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Kansas Winter - Love or Leave?


It is brutal out there today. Thank you to mail carriers who work, even walk around in the cold, snow and wind. Douglas County does an exceptional job of keeping the rural roads clear. We appreciate those workers who probably feel they hardly had a Holiday.

Last year at this time, I would have joined their ranks looking at similar scenes through a rolled down car window while delivering mail to rural customers. Only once did I have a route stopping experience in this type of weather with no one coming along to assist. It was pre-cell phone and thankfully, a customer nearby left their back door unlocked. Those times are memories as retirement is allowing me to now watch the weather from the inside.

Still, despite problems and dangers associated with winter weather, even when I worked in it, I thought it was beautiful. Things look different, somehow cleaner. Sunshine only enhances the beauty of snow cover. It sparkles with shadows creating interesting creations out of everyday items. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jan/07/Ice_Storm_072.jpg

We have Snow Bird friends who would not agree with my assessment of the beauty of a day like today. Many have already left for the south where they are probably sitting outside with no jacket right now. For over 20 years my parents hooked on their fifth wheel camper immediately after our Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration. We visited them several times during the Holidays. It was shirt sleeve warm each time.

I've asked myself, given my love of travel, if following warm temperatures south is an option. We do have an RV, however it is small, much more suited for road trips. Leaving family, grandchildren, for months at a time would be difficult as well. Even though there are opportunities to meet new friends, I would miss long time friends who are still part of the daily working world here.

Just now, I turned again to look out the window at the winter scene. It seems to be getting colder. Maybe it's time for a cup of hot tea in front of the downstairs stove where I am researching, planning and dreaming about roadtrips the other three seasons of this year. Because, for now, I plan to enjoy winter right here in Kansas.


BMI 8 years, 5 months ago

"NW Washington is a nice 50 degrees today as I watch the boats in the harbor out my window." -remark from my ex Lawrencian friend.He just loves to rub it in.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 5 months ago

It's like a wonderland out there and I can hear some birds just singing their hearts out. The snow on the cars has a knife edge as though it were sculpted. I love to see how the wind sculpts snow and sand.

riverdrifter 8 years, 5 months ago

This from a friend on the Edwin H. Gott, an ore boat on Lake Superior:

'Waiting at anchor Duluth harbor under white-out conditions. Expected to arrive Two Harbors at 05:00 Wednesday, Jan 13. for DM&IR to load iron ore pellets . Expected to be the last cargo of the 2009 season at the Two Harbors CN/DM&IR dock. Furtherance to Hallet dock, Duluth for winter lay-up around Jan 19. -1979 1004' USA

Hey, Key West by Jan 25! '

That's all he said but that's enough!

Ronda Miller 8 years, 5 months ago

From my cousin Kent (yesterday) who just moved from Indianapolis to Seattle. (He grew up in Bird City, Kansas)

"It is 50 degrees here. I am walking around in short sleeved shirts and tell everyone I feel like I'm on vacation."

From my cousin Janelle (two days ago) who lives in Tampa, Florida. (She grew up in Bird City, Kansas)

"I know you don't want to hear this, but I'm going to Nassau this weekend. If it makes you feel any better, it is only in the sixties there and in the thirties here."

rub it in, mates, rub it in.

Linda Hanney 8 years, 5 months ago

I talked to a friend in Phoenix two days ago and she said it was shorts weather and her husband was playing in a tennis tournment that day. For now, maybe we just need to "Love you Live"

redneck 8 years, 5 months ago

We got to do something about that darn global warming. Not picking at global warming, just trying to lighten things up. I wouldn't mind it so much if I wasn't in a wheelchair. Spring is always welcome after a winter like this. We are finally getting rid of that Christmas snow. In August we will be complaining about the heat. lol

Liberty275 8 years, 5 months ago

Regardless of the weather, when the housing market picks back up and we can sell our house at a handsome profit, we will be out of kansas faster than a cat out of water. The shear boredom of living in a cornfield is too much.

Our strategy is to sell the house, and then after the next hurricane hits Florida, go in and make a ridiculously low bid on a house far outside our ability to normally afford with a little damage and an owner scared to death of the next hurricane.

Also, Florida has no stupid state income tax.

ENGWOOD 8 years, 5 months ago

Thank the Lord for farmers and their cornfields....... Kansas will be a better place when Liberty275 slithers off to Florida

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

this winter has already taken a toll on me... i am not an old person but i truly feel like i am getting to the age of having less patience w/ crap like snow, ice and sub zero temps.

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