Most people think it does nothing but rain in the Northwest.? For those of you with that notion, you are mostly correct.? It rains here.? A lot.? So much so even we get sick of it.? No one ever steps out the door and says, “hmmm, looks like a nice day to be soggy.”? We don’t really like to having to wear “outdoor appropriate” shoes all the time.? A cute pair of sandals would be nice on occasion.
However, there are 2 months of the year that it barely rains.? That would be the latter half of July through the mid part of September.? Save that third weekend in August.? It always rains that weekend.? And you would think that since we only have 2 months of truly dry weather people would remember how to drive in wet conditions.? Oh God!? We live in the Northwest and it’s raining!? Whatever will we do?? Those first few days of rain cause traffic nightmares.
Now imagine snow.? If Northwesterners, who live in a rainy area, don’t know how to drive when it rains, imagine what happens when it snows.? We lived in Bellingham, WA* through college and our first year of marriage and the city didn’t even have a snow plow.? They had to rent the one the airport owned.
This morning we woke up to 1/2″ of snow.? We weren’t expecting snow until tomorrow.? And even then the forecast is 1-4″.? Normally snow would be no problem.? The trusty husband and I have the actual ability to drive in the snow.? However, this morning the trusty father-in-law was having knee replacement surgery.? This necessitated a drive south to sit at the hospital with the trusty mother-in-law.
Neither I nor the trusty husband wanted to wrangle a 3 year old in a hospital lobby so we pawned him off on my mother.? Mom lives in the sticks.? At 7:45 this morning she calls to let us know the freeway was pretty icy in their area so we might want to think about leaving a little later.? (surgery was scheduled for 9:30, was only 1 hour long, mom lives an hour away and 20 minutes from the hospital)
My mom is a hyper nut when it comes to snow.? She lives in the sticks really so I don’t blame her too much.? But what made the whole thing so much more comical is that as we had our morning coffee and watched the news we were watching the school closures and delays.? Did you happen to catch that snowfall total I mentioned above?? I’ll give you a minute to check it out again…? Did you roll your eyes yet?
Boy, I’m sure glad they canceled schools here.? I mean with all the snow and all.? Not sure what snow looks like in your part of the country, but in this here Northwest it is wet and green.? Oh wait, that’s moss.? There is no snow.? And schools were canceled.
BTW, the trusty father-in-law made it through surgery just fine and the MIL has called for a coffee already.