This is Margaret…
Everybody knows that North Idaho gets real winters, but this February is one for the books. Literally. This area has not gotten this much snow in February since 1949. We’re getting way more than in 1949. I didn’t think school cancellations existed here except for in the case of a zombie apocalypse. Maybe not even then. So far we’ve had 2 snow days this month. The school district even changed it’s policy to permit two hour delays. We haven’t had one yet, but still. Policies are being changed because of how much it is snowing.
I wish I could say that I am loving it, but I’m really not. Just typing this is giving me seasonal depression. It’s not just the snow. It has rarely been above 30 degrees all month and very little sunshine. North Idaho is just hanging out in the 20’s, no hurry to get to spring. Today is February 28th. March will be here tomorrow. I always thought March was supposed to be springy and spring has definitely not sprung here. It’s buried under feet of snow. I’ve started to worry about the weather forecasters. People hate them because they’re always wrong, but I bet their losing friends in droves this February.
Yesterday was trash day. We shoveled the driveway and a little path for the trash bin and recycling bin, which live on the side of the house. The snow berm has since iced over since being shoveled because the other night it was 8 degrees. I’ll repeat that. It was 8 degrees. I can’t believe it either and I live here. So I went to drag my trash bin down the driveway in the blizzard du jour and I couldn’t drag it around the corner of the house because of the frozen solid snow berm. I yank and yank. Nothing. I tried lifting the trash bin, but it’s heavy and slippery from snow and ice. After minutes of this I become increasingly angry. Angry at the snow berm, angry at the icy trash bin and angry at the weather. I am now cussing. At my trash bin. I temporarily stop wrestling with the trash bin because it was exhausting. I look over and my neighbor is watching me in fascination. I scream “I HATE WINTER!!!!!!” I think I scared him. Spring needs to come soon, because I’m becoming scary.