Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yucky sloppy slop

I live near the coast, so instead of the 8"-to-10" of snow my neighbors to the west have the pleasure of cleaning up this fine evening, I had the unusual experience of shoveling and salting the sidewalks around the house, part of the driveway, and the stairs...IN THE DRIVING RAIN.

It soaked my coat and hat all the way through. My boots are nice and drenched for tomorrow morning's commute.

I can't recall a time when I have ever shoveled in the rain. It felt like 6" of snow, but was packed down to about 3" of yucky-dirty-heavy-brown-sloppy slop-slop waterlogged snow. Add to that the great joy of discovering that one of my neighbors hadn't scooped up after the dog. Nothing like throwing a nice heavy load with a nice load in it.

Even though it's pouring down rain outside, it's about to deep freeze, so instead of spending 4 hours out there chopping at the ice like I did on Christmas Eve, I decided I'd rather sleep tomorrow morning.

I hate this winter.

I sense that the feeling of sand between my toes, warm sun on my face, and a tropical breeze in my hair will become a necessity in the coming weeks.

Other gems of joy today: the basement has a bunch of water in it, and the dishwasher died for the second time this month. First time was a fuse within the brand-new machine, so I suspect the same issue.

I hate Sears now too.

Other than that, I'm good.

Happy freakin' winter, everyone! Anyone else feeling the same?


Mom said...

Why are all the storms coming this year when Randy is out of town?

ryssee said...

Luckily, I've only been stuck with two storms this year. He's gotten most of the other ones! :-)

Calamity Jen said...

I am SO with you! I'm not a warm-weather person, but this particular winter sucks.

Jenny Harvey said...

You lot over there are not so tough. We have to contend with drizzle!!!

HAR said...

I go through this every year. I hibernate until the weather gets nice.

Kimberly said...

You were smart to do that. The ice down here is out of control because the snow falls, then it warms up and melts a bit, then it refreezes into a lovely sheet of ice - EVERYWHERE.

Seriously, the kids could not go out on the playground last Friday due to ice!?! And you can't get a bag of rock salt anywhere in NJ right now.

I'm SO over it!!

alan said...

Hoping things are thawed and dryer and that the dishwasher is cooperating now!