Friday, December 10, 2010

Storms and Love

The entire city of St. Paul is shutting down. Feet -- as in more than one -- of snow are in the forecast. The school has cancelled all functions over the weekend, including a pivotal debate tournament (okay, let's just mention that HWCBN has placed 5th in the state in his first year of debate but then again, we're not writing about him).

The TV weather forecasters are in their element. It's nonstop camera time and the Matron does notice their make-up. We're talking men here. Women are better at concealment.

Merrick: "Do those guys decide the weathew?"

Matron: "They don't decide but just tell us what the sky is doing."

Merrick: "But they know the sky. Can't they make even mowe snow come?"

So, like half of Minnesota, today the Matron spent four times too much money on groceries (and wine) to prepare for 48 hours without the ability to drive. She filled up the van with gas and made sure the shovels and salt were ready.

If you've never lived in the land of snow, ice and below zero temperatures, she's here to tell you that it's worse than you imagine.

But all of those weathermen forecasting the future keep referring to the last big, big blizzard: October 1991.

"This will be just like the Halloween blizzard of 91."

"We haven't seen anything like this since 1991."

"Might be a repeat of 1991."

And that blizzard was when the Matron -- then a Young Miss -- met her husband. And all she can do is be happy about the storm to come.


Suburban Correspondent said...

Aw, that's sweet!

And just be glad you don't live somewhere where they use terms such as snowpocalypse, okay?

Tonya Lynn said...

I remember the blizzard of '91 - I was in second grade and went trick or treating at the mall (all of the stores used to hand out candy) came out and all of a sudden there was a foot of snow and it was freezing - I'm pretty sure that was the last time my Mom took us trick or treating without our snow-gear and all of our costumes were bought a few sizes too big to fit over it.

I'm housesitting this weekend and not only thankful that they hired the neighbor boy to be in charge of snow removal but that they buy in bulk so there is plenty of food here as well!!!

Yolanda said...

Aren't you glad it happened? I bet lots of babies are created this weekend up there. Hope you stay warm and safe.

Anonymous said...

It's been 9 months since our Snowmageddon, and the labor & delivery suites have been very busy lately.
I'd love to be snowed in again, but it's not allowed to happen when my college student needs to come home (6 more days!) or return to school.

Glennis said...

Brrr!!! stay warm and cozy.

We are being told to expect a record HIGH, and Santa Ana winds here in LA.

MJ said...

I'm the winter hoarder: I have 1/2 bison, 1/2 pork, bread, frozen veggies, everything except for milk on our pantry shelf/freezers. (Yup, 2 freezers). I'm so used to the snow that I'm ready by the end of October! Now I'm hoarding Xmas baking!

Xtreme English said...

I was in Mpls in the Blizzard of '91, and walked around Lake Harriet taking pictures in the snow. Very spirchal experience!

The next day, after shoveling the front walk, I fell on the steps and tore a hole in the knee of my new khakis.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing about the snow related population explosion! Be careful and keep safe
while enjoying the winter wonderland! Hope no loss of power either, so much worse when there is no heat! We don't get many snowed in days here in NJ, but I like them when we do. A nice time to just go slow, get caught up, and goof off too! Bramble

Jil said...

Had a blast today watching the snow out my window. 16.1 inches in Bloomington. Did go and drive around too - it is not for the faint of heart.

Anonymous said...

I am solidly snowed in; DH left yesterday to go to work at Fairview and won't be home until Monday at least. He managed to break the snowplow before he left, so I am not going anywhere. Love it!

Minnesota Matron said...

I love that people are connected to snow! This is a little weird, but we had about 50 people at our house yesterday. Scarlett's theater cast got stuck (the show must go on but then, it didn't) and we're close, and then we had a 'blizzard party' for neighbors. Very, very fun day! Now, shoveling.

Anonymous said...

Thank GOD you had WINE!

trash said...

Does this mean you will be nmeeting a new husband during this storm???

Daisy said...

We have a saying around here - "here" being the greater Green Bay area and areas nearby. "It's the annual blizzard of the century!" That might be what you're experiencing at the moment. Then again, only in a true blizzard of the century would the Metrodome collapse under the weight of snow (and the weight of Favre's ego).