Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weather whether we like it or not

So... to recap:

1) Winter of 2012-2013 decided to remain until May, making my mother's let's-watch-spring-greenup visit into a mud-and-slush visit.

2) Winter of 2013-2014 decided not to begin until Halloween, and then only with the barest dusting of snow.

3) Real snow came in earnest last weekend, enough to make me think I could ski. It was enough to ski on. However, not enough to fall down without feeling inappropriate amounts of pain. I had a lovely ski, but then I fell down on the way home, and realized in a flash that the falling-down part is why skiing on thin snow over bare frozen ground is generally not okay. Here is a photo of the results (although, fortunately, there is no audio recording of what came out of my mouth at that particular moment):

As I moaned on the ground in pain, with white flashes in my field of view, I decided that this was unacceptable, and that it had not been a worthwhile ski, despite the earlier beauty and exhilaration. However, by the time I got home, the pain had quit throbbing, and I decided, "Meh, pain." It had, indeed, been worth it.

That night, it snowed all night, and despite a forecast that threatened a rise above freezing temps and a consequent ice storm, it never came. I had friends come over for pancakes, and we had perhaps the happiest ski I can recall. Dogs were bouncy! Happy! I looked forward to winter proceeding as usual.

Then this morning I woke up to rain. Coating everything with ice. Sigh.

The town has shut down, similar to Icepocalypse.

And that (sigh) is where things stand now. I don't understand why this is happening. Temperatures are well below freezing. We should be safe. I don't understand why liquid water is coming from the sky. As it happens, though, sometimes Things Occur whether I understand them or not.

For example, I will never get proper compost, so I've given up on that little project:

Life is easier when I adjust my expectations to match reality, rather than expect the other way around.


mdr said...

Luckily you didn't break a bone or tear tendon, I hope you get better soon. Pls be very careful out there by yourself.

It was a long, hard and lonely recovery when I fell and broke one ankle. The full recovery was about 10 months

Rena said...

Ouch. I'm glad you didn't hit your head - easy to slip backwards and whammo on the back of your melon. Rain? in November? Whaaat?

mdr said...

Rena was soooooo right. She is not only book smart, she also is a mother who knows the best.

You were lucky and I pray you will always be lucky.

Biting Tongue said...

Take care, dear.

But, should you think that it is only the ice that causes bruises, at least for me, this is not true.

I currently have a bruise on my left hip right about at desk level. Why? Because, apparently, I like to pretend that I can walk through objects.

But, shocker, I actually can't.

Arvay said...

I tried to step out of my car this morning before opening the door. It was not good. :(