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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
So it's December and up north, north of the equator we're beginning to chill down pretty good. Some places are getting their first snowfalls while others are already buried in the fluffy white stuff. Do you get snow where you live? Or have you lived where it snowed at some time in your life? Do you like it? Hate it?? Or wish you could have snow where you are???

I'm easy on this one. As long as we can all stay home I love it. I worry when hubby has to drive to work in the snow and even more if I have to drive it it. Not so much for the roads being slipper but for the goofballs who go blasting by everyone because they drive an itty bitty car with 4-wheel drive...lol Those are invariably the ones who are upside down in a ditch somewhere up the road. When we get snow, which is most years, I love the quiet it brings and the sound of the snow packing and crunching under my feet. Then the sparkles that glisten from the fresh fallen snow when the sun comes out. Plus it makes everything look so clean and fresh...until it thaws. What a mess it is then!

What's your take on snow?
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   

I used to appreciate snow more. And granted on some days there's a quiet beauty when the sun is glistening on fresh fallen snow. But mostly I hate having to shovel it, as I've got no one else to do it. I grow weary of having to bundle up in boots and gloves and such, and now I put on my back brace if I have to shovel much. I grow weary of having to clean the car off just to drive to the store (I don't have a garage). So if it snowed for maybe a month I'd be ok with it, but after the first few snowfalls, it loses any magic for me! Too much work!

The one thing that I do love is when Lake Erie freezes. On the practical side, that means less lake effect snow! But since I live very close to the lake I can hear it when I walk out the door, but the first day I walk out and the dunes have formed and you can no longer hear the waves lapping or pounding there's complete silence here. That's a special time. Unique.


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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I absolutely hate winter!!!. I don't know how you shovel snow anymore PaLady. The last time I did it two years ago I paid dearly for it and haven't done it since. My husband just got a used Toro snow blower yesterday for $125. We couldn't really afford it but even he was sore last year everytime he had to shovel. He's used one like it before and said that I will be able to work it too. I know your finances are tight PaLady but maybe it would be cheaper to buy a used snowblower than to pay someone to dig you out year after year. Wish Santa would bring you one!

Our goal is to move South after he retires especially to get me out of here cause like the rest of you the weather plays havoc with my pain levels. We went to Florida a few years ago in January, it was in the 60's there and when we came home it was -10. When we got in the house we just closed the curtains and tried to ignore it but when the furnace never shuts off you know it is cold out there. There went our natural gas budget.
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   Posted 12/8/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   

I LOVE the snow....but do NOT miss it!!  If I need a snow fix we drive 2 hours to Flagstaff!  Its pretty to see but in the condition I'm in its hard enough staying on my 2 feet on dry ground.... the slippery stuff would be dangerous for me!!  Many reason why I love Phoenix!!!!


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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was young the more snow the better, but now all I want to see of it is around X-mas. A few years ago we had a 6 inch snow fall on the 23rd and by the afternoon of the 24th all of the road were in great shape. It stayed cold so X-mas day it was still nice and white and pretty out. Other than that it wouldn't hurt my feelings any if it was 75 degrees all year long.

I must say however that I do get a lot of enjoyment out of watching my little one play in the snow and all of the fun he has with it. He is old enough now that we are going to get him a sled for Christmas this year and I am going to take him sledding. I am sure that I will pay for that for a few days, but your kids are only young once.
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in Tennessee.  But in a Valley so we don't see too much snow.  I would say we get snow once or twice a winter.  I love the snow and could never get tired of it when it only snows a few times a year.
My oldest dog Elmer LOVES the snow.  If we take him outside the first thing he does is lay down in it and wallow!yeah  Now think of the mess when he comes in the house.  My little boston terrier runs if she nows it is snowing, not run to it but to the bedroom the opposite side of the house to hide.
We plan on moving to Florida so my husband can be with his mother.  His neice and nephew have NEVER seen snow and they are in there twenty's!!!yeah
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
The first snowfall is pretty and all, but then it's just miserable as it has to be shoveled, used to live in Michigan, and Colorado, I'm glad to be in Texas with little to no snow....no more shoveling it, ...
Plus the cold of the snow hurts me to my bones.....
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   

I grew up in a very cold winter climate.  The winters are long, cold and dark.  But I do like the snow love to see the first fresh snow of the season.  Love to wake on Christmas morning with it snowing.

But the long cold winters are too much for me with or without all my med conditions.

So now that I live in an area that does not get snow i do miss it but i could drive 4-5 hours to Mts and have gads of it.  May do that this year.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas  that would be wild if it snowed on Christmas morning here. Stangers things have happened.  :)

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   Posted 12/8/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I enjoy the snow as long as I don't have to be out in it. Our grandkids really enjoy it and like to sled and that is fun to watch. It is snowing today and very cold but I hear on the weather channel we are supposed to have snow and 40-45 mile an hr. wind. Now that will be miserable.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I love snow so much! Maybe because Christmas is my favorite time of year, and its never truly Christmastime in my book without a good white cover on the ground. It really makes the decorations pop :) I grew up in Iowa, so we always had plenty of snow. I remember one year when I was really young, we had so much that my dogs couldn't get outside. My dad went out on his hands and knees and tunneled little tunnels for them. When they went out after that, you wouldn't see them until all the sudden one of them popped their heads up through the snow. All of my dogs have also really loved trying to catch snowballs, but they get really confused once they hit the ground! I just moved to upstate New York this fall, for grad school, and everybody keeps telling me how awful the winters here are. I'm not sure how much worse they can be compared to Iowa's -15, windchill of -20 days, but we're supposed to get hit pretty hard tomorrow so I guess we'll see!!

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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in central Florida. I grew up in south Florida. Need I say more?? No snow----ever. I would love to be in snow just one Christmas. I HAVE seen snow though. I was born in New York and went back there a couple times. I also went to Ohio during a time when it was snowing. But my kids never grew up in snow either. Now that they are adults, they have seen it once or twice through their travels.

I think I would hate to shovel snow. My husband and I are not healthy enough to do that for sure. But I would sure love the cooler temps. At least for a while!! I am tired of the heat every day-- even in December!!

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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
If I ruled the world it would snow during the winter months but none would fall on the roads, parking lots or sidewalks. Much safer that way. Unfortunately no one has made me ruler yet so will have 14" of snow on my driveway when this storm is finally done-bummer. Lisa
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   Posted 12/8/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I like your idea! And please include no ice to slip on, either!

Shoveling I wouldn't do if I didn't absolutely have to, but when you live alone there are certain things you have to do. But fortunately I don't have a long way to shovel. And I use a snow "pusher" rather than a shovel for the deck (where my front door opens) and back the car into the driveway and leave it at the very end. My driveway isn't very long, so I mostly have to shovel a path to the car, and clean the car off. And yes, some shoveling around the car. Whenever possible, I back the car in and out a few times and use it as a plow! If the snow's too deep, can't do that, though. And in really bad storms, my cousin comes with his truck - he does snow plowing on the side. I already owe him pumpkin pies from last year so I'd better get busy! LOL

oops! I guess I posted this thinking I was on the "Snow" thread! rolleyes Oh, well, you all get the point! smilewinkgrin

Post Edited (PAlady) : 12/8/2009 7:58:27 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Snow is nothing but a bunch of cold hearted flakes!
Who likes to pile up on things that we make!
They think it is funny when we bust our rear
Trying to make them disapear!
So innocently they flutter and float down
In no time at all they cover the town
Everything is burried under a thick blanket of white
And who are the victims of this terrible plight!
Tis You and Tis me who suffer the most
The ones at this forum who read all these post!
We are the ones who can't get around
When all of these flakes cover the ground

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   Posted 12/9/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my goodness, White Beard - LOVE the poem!! You are so talented, really!!

Thanks for sharing your talents with us, my friend!
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