a hurricane forecast, and I went to the store - probably for chips and chocolate - and the person in front of me had four half gallons of ice cream in their least my junk food wouldn’t melt!

    My mother worked full time, but was home when it snowed and she always needed a lot of eggs and milk because she loved to bake and she would have time as long as the power stayed on. She kept powdered milk for ‘emergency baking’ purposes. Our actual milk came directly from the farm across the pond, so you can imagine what we thought of the taste of powdered milk. Whole milk now tastes like 1 percent to me - undrinkable!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    How well I remember the winters in the 70's! Both my children were born during those years. I was living in central Indiana, but we had the same weather as central Illinois. Piles and piles of snow!

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