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The snow that isn’t falling

See the pretty flakes falling down the blog?  Now look out my window.  See the miserable people wrapped up against 20-something degree weather.  See their scarves blowing in the wind.  See their red noses, and gloved hands (or red fingers to match the noses).  This is December in Michigan.  So where is the snow?

We are not happy campers around here.  The snowbirds have fled to the south, so presumably those of us who are here choose to enjoy (loosely spoken) Michigan winters.  But at least up until after Christmas, WE WANT SNOW.  What is the point of snow in January, we ask each other.  Or February?  Or March, which is the armpit of the year around here.  Nothing has started growing.  The only stuff around then is grass, since most of the snow is gone, except for the dirty clumps in the gutters and around parking lots, and the grass is brown.  Okay.  So we know that is part of the Michigan calendar.  But falling snow on Christmas shoppers, and the Salvation Army bell-ringers:  don’t the powers that be know that’s part of the picture too?  All the bell-ringers this year have their faces wrapped in scarves.  For all I know the Mafia is manning the kettles.

Since it gets dark around 4:30 here these days (we’re at the western edge of the Eastern time zone), the evenings are fine.  Lighted Christmas tree, nonstop Christmas music, and it’s too dark to see how dreary it is outside.  When it snows, it’s brighter than usual outside even at night because the snow reflects the lights.  Then in the morning light it’s all just like it was the day before.  Bleak.  Freezing.  Snowless.

Grumble grumble.  Yuck.  All you guys happy with what’s going on outside in your parts?

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  1. For the most part. We keep getting blow temps…and then jumping up to 50s. Dh works outside and he’s getting frustrated on what to put on every morning. the weather man keeps getting it wrong.

  2. Well, at least the 50s sounds a little more civilized. We’ve been stuck in the 20s for a week or so with passing flurries, but nothing that sticks, but unfortunately there’s ice. (And where does that come from if it isn’t snowing?)

    Anyhow, it the time of year when a writer’s imagination runs to stories placed in Hawaii. Or Bermuda. Or maybe the South Pacific somewhere. Somewhere warm. And sunny.

  3. LOL Beppie!! Sorry there’s no snow for you. We rarely get an a flake or two, but I do love it.

    Right now the weather is perfect. Cool with lows in the upper 30’s and then the beautiful sunshine has been warming it up to around the upper 50’s. Yeah, I can handle this. Throw in a bit of rain and things get pretty nasty. Don’t like that at all. LOL Hope you get snow real soon!! 🙂

  4. My snow has been turning into ugly gray lumps all week long and I could not be happier. After this past month of trudging through drifts, I’ll take your brown Christmas.

  5. Ah, Melissa — we’re promised some measurable snow this weekend. Good thing — Christmas is approaching rapidly. However, they have spoken with forked tongues before. And Kari Lynn — I have to admit that I long for snow as a city girl, who frowns when the snow plows have not been out. As they have warned us they might not be as much as usual, Michigan being in financial straits, as I’m sure everyone knows. But the west has gotten their share, and more, of the white stuff this fall/winter.

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