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I hate to be cold. HATE IT. Yes, I can get hot, but try *never* to complain about that! My husband moved us 300 miles south to make me happy. Wasn't far enough, but about all he can take so it's good. But here's the problem. . .we still get snow and ice. And I don't mind it but school closes for EVERYTHING. The wind blowing too hard? School's out. Does the forecast say we are getting snow in two days? Better let school out a day early. I'm not kidding. Here is this week so far (and no, we haven't had anything but a few flurries in the air. . .I don't even know if it's gotten below freezing???) And keep in mind that we have not had a full week of school since before Christmas. . .with no delays, early dismissals, etc. . .

Monday: I got a sub job in another county for the second half of the day. The kids were in shorts on Saturday running around outside (it wasn't hot, they just play hard). I have to report to the school at 11:30. I check my phone for the time after I get into the classroom -- there's a text from my husband saying school is letting out at noon. What to do??? I am working!!! He was able to leave his job and go home to be with the kids. Absolutely no snow or ice on the ground. . .there were flurries in the air for 1/2 hour or so.

Tuesday: Check to make sure they're going to school -- yep, all set. Send them off. We have significant flurries (for our area) for most of the afternoon, with snow sticking to the ground. Kids stay in school, no problems at all.

Wednesday: Wake up to a 2-hr delay. What?!? No sign of anything anywhere (all snow on the ground has blown away). The roofs of the houses have some frost on them. . .one of my friends called me at 7:40 and asked why the school wasn't open. . .been there, done that. Many times. Head to school with a full car load only to find out that they are out/on a delay. Ugh. I was two hours later getting into work than I had hoped yesterday.

Today: I think (???) we're all set. It's 4 a.m. and 41 degrees. Big ice storm predicted for tomorrow so I will stay close to my phone in case "they" decide that it's too risky to go to school 12 hours before the forecasters say something might hit. I *have* to finish up some work at the Y so will make sure to get there early today.

Tomorrow: No doubt that there won't be school. Because forecasters are always right (ha!) we'll take another day off.

I just don't get it -- I really do understand the safety of the children is of prime importance. To me too. And there are mountain and lake areas around where it makes it difficult for the buses to reach everyone. . .however, how is ANYTHING getting done at school? How can there be any routine at all? And what about working parents?? What do they do?? I had my first taste of that on Monday. . .so I'm just sayin'. . .I HATE THE COLD!!!!

But I love living here. . .as long as there is no threat of S.N.O.W. than everything is dandy. It's a beautiful area, we are on the lake every chance we get, and the sun shines more than it ever did in my hometown. I wish weather wasn't such a big deal to me, but it is. . .I'm taking an online class right now and one of our classmates is checking in from upstate NY and wants to move up into Canada. Someone else in the class sincerely posted "why would anyone want to live in the North?" I really do think he was speaking from a weather standpoint. . .and I was anxious to hear her answer. It was something about how spread-out the south is and how she was so close to so many cultural activities up there. . .and the clean, cold, crisp air, with snow crunching beneath her feet. I hadn't realized how rural the south is until we moved here, but I'll take it over "snow crunching under my feet" -- ha! Isn't it great that God gave us all such different tolerances and than that He created so many different living environments for us???


  1. I think God gives us different seasons so we are not bored! Yep, that 2 hour time delay put me in a pickle yesterday... MIL was outta town, Dave had to drive the bus and I had to be at school at 8:30 a.m. after trying to finish a project. I am hoping I don't miss my Handwriting Workshop tomorrow. I am so pumped up - I know the kids won't have school, but I really don't want to miss!


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