I know some people hate it when others complain about the weather, but I really think you need to have experienced this year’s winter firsthand to understand the full range of despair and rage emanating from the state of Minnesota. Winter is just toying with us here. Fifty-degree weather followed by a week of below-freezing temps. Trying to fight rising floodwaters with frozen sandbags. I mean, 99.5% of us now watch the news just so we can telepathically swear at the meterologist. Even hardcore snowmobilers are done with winter, OK? That’s how exhausting and drawn-out this one has been.
This is the view of our front yard. On the left is how it looked on Tuesday after a week of nearly 50-degree temperatures. Is that green grass? Why yes, yes it is! The likes of which we haven’t seen since November. Of 2005, it feels like.
But wait! Not even 24 hours later, it looked like this. That’s about five inches of “annoyance snow,” the cutesy term the weathermen use when it snows just enough to mess with the commute (yesterday’s drive took me two hours and ten minutes) and force you to shovel. This “snow” was especially “annoying” because it had rained first, then turned to sleet, and then added another 3-4 inches of heavy snow. Whereas shoveling a normal, light snowfall feels like the equivalent of shoveling up 50 dry, fluffy towels, this snowfall felt more like shoveling up 50 sopping-wet towels. That had been encased in cement. And chained to the ground.
Here’s our backyard before the snow and after the shoveling. That snowpile behind the deck was once taller than my head. Please disregard our peeling deck. Before we could paint it, we had to replace our leaky gutters, which we did last summer. But now I’m wondering if we bother to repaint the deck at all since we’ll never see it again and have to shovel it EVERY FIVE MINUTES ANYWAY.
I think the thing that bothers me the most is that there was so much green grass, and now: Not So Much. It’s like we were SO CLOSE. Argh.
Forget that whole “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb” nonsense.