Brr…freezing winds are a blowin’

I don’t think I am ready for winter quite yet.  I woke this morning with rain bouncing off my window; rain and wind which I knew was bringing with them the cold weather.  (Thought: does the word “cold” have a double meaning?  Meaning, when its cold outside you catch a cold?  Works for me.)

Slowly, I inched my way out of bed and quickly put on my fuzzy robe and since our youngest “Z”, Zoey decided to work her way through her teething phase by chewing on my slippers, socks are now my only option.

I started my usual morning ritual of putting the coffee on and taking the dogs out for “their” morning ritual.  Nope, not today; they were having none of that cold wind and rain.  This will be an eventful day, trying to coax the three of them outdoors for their “breaks”.

We have had to crank on the heat this week and our household occupants have already experienced aches and pains, stuffy heads and tight chests, cold hands and body chills, coughing, sneezing and all the other fun stuff that blows in with cold weather.  The search for warm blankets has begun and hot-soothing baths are part of our nightly routines.  It is time to break out the heavy coats and start the seasonal search for the “other” glove.

Don’t let me mislead you, I love all of the seasons and the distinct changes that come with each, it’s just that I’m not ready to let go of summer.  Oh well, I guess I should schedule service for the fireplace and have the wood delivered.

Autumn leaves falling.  The leaves started falling off the trees in our yard about two weeks ago and we started thinking it was time to rake and bag the signs of winter.  However, with the windy days we’ve had (and we all know that it is next to impossible to rake leaves in the wind) the task was delayed.  I woke over the weekend after a  night of gusty winds to find that all of the leaves were miraculously gone.  Did the night nomes visit our yard and remove the leaves?  No, not this time.  Just like last year, I waited long enough to rake that the wind took care of them for us and blew them into our neighbors yards.  Not to worry though, if they wait long enough the leaves will proceed down the street until the street sweeper comes to claim them.

This is what the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting for the 2011-2012 winter season.  The Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting “clime and punishment,” a season of unusually cold and stormy weather. For some parts of the country, that means a frigid climate; while for others, it will mean lots of rain and snow.

The upcoming winter looks to be cold to very cold for the Northern Plains, parts of the Northern Rockies, and the western Great Lakes. In contrast, above-normal temperatures are expected across most of the southern and eastern U.S. Near-normal temperatures are expected in the Midwest and Far West, and in southern Florida.

A very active storm track will bring much heavier-than-normal precipitation from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Because of above normal temperatures, much of the precipitation will likely be rain or mixed precipitation, although, during February, some potent East Coast storms could leave heavy snow, albeit of a wet and slushy consistency.

An active Pacific Storm track will guide storm systems into the Pacific Northwest, giving it a wetter-than-normal winter.

Drier-than-normal weather will occur in the Southwest and Southeast corners of the nation.

SO…there it is “heavier-than-normal precipitation” (also known as SNOW) for my area this winter…grrreat.  I guess I should close this story for now and go start looking for the snow shovels and stocking up on salt for the driveway.

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