Winter is icumin in.

Sumer  Winter is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu snowplow!

I don't know how much it snowed here.  We are on the northern tier of The Great Blizzard of Aught Ten and probably didn't get as much snow as the Twin Cities; 17" at the airport there and 22" in the far southwestern suburbs. I'd guess we got something in the 8-10" range. The reason I cannot be more precise is that I have not gone out and do not intend to. Smokey is in Minneapolis working doubles and the snowplow is broken, so I am not going anywhere.

Matthew The Invincible emailed me last night about the bike ride he took on Saturday. Actually, he wrote that mostly he walked the bike. Even with those super-fat tires, 16" of snow is a bit of an obstacle to pedaling.

The view from my desk chair.


Usually we can tell how much snow has fallen by the depth on the railing, but it has been so windy that that is not an accurate measure right now. At least I don't have to worry about the roof caving in… like the Metrodome. (When I googled to find a link to the Metrodome story the first one I clicked on was from the India Times site. I guess it is Big News.)

The forecast:

Those are the raw F˚, folks, none of your wimpy C˚ or your inflatable wind chill temps. I knew it was cold when I woke up this morning because it was 57˚ in the house. I'm comfortable in two pairs of pants, a t-neck, a sweatshirt, and wool socks. Plus fingerless gloves and a Calorimetry if necessary. If all else fails I can burn the cats for warmth.

Wait. Don't tell them I said that. I would never burn them. Not enough BTUs in a flaming cat.

I'd burn the dogs.

Wait. They would yield more heat if I put away the matches and strapped one on each side of me. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Okay, Kat™ out. I'm off to find a dog and some straps.

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0 Responses to Winter is icumin in.

  1. Cookie says:

    Holy crap!
    Can’t you trick the animals into cuddling with you? You’ll get their body heat and they’ll think you love them. ;^)

  2. soxanne says:

    With no snowplow you may be burning the cats, the dogs and all of the furniture too…
    As far as the Metrodome, well, all I can say is what a waste.
    I’m very impressed with Matthew The Invincible!

  3. Kym says:

    I thought of you this morning when I heard about . . . THE STORM OF THE CENTURY. . . Stay warm! Sounds like perfect book-and-knitting weather, with a little tea or wine thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

  4. Karen says:

    Hint from the Great White North: Pitch a small tent in your living room. Huddle inside with all animal life in your house, excluding fish and reptiles (which don’t give off warmth; they suck it up). Don’t forget to bring your knitting! 😀

  5. Erika says:

    Man, I heard about that storm… so crazy! Glad you can stay indoors and don’t have to inch barefoot across the driveway or anything!

  6. Chris says:

    LOL! I like Karen’s tip. 🙂

  7. lisa says:

    burn the pets?!?!?!?! (bwa ha ha ha ha!!!) stay warm, stay dry, enjoy the snow.

  8. Mel says:

    Around here we’re just getting lots of raineth drop and staineth slop. Goddam.

  9. Vicki says:

    Yeah, I’m loving the sunshine today, but it comes at a price! Brrrrr.

  10. Laurie says:

    That’s a two dog night.

  11. elizabeth says:

    I’m really loving the imagine of you with all those clothes on and two dogs strapped to you! You could make a hat out of the cats, that’d definitely spice up your day!

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