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Have I mentioned before that February is my least favorite month of the year? This year, February is even more gruesome than in past winters, simply because this winter has been very serious about being winter.
I guess that really, we've gotten spoiled over the last couple of years, where even if we did get several inches of snow, it would be followed by a significant warmup within the next couple of days, allowing the snow to melt entirely away before the next batch fell. That hasn't been the case this year. Our number of unseasonably warm days is still standing at zero, and the snow that fell in December is STILL on the ground, along with the snow that fell after Christmas, the snow that fell around New Years, the snow that fell in late January, the snow that fell before Groundhog's Day, and so forth, and so on.
The worst part is that recently, we've broken the really darn cold trend just enough to have a few seasonably warm days, where the temps would creep just enough above freezing to melt quite a bit of snow and ice, but not enough to thaw the frozen ground. Our sidewalks, therefore, with the snow of repeated scoopings piled high to either side, have begun to resemble shallow canyons. After these warm days, where the snowmelt has nowhere to go, they become more like lakes. And then it gets cold again. And all that snowmelt freezes. And pretty soon, we're able to go ice fishing on our front walk.
This weekend, we drew quite a few stares as we chopped and tossed three inches worth of ice off of our walks. Most people aren't out shoveling on a 40 degree sunny day. But most people aren't living in a home with its own frozen moat. However, it was a pretty good remedy to the acute cabin fever we seem to be experiencing.
I'll just be glad when this month is over, and we can start with the real wild and crazy weather.
When I was looking for my last tirade against February to link, I stumbled across my other posts from last February, reminding me that it's been just over a year since we lost Grandma K. Nothing like trying to write what you'd intended to be an amusing post with tears streaming down you're face.