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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Yeah, It's That Time, Again.

Well, much as I hate to think about it, the time has come.
The time to dig out the sweaters and snuggies , get the shovel out of the shed, make sure the windshield scraper is in the car, stock up on canned soups and cocoa, and dig the boots out of the back of the closet.

Yep, winter is just around the corner. Up here in Maine, we'll be putting on the long johns and warming our fannies in front of the wood stove. We'll be making sure we have rock salt on hand to throw on the steps on icy mornings, and checking to see if the guy who plowed our driveway last year is still in the business. We'll be pouring some anti-freeze into the car radiator and some dry gas into the fuel tank. Maybe we'll even start a pool to see who can pick the day of the first real snow storm--the one that doesn't melt away, but leaves everything looking pure, and white and beautiful--winner gets one of them blankets with sleeves they've been advertising on tv.

Those more affluent will be packing their bags to play snowbird and take off for any place warmer for the duration. For some, it's Myrtle Beach, for others, it's Florida or Arizona. And then they'll regularly call us poor slobs back here in Maine just to say, "What's the temperature up there today? Ten below zero? No kidding. Well, it's eighty-four, here, and we were just going out on the deck to get a little sunshine and sip a pina colada before we jump into the pool!" (Those bastards love to rub it in your face! )

25 comments:

Lorie said...

The snow birds are the same people that like to call and rub it in when it is 120 degrees here!! ;D

Keep warm!!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I just turned on my heat for the first time. Of course, now it is 80 outside, so I need to turn the AC back on.

ethelmaepotter! said...

I don't know how you stand these cold winters; me, I can barely stand our Tennessee winters. Were it not for the fact that my family prefers Tennessee, I'd be hightailing it to Florida when retirement comes.
The woman in your comic reminds me of myself - same hair, same double chin, same behind and huge thighs and calves, but...hey, where'd my perky breasts go?!!! How come hers are sitting up proudly on her chest and mine are...a little lower?

Tam said...

I miss living in Boston...I miss the snow and not being able to find my car because all the white lumps in the parking lot look the same! Truly, we don't get snow like that here and I'd trade the rain any day! Enjoy!

Unknown Mami said...

Those Bastards!

The Retired One said...

Hey Eva, you just went on a huge trip across country, so don't make fun of the sunbirds!! ha

We have that happen all the time too. My daughter lives in Florida and calls and laughs when I tell her we have snow when it snows. Little brat!

We hope to go and visit her next month, so be prepared to see tropical photos about the time you get your snow. But not to worry, we will have to return to the U.P. and snow too!

lakeviewer said...

Yeah, they do rub it in, don't they? Stay warm.

Steven Anthony said...

I live in Michigan, I have friends who winter in Florida, I must admitt I screen there calls dec thru feb...lol

peace and warmth to you my friend;)

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

You are too funny! I love this pic you put with this post. Great!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh yea...I'm so excited:( I just washed all the hats and gloves this weekend. I am not ready....no, not at all ready. My mother in law is one of those snowbirds.

singedwingangel said...

lmbo @ the snowbirds.. I feel ya although we don't get as bad as Maine does I require living ina state that has 4 distinct seasons lol.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I was just thinking today that it's mid November and no snow bar a tiny flurry a few weeks back, which is unusual. Once it arrives it stays till April till you forget what grass or concrete looks like. But so far still sunny, still temperate and still a snow free zone. Perfect! Do you guys have to plug your cars in at night up there in Maine too?

Debbie said...

Oh Eva!! This made me laugh out loud and I am not just saying that! I am all alone at the house so it was a little bit weird...:)...You covered ALL the bases and my absolute 2 favorites......1.Call and see if the plow guy from last year is still in business...and 2. Those damned snowbirds who love to rub it in!! I loved it!! We JUST called our plow guy a few days ago for just that reason, and my brother who lived in Maine his ENTIRE LIFE AND JUST MOVED TO NASHVILLE 3 years ago is CONSTANTLY telling me what the temperature is there!! I hate it...especially when the temp is the same here....and he just goes..."uh huh and oh!..another great thing down here is"...On and on! Thanks for making me laugh.

Char said...

After I moved to Florida, I would talk to my family in Kentucky. In the winter, I would say the temp is 88*. My daughter and my sister would reply with "Bite me" or "Kiss my a**". I always go up there for Christmas and freeze mine off!

Eva Gallant said...

Lorie: You have my sympathy!

Lee: Where the heck is it 80 degrees?? Here it hit 60 yesterday, but not 80!

Ethel: You are such a wimp! lol Winter in Tennessee is like a bad summer in Maine!

Tam: I can identify with those lumps all looking the same. But this year, I'm retired, so I won't be going out in the nasty weather and trying to pick my car out of a parking lot of white lumps!

Unknown Mami: Thank you for the kind words!

Retired One: A brief sojourn to the south out of the cold does not a snowbird make! Even if you send those tropical pics, I won't call you one of the bastards! lol

lakeviewer: like salt in a wound, the rub it in!

Steven: I'm sure where you live, you fully understand what I'm talking about!

Everyday Mom: The picture is Big Hilda..she appeared in ads and on calendars back in the 1950's! I love her because she's so real!

Sherri: Glad you're ready! And doesn't it just figure that a MIL would be a snowbird!!

Singedwing: Some years, Maine only has 3 seasons; winter, mudseason, and summer!

Veg: I live in Southern Maine; no palm trees, but I haven't had a garage in 30 years, never plugged the car in, and it has started faithfully. (Different cars, over the years, but same performance!)

Debbie: The next time that brother calls in midwinter to brag about the weather, I'd give him the raspberry right over the phone!!

blueviolet said...

Just hang up on those winter scaredy cats!

Kristina P. said...

I hope that you really do have a Snuggie. And if you do, you need to send me a picture!

Jen said...

Great one Eva....love your picture too....we have been fortunate, we could have snow, ...lets not rush the snuggies/longjohns....lol

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I love it when my aunt calls from Florida and tells us she has her air conditioner on while were snuggling up to the wood stove. Stay warm!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Since I live in california I'm going to be very careful here-- But I do not know how you do it! It's 60 degrees here and I have the heater on along with a turtle next sweater, a fleece jacket and a blanket.

Yes, I'm a total wimp.

Stay warm Eva,
xo

Holly said...

Thanks for stopping by my place the other day. Thought I'd pop over and say hi. Sometimes I say I would love to leave California but then again, you cannot beat the weather.

Holly @ 504 Main

My name is PJ. said...

What is it like to have 6 months of winter? Do you ski or snow shoe? I used to do both......

Kristen said...

It's not even that warm here in SC in the winter lol...I know...you're speaking figuratively lol. I can't imagine living in Maine...but I'm sure you couldn't imagine living in SC either! To each their own...have fun in the snow!!

kanishk said...

How come hers are sitting up proudly on her chest and mine are..


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bluecottonmemory said...

I love snow! No one could rub it in my face, unless they literally did it!