What a Difference a Year Makes

The Christmas Present from Mother Nature 2009

As of today we have our first winter storm of the 2010/11 winter season bearing down on us.  It really is interesting to note how different this winter has been compared to the winter last year.  By this time last year we had already endured over 32 inches of snow on the ground.  I had personally shoveled several hundred pounds of snow, and helped our neighbors get their van up the hill we live on and into their own driveway.  On Christmas morning last year my wife and I had to dig out a path through four and five foot high drifts to extract our van out of the garage.  This year no such undertaking has been required yet.

I have never once personally used a snow blower to clean up our property in all the years I have been alive.  By the end of last year my will was certainly almost broken.  So the mild winter we have had so far is a pleasant respite obviously.  One thing is certain about the weather around here though.  Keep your shovels , and your boots at the ready because winter will rarely go out with such a whimper around here.

How is everyone else coping with the winter in their part of the world?


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

6 Responses to What a Difference a Year Makes

  1. toemailer says:

    I actually just tweeted today that I hated to speak so soon but so far, in the Montreal area, we are actually having a mild, not too snowy winter. Just three years ago we had a near record snowfall and it was awesome. This aint bad either, kind of the two extremes, and as I get older this type is nice, ooomph, not much shoveling lol.

  2. Living in Australia and it being summer time, I haven’t been snowed in. However, it snowed in the Eastern States and also in Tasmania…in the summer time!

    On winter snow: I have a friend in Iowa. She informed me that snow came late for her town this year and that they had spring-like weather when it should have been quite cold. The snow had melted.

  3. I’m experiencing my first cold winter – I grew up in Africa and have lived for the last 12 years in the south of France. I now live in Toronto. By Canadian standards it isn’t very cold (-8 yesterday) with about 10cm of snow. The dryness of the air is the weirdest sensation, the cold turns into a kind of heat if you close your eyes and feel it on your skin.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      That is a very interesting perspective 🙂 I’ve always wondered what someone experienced that has lived in warmth most of their life…stay warm

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