A Rare Sunday Blog Post In Which I Grumble Unimaginatively About A Rare Early Snowfall

“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

Oscar Wilde said that, but I say WHATEVER.  I don’t see that dude standing here dealing with weather whiplash like I am.

You see, and I am a bit grumbly about this, after falling back one hour last Sunday we had a beautiful week of sunny days and agreeable daily highs in the 70s. I was running around outside wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sandals.

Life was good, in a warm busy way.

However yesterday *bing bang boom* we had our first snowfall of the season.  This isn’t statistically the norm.  Our first snow usually arrives in December [sometimes as late as January] meaning that I’m supposed to have a few more weeks of autumn.

With a gradual decline in the temperature.

With me going from shorts to capris, then pants.

But there I was yesterday morning scrambling around in the closet looking for jeans and a sweater and boots.  Clothes I enjoy wearing, but prefer to deal with in an organized, systematic way.

Not by throwing open drawers and storage bins, rooting through piles of turtlenecks trying to remember which ones I actually like–and which I ones I tolerate because I bought them & they’re here now.

Anyhow, because I’m sensing that the cold is here to stay and because I’m not ready to deal with it in a mature way, I wrote this rare Sunday blog post.  By talking about the early snow I do realize that I’m avoiding the obvious: that is, I could be doing something productive like getting my winter clothes in order.

But instead I’m complaining.  Not quite whining, but grousing, hoping to find the silver lining in this cold wet unwanted cloud of early snowiness that makes me feel like hibernating inside until next spring.

Which I should not do.

Thus if you see the silver lining in any of this please point it out to me.  Or if nothing else, distract me from the weather with your warm personality and joyful thoughts.

You know you want to.

252 thoughts on “A Rare Sunday Blog Post In Which I Grumble Unimaginatively About A Rare Early Snowfall

  1. I love the snow and winter, and yet I don’t think I can help you find a silver lining if you aren’t a fan of it already.

    However, I am pleased that it caused you to post on a Sunday!

    That Oscar Wilde quote makes me laugh. I find weather to be one of the most wonderful things to discuss. It’s not controversial. It affects everyone. It gives you something to talk about when you have NOTHING else in common with another person. It often acts as a gateway into more interesting topics, like activities people plan to do in whatever the weather is, or what their feelings are about that weather. I love it.

    (We had our first snowfall this weekend as well! Everything is so cold and silent and wiped clean! I love it! Also, my neighbor sent a video of her new puppy experiencing snow for the first time, so that was pretty awesome.)

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    • Suzanne, I’m a fan of winter when it’s supposed to be winter. This snowfall caught me off-guard, so naturally I default to it being the weather’s fault. 😉

      I agree with you that talking about the weather doesn’t seem boring to me because, like you said, it’s not controversial. And I enjoy learning about what other people are doing so if talking about the weather gets the conversation going, so be it.

      A puppy in snow! Oh that’d be a hoot. I’ll think about that instead of what a mess our closet is– and how I should do something productive.

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  2. On Friday night we dropped 25 degrees or so — from 75F to around 50F. I couldn’t be happier, even though I realized it soon will be time to make the change to flannel sheets. As for snow, I’d give anything to see some. People who were here for the great Christmas Eve snowstorm of 2007 (or so) still call it the Christmas Miracle. We get snow about every two years. Did you know you can smell snow before it arrives?

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    • Linda, I like cooler temps and I actually like snow in… December or January… not November. I did know you can smell snow in the air before it arrives– as well as you can experience the change in barometric pressure in your ears. I hope you have another Christmas Snow Miracle this year, it seems like it’s about time for you.

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  3. I, also, do not completely loathe winter – just its length. However, up north of you, here, in Montreal, we have yet to see the white stuff. Which is mighty fine with me because I would be right there with you whinging and grousing. Plus, my garage is still not my own so I can’t even park in there. And I love me my garage! I have Reynaud’s Syndrome so a cold steering wheel causes me much grief. And the cold is here. All week, starting from tomorrow, we’ll be lucky if we see warmer than 37. Sigh.
    And, I must say, those photos show more than an “icing sugar” kinda coating.

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    • Dale, good point. This snow was the *real* stuff. You’re right that it’s the length of time that influences my opinion about snow. When our first snowfall is in December or January I’m all for it– as long as our last snowfall is in March. But starting early like this suggests a very long winter. We have had years when the last snow was in May. I’m sorry you can’t get into your garage right now because they are a blessing in winter. Soon you’ll be back in it… once all the renovations are finished?

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      • Oh yeah. Winter is plenty long enough when it starts in December. I HATE when it snows near my birthday (April). And May? NO. Just NO.
        It’s thisclose to being finished. Which is a good thing because I am outta moulah…

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        • I do feel that there’s a time and place for everything, which isn’t all that realistic when talking about the weather, but I’m going to stick with my premise that there shouldn’t be snow until December. And none in April or thereafter. How I’m going to make this so, I cannot say.

          Glad that you’re almost finished with your renovation. I know it’s been a long haul, saying that figuratively and literally. 😁

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  4. Were you peeking my windows again, Ally Bean? …”rooting through piles of turtlenecks trying to remember which ones I actually like–and which I ones I tolerate because I bought them & they’re here now.”
    You just described a chunk of my day yesterday…we haven’t had snow yet, but it’s in the high 20’s this morning (can you see I’m trying to find the silver lining — who on Earth says “high 20’s” hoping it’s a mood booster?!).
    I can only offer you the camaraderie of knowing I’m trying to figure out why some weirdo scratchy sweaters are still hanging around in my closet. Well, actually, you answered that question. Because I bought them, and they are HERE NOW – just as you said. LOL. Happy Sunday — stay warm! 😘

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  5. We now have about a 20 degree swing from overnight temps to the noon highs, so my closet has pretty much ALL the clothes in it. But we did spend yesterday hauling the tubs of winter comforters and flannel sheets out of the garage, then washing all the summer sheets. We’re still not done washing the summer lightweight quilts/ bedspreads; today we will move the car out again, roll the shelving into an accessible position, and finish packing it all back up. It’s a pain, for sure–and we’re not even doing it in the snow! So you have my sympathies.

    But oh! How lovely it would be to watch the snowfall snuggled up in a comfy chair with a book and some tea.

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    • AutumnAshbough, I see you understand how you have to move seasonal stuff around. When I’m at my best I do that before the snow shows up, but this year it caught me unaware. All our winter bedding is good to go, although we don’t have flannel sheets. You like them, yes?

      Our biggest snow-related mess at the moment is hauling the pots with plants in them from the outside into the garage. There’s nothing quite like lifting a heavy terra cotta pot filled with a geranium that’s covered in snow to test your mettle. It’s so cold.

      You’re right though, watching snow fall, drinking tea inside the house is pleasant.

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  6. Ah, the first bite of winter. You and I probably live in the same general area of the US. Our temps did the same on Friday. I love the 4 seasons, and all of the crazy, crap that comes with it. First thought that fluttered through my mind with the temperature drop, was good it will put a damper on the bugs, and, secondly, my apple trees need the extended cold in order to re calibrate for next year. (Apple trees need so many hours of temperatures below freezing…there’s a name for it.) I do hear you Ally, I you’re not the only person in my circle that doesn’t really love this change. I have to confess however , I do. I have Carhart bibs already in the truck. Since we work outside all year long, I have learned to embrace each season for what it is.

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    • DM, the thing is that I do like snow when it’s supposed to be winter. We’re still in autumn here, so I feel this snow is an interloper. Plus to have the weather change so dramatically in 48 hours makes me angsty. However I’m nothing if not a pragmatist, and like you enjoy all the seasons [at the right time], so I’ll soldier on trying to not snarl too much.

      I didn’t know about apple trees calibrating. That’s interesting and explains why they grow in the regions they do. Not much consistent freezing down in FL, is there?

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  7. We just got a few flakes here, but sure didn’t miss out on the cold. We did get a few inches of snow four years ago (I think on the 15th or 16th), and I got some good pictures of snow in trees with autumn leaves and some very confused (and cold) squirrels…

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    • evilsquirrel13, funny you mention squirrels [well not really I suppose] but I didn’t see even one yesterday. They shut down operations instantly. This snow seems to have surprised them as much as it did me.

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  8. I am east of you so please don’t send that snow our way. Today is our first really cold day (so they say, too early to know if they are right). We are expecting rain (not snow) on Tuesday. Typically our first snow is in mid to late December (with exceptions) so I not ready yet although I’ve been in sweatshirts for a while. 70 isn’t warm enough for me to wear shorts and tees.

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    • Kate, I expect to see snow in December, too, so this early downfall has me miffed. I need to mentally prepare for it as much as getting my clothes ready. We did have a day of rain before it all turned to the white death. Meh

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  9. Ugh nope I got nothing silver. We were supposed to get snow today but it was more of a frost. Now we have wet leaves. Ugh. Well, this too will pass….or our house will be buried in leaves and we will be stuck inside forever. At least then I’ll blog more!

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  10. The silver lining, for me, was having a Sunday post from you! So I am excited about that even though you’re not ready for the snow. I was surprised to see that you had snow because you had just mentioned that you were in shorts and sandals. That’s quite the weather whiplash. It’s tricky to deal with that – no time to acclimatize! Will the snow last, or will your temperatures start to bounce back to fall-ish?

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    • Nicole, you’re too sweet. I kind of like writing/publishing/commenting on Sundays but don’t often do it for no particular reason. Funny how I’ve gotten into a “Tuesday only” rut. To what end, I ask myself. 🤔

      You’re right that I’m not acclimatized to the cold yet. IF Yahoo Weather is to be believed, our highs will be in the 40s this week, lows in the 20s so that’ll be more like it should be in November.

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  11. I am not going to tell you the temperature here this morning, because that would be like rubbing your face in the snow that surrounds your abode. It would be decidedly unkind.

    I will also not tell you what I’m wearing as I suspect that would be equally unkind.

    While I agree with Oscar Wilde, in principal, he lived in a different place and time when arguments were settled with fisticuffs . . . unless the insult resulted in a duel. These days, being unimaginative in conversations with those we do not know well is a much safer course of action than introducing a more controversial topic for discussion.

    Like, let’s say, politics or global warming or abortion or immigration rights or . . .

    Now, I’m not a fan of snowy wintry weather, but freak snowstorms can provide a bit of joie de vivre if we brew a pot of our favorite hot beverage, light a fire, grab a comforter, and hibernate . . . at least for a day to iron out the grumbles.

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    • Nancy, first let me shout *AMEN SISTAH* to your idea that “being unimaginative in conversations with those we do not know well is a much safer course of action than introducing a more controversial topic for discussion.” True, and the weather does a nice job of not being a controversial topic.

      As for not telling me your current temperature and what you’re wearing, thank you. I’d have to snarl at you LOUDLY if you did that.

      Yesterday I went about my day doing what needed to be done, but today, even though much of the snow has melted, I’m going to stay inside, drink hot tea, light a few candles for inspiration, and think happy thoughts about how wonderful it is to live with four seasons. Dammit.

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      • That sounds like a wise course of action, Ally!

        My niece in Lexington KY, facing 33 degree temps yesterday, turned down the thermostat in her townhouse prefatory to lighting a fire in the gas fireplace. Alas, it refused to light which brought her to tears. Such was her disappointment.

        I commiserated with her and I commiserate with you. Her situation, like yours, is “unfortunate.” Happy thoughts to you both!

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  12. Forgive me Ally, but honestly, I am thrilled when it snows and while I know you like it when it’s supposed to be here (and not before), can you simply go with the flow, dance around and enjoy it just a teensy bit? Look at the sugared trees and smile? Maybe even rejoice a little that you’re warm and snuggled at home? Hopefully? Sending warm hugs…

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  13. I can’t distract you, but I can say welcome to the club Ally Bean. It was shocking here to experience the 70+ degree to 32 degree change in just days. This is climate change so I think we have to get used to it. I for one have adapted by keeping all of my clothes out constantly. That meant a major overhaul of my bedroom but I am now always prepared for any weather. Same for foot coverins and quilts. The crankiness will pass I can assure you and you will be singing the praises of your flexibility and speed of adjustment.

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    • Deb, you said it: “It was shocking here to experience the 70+ degree to 32 degree change in just days.” I think that’s my real issue with this snowfall. I’m safe, I’m warm, and eventually I’ll sort out the mess of clothes that are now in piles every the which way. You inspire me with your positive thoughts about how I’m going to be positive again… soon. Thanks

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  14. Weather whiplash is an excellent term for what happened in the Midwest this week. It only flurried here, but it was SO cold after being in the mid 70s on Thursday. I took the tots I sit for to the zoo on Thursday. It was glorious. I REALLY dislike winter, particularly because it means I don’t go on as many outings with my young charges. Then there is the neverending cold that they will all get for the duration of winter. Sigh.

    My silver lining is that my digging for cold weather gear has resulted in me finding a few items that I probably bought at the end of winter last year. I’ve found a few pairs of jeans and a few sweaters that I forgot that I owned.

    Me in my closet: Oh, this is nice. Oh, yes. I forgot about this.

    Also, I spend a lot of time outside in the nice weather, and I’ve spent more time cleaning out the bathroom vanities and basement storage room, etc. lately. I honeslty think it would’ve been easier to move, but I’m starting to feel less like we MUST move to escape the clutter.

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    • Ernie, we went to the zoo on Wednesday afternoon and it was glorious. Beautiful weather, warm, and everyone in such good moods. Then Saturday morning all. the. snow. much of which has melted here, btw. But it’s still cold. No more shorts.

      I like your silver lining. I didn’t find anything new buried in among my winter clothes, but I’m not done fussing around with them so maybe.

      I’ve been slowly decluttering our house, too. I’m completely random about where I go to look for stuff to get rid of, but like you I feel like we’re slowly escaping the grip of the stuff. It’s great, isn’t it?

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  15. We’re having cold cold weather here too… literally freezing at sunrise. But it does sometimes warm up to a toasty 55, and if the wind isn’t blowing which it usually is, it’s nice enough for a walk around the neighborhood. Just the other day I said to Roger, “Now I know why old people with creaky old bones head south for the winter.” I’ve gotten my wool socks out of back corner of the drawer and am almost ready for what comes next. Take care there.

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    • Robin, I like weather in the 50s when I have on some warm clothes. It can be invigorating, so good on you for going on walks. You’re right about people who move south to avoid the cold. I’m not so sure it’s just old people anymore, I know a few Millemials who’ve headed that way too. Dislike of being cold seems to cross generations.

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  16. I am never a fan of cold weather. It negatively effects my arthritis and ny fibro. I live in So Cal to stay away from cold. Here we are with nighttime temperatures in the low 40s. Yuck, yuck, 😝. This is not our norm. It’s 44 right now and if I had my way, these temperatures would be outlawed. I don’t even own a coat. The last time I had one was years ago when visiting family back east. I donated that as soon as we returned. LOL

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    • Lauren, I’d assume your temperatures would be warmer than they are. If you don’t like cold it seems like So Cal would be the place to be, yet there you are… cold. I look forward to the day when you get the opportunity to outlaw the cold temps for your region. Love that you donated your coat. I’m smiling here.

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  17. A light dusting of silver isn’t so bad, Ally Bean. Could have been 12 inches like a blogger I read that lives in Canada! Or a hurricane like the problems in Florida! Bundle up and watch for the sun! Hot cocoa, hot toddy, hot soup! Yum!
    Another good thing today (besides your post) is that the Democrats have held on to the Senate! 🙂

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    • Ellen D, a dusting of silver is a lovely way to describe this. ‘Twas a thick dusting so all the more silver for me! I’ve lived in places that’d get 12 ” or more of snow at one time, it takes effort to stay safe and warm. I like your hot, hot, hot approach to my day. I can make all three of those happen. Didn’t know about the Senate win, yay!

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  18. I hear the unexpected(?) snowfall in Washington State put out the rest of the wildfires. That’s a pretty good silver lining. Also, your snow is not where I am which is a silver lining for me. You know you want me to have one. Wow, and your friend above me makes kind of a rolling silver lining.

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  19. Oscar didn’t live in today’s world where an “imaginative” topic of conversation with a stranger might land you in some hot water. Bland is better, in my little opinion. But here’s something that won’t take your mind off the weather but may at least comfort you: last weekend we got 55 cm (22 in) of snow and then it went down to -18C (1F). Now the temperature has gone back up, so that means we will get more snow. So, it could be a lot worse. 😉

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  20. I love this post – you make me laugh in any weather! I’m sorry for the extremes – seems like poor planning on the weather’s part. But perhaps it wasn’t feeling noticed when it came in as usual and need a flair for drama.

    Hopefully it goes back to being a wallflower soon!! Sending you all my best warmth, Ally!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  21. Well for me the silver lining would be the beautiful look to that white stuff on the ground and in the trees. It makes for some stunning photos, the kind of which I cannot usually take myself since I don’t see snow unless I drive about 4 hours away. I also can’t say anything about having to scrounge for winter clothes since I don’t have to separate my sweaters from my tank tops (well, I do keep them in separate drawers as an organizational thing). It is much easier for me to fall back than spring forward I must admit. Another silver lining might also be the good feeling you get donating some of those turtlenecks that you are less than fond of to the local thrift store to help warm those others who were caught by surprise with the sudden change. Nice to see you here on a Sunday (or any other day for that matter!) Have a great week. Janet

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    • Janet, I like the beauty of freshly fallen snow, that’s when taking pictures is inspiring. However soon thereafter it gets dirty and melty which is less inspiring.

      I like your take on what my silver lining could be. I just took three bags of clothes and housewares to Goodwill, but those clothes were summer ones. This week I’ll get serious about sorting through my winter things, then I’ll have a great way of dealing with those unloved turtlenecks. Off they’ll go to the thrift store. Leave it to you to find the wonderfulness in this situation.

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  22. Our first snow is usually during the first week of October. The last 2 years we got zero snow in October. This year our first was last week. The good news is snow is rarely more than a couple inches and the sun does 85% of my shoveling.

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    • Danny, I’m laughing at your take on how the sun shovels your snow, but I know you’re right. It’s like that here, at first. Until we get to the gray days when you have to assume there is still a sun in the sky.

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  23. my fav line: “…rooting through piles of turtlenecks trying to remember which ones I actually like–and which I ones I tolerate because I bought them & they’re here now.”
    Yep – that’d be me – but not his year! Last year I purged relentlessly and now have none of the ‘nows’ you’re referring to…mixed blessing as I do need to buy a few and I thought the purge would inspire me to buy only those I like. We’ll see. Meanwhile – enjoy your Sunday gripeyness and know tomorrow is another day (how’s that for a silver lining last line?).

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    • Laura, I’m a frugal person so once I buy a piece of clothing I hang onto it, despite my opinion of it. However, when it comes to these stupid turtlenecks I’m going to follow your lead and purge the ones I don’t really like. They can go to a thrift shop because there’s nothing wrong with them, just how they fit me.

      I like your silver lining. In fact, I’m feeling less irritable about the snow the more I talk about it here. Amazing how a little venting can lift your spirits!

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  24. Hmmm…I think “warm personality and joyful thoughts” would be a little off-brand for me. 😉 I think it was only two weeks ago that I was grousing in a similar way about our weather, which went from high 80s to freakin’ cold in a matter of days. As for Oscar, I don’t know that weather is the non-controversial topic it once was, given its connection to climate change, which is political. (Look at me spreading joy here!) It has been really cold in our neck of the woods this past week, but at least we’ve had some sunny days and the leaves are finally fully changing and I’ve gotten over my grouse. I hope a similar shifting happens for you, but no judgement from me if it doesn’t. I know for me the deeper issue was the deeper issues behind the weather.

    As for those turtlenecks: Any declutterer/minimalist person would give you a little pep talk about not letting sunk costs keep you from getting what really works for you (which I could not have done earlier in my life, but can more often now). Life is short, and wearing an ill-fitting turtleneck on a day with grump-inducing snow is just adding insult to injury. As a famous Disney princess (who knows a lot about cold) would say: “Let it go.”

    Nice to see you on a Sunday.

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    • Rita, oh I love this comment. All of it. I’m sorry if my request for warmth and joy put you at a disadvantage. Not my intention, just felt like I needed to soften the whiny tone of this post a bit. Good point about how weather now can be the tip of the iceberg [so to speak] of a contentious conversation. Ain’t modern life fun?

      You’re right about the turtlenecks. I grew up in a “waste not, want not” household so hanging onto things you owned was drilled into me. Sometimes it’s good, but often it’s not the most rational approach for living my life now as an adult. I shall let them go.

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      • Glad this is a space that welcomes diversity. 🙂

        I grew up similarly, out of necessity, and it is good sometimes. I always feel a bit funny saying “let it go” to someone, knowing I can’t really know someone else’s situation, and not liking anything about fast fashion or food or anything, really. It’s a thing I give attention to. If I can find a good place for something (as you mentioned donating the clothing), then it’s easier for me. I like thinking of you in a comfortable shirt. We should all have comfortable clothes.

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        • I’m frugal by nature and try to make good choices when I buy clothes, shoes, accessories, but sometime it’s a fail. The thing about these stupid turtlenecks is some have wonderful necklines and others pull every which way. I just need to identify which are which, then off the losers go. I won’t need to replace them, I’m sure I’ll have enough with the winners.

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          • I have such trouble finding turtlenecks and t-shirts that I really like. Not sure what your preferences are, but I tried J Crew’s tissue turtleneck this year–and I liked it so much I went back and ordered more. Because I’ve learned that if I find one I like, I should buy it before it’s not available any more. They are 100% cotton, thin (good for layering), and the neck is not tight. Basic colors.

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            • Thanks for the suggestion. I like 100% cotton ones, but have never tried J Crew’s. I have lots of Lands End and LL Bean turtlenecks but they’re all slightly different styles and cuts. I like your idea of finding one style, buying multiples, then never thinking about turtlenecks again.

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  25. Funny, I wrote about the drastic change in weather today as well, but I was decidedly more upbeat about it. Here’s your silver lining: the fact that it’s cold and snowy means climate change hasn’t irrevocably doomed us quite yet.

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  26. Mother Nature and I have a tenuous relationship – so I would be delighted to grouse along with you. I guess I should be honest though – Mother Nature and I are not fond of one another – at all – and there are too many times she has used her powers to really mess things up for me. I have learned I cannot best her, but that doesn’t stop me from trying sometimes.

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    • Carol, thank you for your support. I’m generally more laidback about the weather, but this weekend Mother Nature has turned my plans upside down. Or frozen them, I guess. I’m just not happy. Like you, I realize I can’t best her but I can complain a little bit.

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  27. I’m not a fan of snow, except when it’s in pretty pictures. Although we have transitioned out of shorts and t-shirt weather here, we are still in the awkward, in-between stage when my closet is stuffed since I don’t know what I’ll need day-to-day (although, since I’ve retired, that becomes less of an issue).

    Got no silver linings for you, except that I’m sure you look marvelous in turtlenecks.

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    • Janis, I understand your aversion to snow. It’s not for everyone, nor should it show up when it’s the wrong time. Which is my beef today. Closer to Christmas it can snow all it wants, but in November when there are still leaves on the trees, it’s just sad.

      Thanks for the compliment. I do look good in turtlenecks, just not all of them. Like half of the ones I own.

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  28. I’ll try to refrain from allowing my irresistibly amusing and sunshine-filled personality to raise you from your chilly abyss. Which should be easier than usual because I am currently using my mother walker to get around as my foot looks more like a football – a purple football. In these cold temps I live in my Lands End turtlenecks – the tall and fitted ones.

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    • Same on trying to “refrain from allowing my irresistibly amusing and sunshine-filled personality to raise you from your chilly abyss” 😀 I really like how you said that! 🙂

      But I’ll channel Mark Twain’s “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” And what’s more interesting than discussing what we get? I say, more weather chat will only make it better!

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    • Jan, thanks for allowing me to wallow in the cold. You are a good friend. What the heck did you do to your foot? This does not sound good. Some of my turtlenecks are from Lands End but I don’t know which style they are.

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  29. A silver lining? Well, that would be moonlight on icicles hanging from trees … literally. So, I’m of no help. We are enjoying cool temps. Finally. I wear sandals but not shorts so no problem for me to slip into long pants 😉 And I guess Oscar Wilde didn’t think much of farmers because weather is ALL they talk about and (I’m biased here) they can be quite imaginative people. I would argue that they have to be, especially dairy farmers but, again, I’m biased. So have some hot chocolate which only tastes really good when it’s really cold outside. And don’t forget the marshmallows.

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  30. Ally, Fall and Winter are my two favorite seasons, but I will admit it is a little off-putting when the transition is so damn severe. We in the Philly area have enjoyed those 70 degree days for a few, but tomorrow night the temps should be in the 20’s. I am not a fan of shorts one day, winter coat the next. That being said, my winter wardrobe is ready and waiting so instead of having to dig those clothes out, I can comment on your post. I will say with the way Mother Nature rolls these days, it would not surprise me if we’re wearing shorts again here on Christmas. And of course, no matter what you and I think about our current weather conditions, somewhere someplace someone has it worse than we do. So, there’s that!

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  31. Girl, I hear you! I was lunching outside at a winery on Thursday. Today, we had 2-3 inches of snow sticking and I was scrambling for boots, winter coat, and gloves to leave the house. Oddly, we drove 25 miles south and there was zero snow. AND we saw the sun! Like, what the heck?

    As my husband turned on the car seat warmers, I told him that I was happy we share an intense hatred for winter. That’s my only positive thought, but you’re welcome to it.

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    • Bijoux, you’ve described my situation, too. On Wednesday we went to the zoo wearing shorts, on Thursday we sat outside on the deck with a before dinner cocktail basking in the warmth of the sun as we watched it set, then Saturday morning *bam* it was snowing snow that was accumulating. Not just decorative white stuff, real. fricking. cold. snow. 🤨

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  32. We had an early snowfall as well (this past Sunday). And, like you, I was not prepared. Seriously, I thought we would have more time.
    The good thing is that the snow came and quickly melted away not to be seen again (at least not yet). Wishing warm fall days ahead for both you and me! 😀

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    • Donna, I hope our snow does like yours did and melts away. It can be snowy the live long day once we get to December, and I’ll be quiet about it, but this is too early for it around here. May the fall weather return forthwith.

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      • While cold weather here is nothing like cold weather up north, usually by this time of the year we get below-freezing temperatures and the first warnings of things like freezing rain. We haven’t had snow in a couple of years, so the chances are good we’ll get some this year. Ah, winter…

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  33. The silver lining, if there can be one, is that you got some very pretty pictures for your blog post. I hate when weather changes so rapidly like that, I prefer gradual cool down and gradual warm up. I feel for you.

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    • J, thanks. I did try to snap some photos that showed details, instead of the big picture. I don’t mind seasonal change when it’s timely and gradual, but this time that didn’t happen. Oh well, what’s there to do except complain! 😉

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  34. This is what Annie Dillard (my favorite author) says about the weather: “There are seven or eight categories of phenomena in the world that are worth talking about, and one of them is the weather.”

    Any grumbling about snow – regardless of the month it happens to fall in – is OK in my book.

    I feel your pain, Ally.

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    • Laurie, I’m not familiar with that quote, but I do like it. Very much. I try not to grumble about things I cannot control, but for some reason yesterday’s snowfall bugged me. Threw me for a loop. Destroyed any sense of order I had in my closet. 😉

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  35. Okay, I’ll try to make you feel better since we just had the same kind of week you had minus the snow. We had 70’s and then 40’s. But, back a few years, October brought us 31″ of snow. 🙂 It was gray, rainy, damp, and dreary here today so I got some small holiday lights out. Bring on the light. 🙂

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    • Judy, 31″ of snow in October! Oh I cannot even imagine that. I’ve seen snowfall of 18″ around here in December, and we lost our power for 2 days, but not the amount you saw. I like your idea about holiday lights. We have some waiting to be put out for Christmas, but maybe tossing them out a little earlier might be a good thing. Fiat lux

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  36. The reason for the snow is… so you’ll have something to blog about!

    My mom texted this morning about the snow out there. I don’t miss it. I hope the grousing (great word!) helped you feel better. We’re here for you, AB. 😚

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  37. We had a big drop in temperatures this weekend, too. Last week was summer-like and today it’s almost freezing but no snow yet. Hope your weekend gets better and you have a wonderful week ahead wearing your favourite turtleneck 🙂

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  38. Yesterday we were in the mid-70s; today the high was 52 (Yes, I realize that is no where near as cold as what you are experiencing but still…) and I am not pleased. Not pleased at all. Particularly, since The Husband acts like I’m insane when I complain that I am cold and that we should turn on the heater but he complains that it is “hot” in this house.

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    • Gigi, it’s so difficult to figure out how to heat the house when the weather fluctuates like it has been. I get that. Furnace on, furnace off, who’s to say what is right? Of course, I side with you… you know what is right.

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  39. Where do I start with the silver lining? Snow is cold, white and lightens up the darker moods of Autumn. Although I can and do empathise with the sudden change of temperature as I get caught at the end of summer “rooting around” just as you said you do. In my case I am looking a warm cardi – one which isn’t covered in a topping of dust that has gathered in the drawer/wardrobe over summer. Cardis are too hot for the late summer weather and so after five months lying in summer storage they are all sprinkled with dust. I am allergic to the mite that accompanies dust. So for me it is a toss up between feeling cold or getting a runny nose and sneezing which is not at all cool in these Covid days.
    I totally agree that a gradual decline of air temperature allows for prepping of a winter wardrobe, which for me includes washing and leaving out in the sun to kill that pesky mite.
    Perhaps the Universe is making you re-think those jumpers that you don’t like in your wardrobe but are now “there,” ala Marie Kondo? It could serve as an excuse to go and buy a new clothes perhaps?
    Is there enough snow that you need to change to winter tires?

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    • Amanda, I’m also allergic to dust mites. It means that I sneeze more than seems healthy, and like you, I fear doing so out in public lest people think I have Covid. I didn’t know about putting clothes out into the sunlight to kill [subdue?] the dust mites.

      A few commenters have mentioned that I could think of this sudden need for winter clothes as an opportunity to thin my herd of turtlenecks. And sweaters. Heaven knows they’re all out in the open now. I like donating usable clothes to Goodwill, so I’ll do just that.

      We don’t change to winter tires here. As a child growing up furtherer north, my parents always changed the tires, but here it’s not the done thing. This region is conscientious about snow removal from the streets– and is quick to invoke snow emergencies which require you to stay home until the streets are safe.

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      • Not having to change to winter tires, or tyres, is a blessing. I regularly hear about accidents from my Norwegian friends when early snow causes them to skid about on summer tires.
        Yep the sunlight kills the dust mite, or so I believe. Mind you, our sun is quite strong here.

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          • Given how the sun fades the clothes when hung out on the clothes line to dry and our high rates of skin cancer, I would gladly swap a wussy sun for a burning, feasting one.
            But this brings up a point that I find curious. I heard that Americans generally, and maybe not all, do not hang or air dry their clothes outside on external clothes lines in the yard to dry. Is that right?
            Obviously in some parts it is far too cold for that for much of the year, but is it true of warmer areas too?

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            • When I was a child many people hung their clothes out on a line to dry. My mother did that in the summer, using the clothes dryer in the cold weather.

              Now people don’t hang out clothes [and I’m guessing about motivation here] because it’s faster to use a machine dryer. In fact I’m told that some communities have rules against hanging out your clothes to dry. Not here though.

              I can’t speak for anyone else, but we air dry many of our clothes on portable wooden racks that we keep in extra bedrooms. Whether our neighbors do that, too, I don’t know.

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              • Yes I have heard those rules too from a cousin that moved to the US. She says people just don’t hang their laundered clothes out, even on a balcony, (on a portable line). I do hope it is for time-saving reasons that a dryer is used and of course when it is cold you must, but using dryers here may have to be re-visited for global environmental reasons. I wonder if some people in America are so unused to flaunting their undies to the public, they are embarrassed? We tend to put hang our smalls on the inside lines so I guess we too might be a little embarrassed. One day a fitted bed sheet caught the strong wind gusts and blew off the line. One of my kind neighbour informed me it had blown down the street a way and I had to retrieve it! I guess you would not have that problem. I haven’t owned a dryer for over 15 years. They guzzled astronomical amounts of electricity and it was a pain dragging the clothes in and out througout the cycle. Plus they emitted dust/fluff/some kind of dryer detritus into the laundry. Despite the old lost sheet, I’ll stick with my clothes line and its set and forget and let the sun add its VitD to the clothes – which means I have little ironing.
                Many thanks for the explanations, Ally!

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  40. Ack! We went from 70s to 40s from yesterday to today, but thankfully no snow. I feel your pain and had to smile at your comment about the turtlenecks you tolerate because you bought them. To prepare for winter, I bought 3 identical long-sleeved tees (different colors) with a scoop neck. All online. I decided to try something besides a turtleneck because that’s basically my uniform and I felt a need to shake things up. One of the tees fits but I don’t really like the scoop neck. The other 2, although the exact same size, are too big, even after shrinking them. And the scoop is still a problem. But I tolerate them because I bought them, just like you… Happy winter, Ally. Hope it warms up again, though.

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  41. It’s an inconvenience, but at least you can stay warm in your home. When the weather turns cold, and the electricity goes out, we feel it in terms of being chilly and losing our modern conveniences.

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    • Pete, good points. We did stay inside [mostly] on Saturday and Sunday. And the electricity didn’t go out because there was no ice with this snowfall, so I should be less whiny about it. And today, Monday, the snow has melted so I’ll put it all behind me.

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  42. I’ll try the same quote on you that other snow-lovers drop on me, something about how choosing not to find joy in the snow means you will have less joy in your life, but still the same amount of snow. As you put so succinctly…whatever. Grumble away. You have at least one sympathetic follower.

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    • Lies Jack Kerouac told Me, I’ve never heard that idea about enjoying the snow, acknowledging it’s gonna happen regardless. I see the logic in it, and if it were a January day I’d go with it, but NOT in November around here. This snow is too early. Stupid snow

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  43. “distract me from the weather with your warm personality and joyful thoughts.” Hahaha… can I distract you with some warm apple pie which I made today to help me deal with the few flakes which fell – not quite snow but not quite rain either. With or without ice cream, it helped a lot.

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    • PS. I actually kind of enjoyed walking today, as it was cold with a brisk wind, but I got to wear my new winter coat which is warmer than last years coat…..I find hot chocolate works as a form of bribery too…..if I go outside for a walk then I can afford a treat. I also made peanut butter cookies this week….let’s face it, food helps.

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    • Joni, sure, warm apple pie would take the edge off, I’d be less grumbly. But here’s the thing, it was a real snowfall on Saturday that covered everything with a few inches of snow, but today, Monday, it’s all melted. I suddenly don’t feel like I have anything to grouse about now, so do I deserve pie?

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  44. It’s okay to whine about the first snow fall and the cold temps, especially when they show up so suddenly. Our bodies need time to prepare! But the good news is, you got it over with…..the “bandage has been ripped off!” So it will get easier from here on, especially a few months from now when Spring arrives just as unexpectedly, but much more happily.

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    • Ann, thanks for your support and wise words. You’re right, now that I’ve had my little “winter is here” whine-fest I’m good to go. You’re also correct that I’ll embrace spring whenever and however it wants to manifest.

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  45. I love the look of snow, I do not love the living with in or the walking (or attempting to while not falling) on it. It’s pretty for picture taking, so long as you don’t have to do the aforementioned not sliding thing. So, I get your disgruntledness.

    And it does sound like it’s gone from almost tropical to snow in large parts of the US which must be enormously disconcerting. We’ve still got unseasonably mild weather here, so will probably suffer at some point. I must dig out my snow boots and check their wearability as it’s been a while since I used them.

    I’ll join in your grumbling with a complaint that my car’s exhaust has blown in such a large way that I made my neighbours kitten actually leap in the air when I fired itup. It was his first day allowed out after his neutering, so he may now believe the world is more scary than exciting, for which I feel enormous guilt.

    I hope I may be forgiven for only thinking about Bing Crosby et al singing “Snow, snow, snow” and not linking to it 😉

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    • Deb, you’re right, of course. Snow is pretty, pretty to see– sneaky, sneaky to walk on. It’s Monday here now and the white death has melted but it’s cold outside. I think our days of warm temps are behind until next spring.

      That poor little kitten. What a week he’s had, huh? I understand you feeling guilty, still kinda funny.

      I’d forgotten about that Bing Crosby song. What a great, unrealistic, way to talk/sing about snow. Those kids were way too happy, if’n you ask me.

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  46. GAHHH. Can you imagine if this snow happened LAST SUNDAY? I apologize because I understand how you feel. Don’t early snowfalls feel heavy? 

    I like how someone said, “the bandage has been ripped off.” What a brilliant analogy. 

    When we get snow earlier than usual, we usually experience a much milder winter. Here’s to a milder winter. FINGERS CROSSED. 😘

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    • Kari, yes, you said it. Early snowfalls feel heavy and suck the life out of me. It’s one thing to not like snow in March because you’ve seen too much of it, but in November? Just NO…

      I hope your past experiences with early snowfalls are repeated for us this winter. I could go for a mild winter, sun optional but preferred.

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  47. Oh Ally, I hear you! We had 70 degree temps only to plummet to the 30s. And on Saturday we had snow flurries. Snow is expected tomorrow and Wednesday. When my brother pointed out the upcoming weather, I was not mature about it. In fact, I generally get irritated when people who only visit snow comment on how wonderful and magical it all is. My response is, “Then you come every day and shovel the snow here and scrape the snow and ice off my car. Feeling the magic yet?”

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    • L. Marie, I LOVE your response to ‘snow happy’ people who don’t deal with it. It only takes a few times of having your car iced over, then snowed on, for a person to become cynical about the magic of snow. Sure it’s pretty, nice when you’re safe at home– or when you’re 4 y.o. looking forward to making a snowman. Other than that 🤷‍♀️

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    • I actually am the snow removal person because I LOVE snow. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, snowman making. All of it!! I’m basically a 44 year old little kid in Wisconsin. But I’ll 100% complain about the heat come summer. Takes all kinds!

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  48. So much for our orderly transition of seasons. I seem to recall those in my Youth.

    I took my Friday walk blissfully warm in leggings and longsleeved tee. It was glorious. Saturday we had a 40-degree temp drop and spits of snow. No accumulation in NEO, but what a shitful mood-ruiner.

    It’s all upon us now–The Workiest Season Of All, leading with the dreaded Holidays. Sigh. I feel crabby.

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    • Nance, I remember those orderly transitions, too. There was never this back and forth weather indecisiveness that bugs me.

      Yep, you’re right we’re heading into the season of Forced Frivolity. I am less enthusiastic during this time of year, regardless of the weather. However I’ll try to not snow on anybody’s fun. Unless they want the snow, I suppose.

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  49. Drag out your winter duds & get out there and enjoy that beautiful snow! Before you know it, you will be dazzled by the vista Mother Nature has created and the grumbling may all but disappear. Says the Canadian up north! 🤪😂☃️

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    • Lynn, clearly you are an enthusiastic promoter of winter fun. I can sense that. The thing is I like snow okay when it’s winter, but this early snowfall isn’t playing by the rules. However I’ll admit that after whining here I am feeling more amenable to snow. It just takes me time to adjust.

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      • Interestingly, I used to hate winter but I have learned to embrace it & enjoy it. I learned to ski in my 30’s and although I don’t get out often, there is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous sunny day with a fresh layer of snow. The proper attire to keep you nice & toasty is key.

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  50. I’m sorry you didn’t have the time you wanted to switch your seasons. We had a 50 degree swing too and it’s a bit disconcerting (especially as most of our winter gear is in storage since our remodel was supposed to be done but isn’t) BUT

    snow is pretty

    winter is such a cozy season – perfect for book reading, tea drinking

    AND snowy season is the perfect opportunity to closet switch because you’re already warm and snuggly in a house!

    AND it’s totally okay to grouse a little bit!! 🙂

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    • Katie, you raise excellent points about how to envision winter with a silver lining. And in truth it’s now a couple of days after the UNWANTED snowfall and I’m much mellower. I attribute that to grousing here– and finally getting my winter clothes out of storage, summer things packed up. I like the feeling of being productive which I didn’t have when the snow. just. showed. up.

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  51. I hate snow. Really, I do. It’s beautiful and all and I’d do appreciate a 1/2 inch on Christmas morning, melted by Christmas afternoon. Beautiful or not, I hate it.
    There is a snow symbol in the weather forecast this week and I am flatly refusing to believe it.
    Once it starts…winter just seems so long (and, technically, it’s still fall, and snow doesn’t belong in fall!!).

    I have a draft blog post about ways I can dread winter less, but it’s a bit of smoke and mirrors, because I truly dislike winter. My sister hated it so much she moved to a warmer climate. I mean, she met her partner in the southern US and they’ve been happily married for 20 years, but I think the biggest allure in their relationship might have been the fact he was committed to staying in year-round warm weather. She LOVES being out of cold, snowy Canada and I’m jealous every Christmas when I see pictures of her kids outside playing in shorts after they open presents.

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    • Elisabeth, YES: “technically, it’s still fall, and snow doesn’t belong in fall!!” You said it. That’s the basis of my entire whine here.

      I hope you finish your post about how to dread winter less. I get what you’re saying that for you it’d be more of an ideal rather than a reality. But I’d enjoy reading it and would not think the less of you for having written it.

      I tend to believe you may be onto something with the *why* about who your sister married. Love is great, no snow is better! I have three friends who moved south to warmer places, and they’re never coming back north again. Shorts on Christmas Day, what a thing, huh?

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  52. It looks pretty on the trees? You can excuse drinking spiked hot chocolate?

    We went to Denver in beautiful warm weather, then it snowed our last night there and was cold and blustery all the way back. I did check the forecast, so was prepared. I don’t care for the cold unless I get to go skiing (we passed two open ski areas on our way home, but won’t likely be skiing locally until mid-December, at least). Sterling (being part husky) is absolutely delighted we got an inch of snow last night (and bummed that it’s gone).

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    • Eilene, rationally I know the cold and mess are coming, as did you in Denver, but when it arrives too early, in my estimation, I get grumbly. I agree there’s a beauty to freshly fallen snow. I enjoy that beauty in the winter… which this is not.

      I’ve never skied, but admit it looks like a fun way to enjoy snow– and wear some darned snazzy outfits. Poor Sterling, so happy, then hopes dashed. It’s tough being a doggo.

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    • Margaret, I like a gradual transition from one season to the next. This was not that. The trees did look pretty covered in snow, muted in color. Of course the snow is all melted now and it’s just unseasonably cold outside. An improvement?

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  53. First, I must join you in your grumbling…we are also having unseasonably cold weather in Utah, and I am not loving it. Now I will take a stab at the silver lining…at least where I live, we need the snowpack, which is building in our mountains, as we speak (write?). And finally, my attempt at sharing joyful thoughts…I always get a smile from reading your blog posts (like every single one), and I hope by sharing that fact with you, I have warmed your soul just a little bit. If not, try turning up your furnace and run around the house in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops, refusing to accept the fact that winter has come early this year.

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    • Christie, you’ve made me smile with your comment. Thank you. I admit that the weather forecasters had mentioned we might have snow on Saturday, but I didn’t believe them. They’re usually wrong. I appreciate your compliment about this blog– and my soul is warmed. As for turning up the temp in the house and getting back into summer clothes, I like how you think. I could do that… at least for a few hours.

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  54. The point of blogging is to be able to connect with others and feel like you’re not alone so even though the weather was discussed, your post still served its purpose because WOW I THOUGHT WE WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO GOT A CRAZY MIXED BAG of weather (sorry, I should’ve ended the caps long ago lol).. and yes, snow came today and stayed!! Praying for an early spring at this point LOL 🙂 I live in Ontario, Canada 🙂

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    • Jenn, I’m laughing about your prayer for an early spring. I feel that way, too. I’m accustomed to temperature changes, but not from 75ºF to 25ºF in about 36 hours. A 20º temperature change is acceptable, but this was just too much for me. In November. I say while snarling.

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  55. I hear you on the whiplash. Two Wednesdays ago, it was Arctic. Last Wednesday I wore shorts and a t-shirt and today I froze again. I don’t know what to wear.

    My only silver lining for you is that at least you can walk out your door and experience snow. I have to drive four hours up a mountain to get that even in the middle of winter.

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    • MOSY, sounds like you have the same weather weirdness going on that we do. It’s exasperating.

      I like your silver lining. That’s a good point that when it does snow, preferably in winter, the snow is right here for us. And freshly fallen snow is pretty.

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  56. Silver lining?
    ~Maybe you don’t have to rake or blow leaves for a while?
    ~You can drink hot cocoa unapologetically?
    ~You don’t have to shave your legs for a minute?

    I’m in cold GA with two dogs who don’t appreciate the cold one bit! Not so fun while potty- training a puppy who needs to go out every 30 minutes. On the other hand, they are both curled up in warm, fuzzy beds, snoring loudly. 🙂 I wish I could link a photo for your enjoyment.

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    • Suz, your silver linings are wonderful ones. They cover all the possibilities. Thanks.

      As for taking dogs out in the cold, there’s no way around that BUT their warm little snoozy selves certainly make up for their reluctance to embrace the cold. And they call them dumb animals!

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  57. The weather whiplash was quite a shock here, too. We got our small does of snow this morning. We also had temps in the mid-70s a week ago. Grouse away. You’re entitled. Meanwhile, I’m trying to find my “snow sneakers.”

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  58. Mother Nature has been fractious this week. A neighbor was washing his car in a teeshirt, shorts and flip flops last Thursday or Friday when I returned home from walking. Then two days later it was snowing like crazy. I thought I jinxed things as I ordered a roof rake from Amazon after my awning came loose following the gusty winds on November 5th. It has been repaired, but I thought the rake would clear the snow off easier and reach more places than I can with a broom and now I’ll treat it with kid gloves. It is just crazy weather. We will be at 20 degrees with windchills in the teens this weekend. I’m already sick of Winter in the course of a week’s time. With no snow, I can deal with the cold – but when it’s sloppy out, snow way! Speaking of sloppy, one of the meteorologists I follow tweeted a photo of a Western Michigan/Central Michigan football game. It is snowing an inch an hour in parts of mid-Michigan (thankfully not here) and you could not see the field.

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    • Linda, fractious is the word for it. I don’t remember any other fall when it was unseasonably warm into November, then in 36 hours plummeted us into winter snow and unseasonably cold weather. No in-between days to acclimate, just COLD AND WET AND GRAY now.

      Every once in a while I see a news article about whiteout conditions on a football field. It looks dangerous and trippy and a place I wouldn’t want to be. 🥶

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      • The wind is howling 20-25 mph tonight and light snow … that’s to prepare everyone for the January-like conditions Saturday. We are paying the price for that wonderful stretch of weather.

        I’d think it would be dangerous to play football in the snow, but maybe the cleats, like ice cleats you wear over boots or street shoes would keep the players from slip-slidin’ away. That was the talk of the sports report this morning – it was at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

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  59. Oscar Wilde apparently never lived in Colorado, where the weather is always a “hot topic” (ha). People tune into the late evening news not for the headlines but for the weather, which is often a headline in itself. The seasons are so unpredictable you simply have to know what the following day is going to bring.

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    • Dave, like Oscar Wilde I’ve never been to Colorado and it’s interesting to learn about its variable weather patterns. If I thought there was a good probability that our weather forecasters on the news knew what they were talking about, I’d tune in too. Around here, they’re just guessing like the rest of us.

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  60. I’ve been hearing the term weather whiplash on the weather report more and more often these days. It is unsettling swinging from one extreme to the other so I don’t blame you for being caught off guard and making a fuss. It makes planning anything outside very tricky. Yesterday we were noticing there are still some trees with lingering green leaves around here, very strange. I guess we all need some more practice being flexible!

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