Arkansas may be having it's mildest winter ever, but Europe is suffering one of the worst winters ever.
Schools have closed, public transportation has all but stalled and people are struggling to keep their homes warm. Climate change is affecting us all, from the hottest summers on record to the wettest springs and the coldest winters. This time last year we were recovering from 24" of freshly fallen snow. Jerry was home, simply because he couldn't get out of the driveway until he shoveled it, and it wouldn't stop snowing long enough for him to make a dent in the job!
We had several snows last winter, one after the other for about 6 weeks. It was like Mother Nature was mad at us. Shoveling became a weekly chore, boots remained at the door and coats, hats and gloves never got put away.
Sometime around snow #4 or 5, Jerry decided he was going to buy a snow plow for next winter. Up till then, he had said we live too far South to own a snow plow. Something about us not getting enough snow. We have one now setting in the garage... waiting!
You have time to do some deep thinking when you're going back and forth, shoveling. Things like where you'd like to retire.
Chicago's not on the list, or Minneapolis either. He's not a snow person, I blame it on his early years spent in Puerto Rico and Florida. Deprived of the white stuff, he grew up to HATE IT. From the first cold day in the fall to the last cool day in the spring he mentions how much he dislikes the cold.
I'm thinking it's probably too late to change him!
*We're in Dallas this morning visiting our kids and it's snowing at our house on Granny Mountain!!! Maybe he'll get to use that snow blower after all!