The Never-Ending Winter

So we got more snow yesterday. Not just a dusting. No. We got several inches. As I sit here staring out the window at our yard, it looks more like mid-February than late April. I pray. I pray this is the last of it for this season. I want my Spring and I want it NOW! I was nervous as Jess – my husband was driving home from work last night. Visibility was wretched. It normally takes him about 10 minutes or less to get home. Last night it was closer to 40 minutes. Ugh. We had thunder snow last night with lightening. Such odd weather for this time of year. Makes me wonder what the summer will be like. I have a feeling we’ll go straight from this wintery weather to summer. Not sure that is a good thing. I am praying for a cool summer – highs in the 60’s to low 70’s and no humidity. That would be heavenly. My favorite temperature range is high 50’s to mid-60’s. I like it on the cool side.

Okay. I vented. Much better.

On a happier note, my new kettlbells arrived yesterday! Both of them – my brand new Dragon Door 12kg (26lb) kettlelbells arrived just THREE days after ordering them. I was quite surprised. Pleasantly so. I was able to use one of them for Day 2 of the 21 Day Kettlebell Challenge which, by the way, is going very well. Today is Day 3 and I shall do it later today. I love the concentration on swings because I feel like it is firming up my form and forcing me to focus on form more than anything – which is extremely important. Never underestimate the power of the swing!

Writing is going fairly well. I am going to reinstate my word count goals. I am going to write 500 words a day – which is basically what I am doing right now with my novel. It’s coming. I am referring to myself as a snowplow as I write. I am plowing a path – setting down the story and then I shall go back and add/delete/finesse once I get the actual story down. So far, it is working well this way so we shall see. It’s been hard turning off the internal editor in me. Blame it on journalism and writing for television news. LOL.

I’m sipping one of my new teas I ordered that arrived today. I love Republic of Tea. This cup is Honey Ginseng green tea and it is very nice – delicate and soothing. My next cup will be Ginger Peach green tea. I have Ginger Peach black tea and LOVE it so I can’t wait to try the green tea version. I also ordered the loose leaf Moroccan Tea for Jess. It smells so good. I will wait for Jess to get home so he can try it first. πŸ™‚ I’m TRYING to drink more tea again and less coffee – even though I’ve had three cups coffee – or was it four – today so far. I got up late today. Pumpkin woke up at two this morning after having a bad dream. She tossed and turned after crawling in with us. We both slept in till 11 AM. I know – bad. Especially since I went to bed at 11 last night and CRASHED. The three of us played Portal 2 which was a lot of fun and then watched an episode of The IT Crowd (British sitcom) which is VERY funny. I just ordered season three and four.

I know this is a rather dull post. But sometimes it’s nice to just post. It helps me gather my thoughts. And I do know I like to read the day to day things of others from time to time.

I guess that is one nice thing about the aftermath of a snowstorm – the calm that settles in. I feel very calm and at peace today. It’s a nice feeling. πŸ™‚

0 Replies to “The Never-Ending Winter”

  1. We were sitting in work yesterday talking about the 10 inches of snow in Wisconsin. One of our bigger customers is up that way, and they had called to get all kinds of information because of it. The whole time I was thinking, “Man, I bet Tracy is screaming at the snow right now!”

    1. I WAS! This is insane. Montana? No. I was used to it out there. But Wisconsin – ugh. I’m just plain tired of wintery weather. I want to play outside. *pouts . The nice weather will come. I feel bad for your customer! Hope their travels were safe. I mean, we’ve had dustings as late as May but this was a dumping. What is the weather like by you?

  2. We’re getting snow here, too, although not as much as you. It’s just a nasty mix of cold and damp. Yuck. I’m beyond ready for some cool spring weather, too!

  3. I like these posts…it’s like I am sitting with you, just passing the time. I like to hear about your day with AnnShirley & evenings with Jess, Im glad he got home ok…& hoping Spring finds you soon!

    I admire that you have an actual novel going. I
    don’t have ambitions in that direction for now;
    but, I’m fascinated by the process. I look forward to reading your finished product!

    1. That’s how I feel when I read your posts about your day too! πŸ™‚ Now we have the same mug! LOL! I worry about being too boring with my stuff. You always have activities going on. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Brandee. Oh btw, the Moroccan Mint tea is OMG delicious. πŸ™‚

  4. There is something very soothing about this post. As others said before me, I love going through your day with you, as though we could actually share a cup of tea together. I especially related to what you said about turning off the internal editor, not only in relation to writing but also with reference to general expression and life conduct. I remember reading a series of blogposts by Tara Sophia Mohr on turning off the inner editor/critic and they were particularly instructive for me, as was this reading on the same topic: http://tinkstephenson.com/?p=1197

    I hope spring returns soon – I love the images of everything blossoming on your blog and the delight it brings to your life.

      1. Oh I like that, Roxanne! Thank you! If only we could all share a cup of tea together. Wouldn’t that be nice? Thanks for the link! I still need to check it out. πŸ™‚ I hope spring returns soon too. I shall jump for joy when it does.

  5. Oh love! I’m sorry about the snow. I really had hoped that it would be getting better for you since so many other places are having good weather right now. *Shakes angry fist at the snow*

    Those teas sound just delicious. I am a massive fan of peppermint tea as well as lemon ginger tea and vanilla and camomile. Scrumptious.

    With writing, you can sign up for 750words.com. I have to say that it has been so fantastic in getting me to write this year. I don’t know what I would do without it now!

  6. It’s melting, thank goodness! But it sure doesn’t “feel” like April! I’ll check out 750 words. Sounds cool. I love peppermint tea. We have started drinking tea after dinner each night now and I have to say I really like it. It’s soothing. I can just see you shaking your fist at the snow. Thanks! πŸ™‚ You put a smile on my face. πŸ˜€

  7. Ok, it IS coming, because it’s about 60 and sunny in Chicago today, just in time for Easter! So hang in there!

    Also, I LOVE the Republic of Tea! They make a blackberry-sage black tea that I highly recommend!

    Also, I love this: “But sometimes it’s nice to just post. It helps me gather my thoughts. And I do know I like to read the day to day things of others from time to time. ” Yes!!!!

  8. Sometimes a post like this is exactly what’s called for–just going about the business of living, processing the world. And God, yes, venting about snow.

  9. Hi Tracy,
    Sorry the weather continues to disappoint. In the desert we went straight from winter to summer, too – no spring at all, really. I’m still intrigued by your kettle bell training and 21-day challenge. Would LOVE your insight on how to start (no rush; when you can send links, it would be wonderful). Love that you’re working toward your novel goals – 500 words a day is wonderful. I’m like you: I edit every stinkin’ sentence till I get it right. I am simply not capable of writing a rough first draft then going back to fix. Tried it. Not in me… Is that my journalism training, too? Hmm.. Have a great night, Tracy.

  10. I can’t believe you got more snow! That is NOT FAIR. we are FINALLY getting our spring weather – it actually hit 80 yesterday – my favorite temp is 73, but I have a feeling we are just going to dive into the 80s and 90s this year. Oh well- it’s better than snow (at least, it is to me).

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