I can only blame it on being slightly deranged. Either that or my late night musings are a bit "tetched", if you know what I mean.
Yesterday's post was some attempt at saying "winter is beautiful" or words to that effect. Please ignore yesterday's posting. Ignore it completely. Do not read it...it is absolutely worthless. I take back everything I said therein about winter beauty. Most everything.
This morning we awoke to six more inches of snow. (It may be only three or four inches, but it LOOKS like six inches and it LOOKS as if it will not stop anytime soon.)
Last night while eating pizza at our daughter's house (the one who lives closeby) our son-in-law casually mentioned that we have already accumulated 50 inches of snow.
And it hasn't melted. And it's snowing presently. And the forecast shows snow all day and snow showers the next three days. There is a pause of three days clear and THEN three more days of snow showers. There could be more...the ten-day forecast can extend only ten days, ya know. There's half of February, all of March, and most of April before us. Plenty of time to accumulate even MORE snow! Aaaargh!
Snowy landscapes may have their beauty but I can't help but recognize that snow (and icy rain) cause plenty of problems for ordinary folk. Plenty. Hard work with the snow shovel. Minor fender benders. Major accidents. Our bank is taking up a collection for a woman who died after a terrible accident on the snow-packed Interstate. She was driving to work at the hospital. A lady at the grocery store fell and injured herself on the ice. Farmers have to be out in snow and ice to feed livestock. Folk still have to get to work and school and the grocery store. It's for all of those reasons that I dislike winter.
And if you want to read about "real" suffering caused by winter storms, click here to read about the damage done by the January 22 ice storm in South Dakota. Thousands of people are without power...tens of thousands of power lines are down. The link will lead you to news coverage over the past two weeks of the ongoing efforts to restore power to these people.
Can you tell that I have not yet had my cup of coffee?