Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful

With 26 inches of new snow in the past 2 days, I’m running very low on witty things to write. I’m completely losing my sense of humor. With my husband on crutches right now, I get the pleasure of snow shoveling duty. The path between our house and garage is about 2 feet wide and the walls of snow are t 6 feet tall on either side (this picture was taken early in the day, before all the damage had been done). The positive side is that I’ve been able to skip my trips to local gym. Ha…ok, there’s some of my sense of humor peeking its head out… I can’t even remember the last time I was at the gym!


Jeff Dahlberg said...

Hi Barry and Cari, it was great seeing you guys a few months back. My mom told me to look at the snow pictures on your site, it reminded me of the following e-mail that was going around last year:

Subject: Can you Relate???

The Diary of a Colorado Springs Man….

December 8

6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife
and I took our eggnog and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft
flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So
romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9

We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of
the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a lovelier place in the
whole world? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the
first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and
the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the
sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a
perfect life.

December 12

The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor
tells me not to worry; we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on
Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end
of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's
possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14

Snow lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold
makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up
by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow
came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I
would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in
shape this way.

December 15

20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow
tires for the wife's car and two extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The
wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's
silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16
Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway
putting down salt. Hurt like heck. The wife laughed for one hour,
which I think was very cruel.

December 17
Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere.
Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay
warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her.
Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. I hate it
when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living

December 20
Electricity is back on, but had another 14" of the stuff last
night. More shoveling. Took all day. Darn snowplow came by twice. Tried to
find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey.
I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about
buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says
I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's

December 22
Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the
white crap fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till
August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then
I had to poop. By the time I got undressed, pooped and dressed again, I was
too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for
the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the jerk is lying.

December 23
Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to
decorate the front of the house this morning. Is she nuts? Why didn't
she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's

December 24
Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was
having a heart attack. If I ever catch the man who drives that
snowplow, I'll drag him through the snow by his nose and beat him to death with
my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to
finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at 100 miles an hour and
throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing
Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy
watching for the snowplow.!

December 25

Merry-bleeping-Christmas! 20 more inches of the slop tonight.
Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate the snow! Then
the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over
the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think
she's an idiot. If I have to watch It's A Wonderful Life one more time, I'm
going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26

Still snowed in. Why the heck did I ever move here? It was all HER
idea. She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27

Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze. Plumber came
after 14 hours of waiting for him; he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my

December 28

Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The Woman is driving me

December 29
10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could
cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 31

roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver; he is now suing me
for a million dollars not only for the beating I gave him but also for
trying to shove the broken snow shovel up where the sun don't shine. The wife
went home to her mother. 9" predicted.

December 31
I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8

I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep
giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

I can picture Barry reading this around a campfire and chuckling the whole time...

Take care and God bless,

Jeff Dahlberg

Cari Johnson said...

Ha, Ha! I was just thinking of that email the other day. That is EXACTLY how it feels around here. I'll have to post up some new pictures of when the snow really started piling up! It's completely insane and is causing us to be the same.

It was really fun seeing you guys and it's great to hear from you!

Jeff Dahlberg said...

Also, I don't know if you ever worry about snow on the roof, but a friend of mine e-mailed me this:

Cari Johnson said...

Our roof is metal, so it sheds the snow pretty well. We don't have to worry much about it. However, the problem is that all the shed snow is piled so high that we can't see out our windows anymore! We had to carve a window out of the snow today so I could finally see out the bedroom window. I was getting cabin fever and starting to act like a crazy woman. (yes...just starting). :-)


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