Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Purple Boots

Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."  ~Robert Byrne

I don't know who this Robert Byrne is ... but I like his thinking.  
Tri-Cities is experiencing another winter storm that breezed in last night which will reportedly leave us with another 1" to 3" of snow with rain on top of it.  Freezing rain.  There might not be any worse kind of driving conditions than in freezing rain.  The forecast calls for straight-up rain by mid-day today.  Oh joy.
The silver lining in this cloud is that perhaps the weather will stay warmer and allow us to travel to Portland for Gene's 60th birthday party this weekend. Without a break in the weather, we won't be able to travel through the gorge.  It's a real nail-biter when the weather is like this. I'd like to get older and I know he would too. 

I shouldn't complain about the weather. There are people who have it much worse than we do, i.e., Fairbanks, Alaska.  And, I do have an inside job. Being that it is the last day of November, I should probably be thinking about stuff I'm grateful for.  Here's my short list:

Winter boots:  really cute, purple Sorels ~ I love them.   
A warm, soft scarf: I bought it at the Hospice Thrift Store in Yuma, Arizona. It has a label that says it was made in Italy. Gene hates it. He thinks it's ugly.  I always wonder how it got to Arizona. 
Hot water:  I have a friend who served in the Peace Corp in Belize and she did not have hot water. I've been grateful for it every single day since she told me that.
Walnuts: you've already heard my story about walnuts.
Legs: I worked with an attorney who lost the use of his legs in Desert Storm. I think of him often when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to walk.
Sense of humor: most of the time ... although it's tested once in awhile.
Kids: Between Gene and I, we have great kids and grand kids.
Job: I have one.
Weather: I'm really glad for the 4 seasons. Winter is not my favorite but it makes me appreciate spring & summer all that much more.
New ideas: sometimes I get stuck in old ways of thinking and I love it when I get new ideas.

Well, there is so much more to be thankful for but writing this has really helped lighten my mood about the weather.  I'm especially grateful that November is almost over with but I have a feeling it's going to be an especially long winter at the rate the weather is going.  My boots will get a lot of use this year.  Have a great day!  love, Susan

1 comment:

  1. oh, those are cute boots!! Sit back and enjoy your winter Susan, at least you know going into it that it will be over in a few shorts months. That's the part about winter here that wears thin...when it's still winter in April & May.


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