Well, brrrr and grrrr. I was outside on this frosty morn running the car and checking around the house and was miffed to find the drain spout plugged up with ice again. I’ll sit out the week before taking further action this time. While waiting on the car fumes to dissipate, I was marveling at the ATV snow plow driver maneuvering around in the driveway at the rental home across the street. He pushed the last few days’ worth of snow out of the long, wide driveway and back patio in record time, though he had to keep taking the snow and dropping it along in the street all the way to the corner.
The only schools Downriver that closed today were in Southgate. I saw some kids walking to school along Fort Street while I was standing by the garage. These schoolboys were walking along with no boots, no hat, hands shoved into pockets and pants dragging in the snow. Okay, they were “manly” but I’ll bet they were darn cold. It is incredulous to me how often the schools have closed so far this Winter. At the risk of sounding like one of those old fuddy duddies who says “when I was a kid, we never missed a day of school due to bad weather” … but we didn’t, so I am going to say it anyway. I attended public school through the 60s and early 70s, and unless my memory is tarnished on this fact, we never missed school for wintry weather. Were we a hardier lot back then? In middle school in the 60s, we had a dress code for girls with no pants except one day a year when we were permitted to wear slacks for “Pants Day”. Of course, that didn’t stop us from layering warm wool pants under our skirts or dresses for the long walk to school, but they had to be removed once we entered the school building and stuffed into our locker. In high school, pants were finally permitted any day you wished to wear them.
Now, we are nearing the halfway point between Winter and Spring which will occur on Groundhog Day. Yesterday “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” was crowing about their accuracy in their prediction of a snowy, brutally cold Winter based on their scientific observations (including cute woolly bear caterpillars). They should tout their accuracy because they have been right so far, in our neck of the woods anyway. For the second half of the Winter of 2013-2014 they predict the extra-frigid temps will disappear in mid-February and will moderate the balance of the Winter. They also are sticking their neck out to say that April and May will be warm and rainy and the Summer will be dry and hot. So, I wonder how accurate for those particular months they will be and if Punxsutawney Phil will concur re: Spring?