Day 23: Weather

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There’s nothing we can do about it. I guess that’s why everyone complains about the weather: it’s beyond our control. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. It’s too windy. It’s too wet. It’s too dry. Weather is the one thing we all have in common.

Weather is a great conversation starter because everyone has an opinion about it. You can go from today’s weather, to last month’s weather, to last year’s weather, and really get to know a person. Talking about the weather can also lead to chatting about sports, vacations, best places to live, family, etc.

After the winter of 2009, I SWORE that I would never again complain about the heat or the rain or humidity. And — I didn’t! I COMMENTED. Commenting is not the same as complaining. . .

Us Midwesterners joke that if you don’t like the weather here, just wait five minutes and it will change! You can actually experience snow, rain, hail, lightening and thunder all in one day. Fascinating, eh? With fickle weather like that, you’ve got to be flexible.

The Christmas Blizzard of ’09 started it all last year. We were so thankful that none of our family had planned to fly anywhere or make any long-distance road trips for the holiday.

After that paralyzing storm, it was like Mother Nature thought: “Hmm. They got through that fairly well, let’s see what they do with this! And, THIS! AND, THIS!” Blizzard after blizzard after blizzard! The snow would melt, then freeze. Then it would snow. Over and over and over. I couldn’t get home for 3 days at one point when the main highway was closed due to blowing and drifting snow! Country roads were one lane with 10 foot drifts on either side. If you met another vehicle, one of you had to back up (usually to an intersection) to let the other through.

It was a loooong, cold winter. It actually got to a point where I couldn’t even IMAGINE the color green or the landscape without snow. I think the last of the snow melted in March. Now here we are facing October and clocks falling back. That said, we can still have hot days like the recent 93 degree day, and chilly days like the recent misty 50’s day. Variety is the spice of life – celebrate! C

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