Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Winter in Wisconsin...

Remember last winter...100+ inches of snow here? Well, I have been dreading this year's winter so very much. I live 25 miles from work...a lovely commute in the spring, summer and fall months. Not so much fun in the winter. I had even gotten to the point of having mini-panic attacks...and it hadn't even snowed, yet! For pete's sake...get a grip, girl!

So, last night, as I was standing on the patio, waiting for the dogs to potty, I was thinking about winter and heard these words..."I am going to embrace this winter weather!"

I said, "WHAT?"

"Who said that??? Did I just say that I was going to embrace this winter weather? ohmy."

But, I thought about it and decided that there is no reason to be in a bad mood for the next several months. If I don't like winter (as much as I don't), then I could always move to a warmer climate...ya know? In the meantime, I will try to be more tolerant of this cold weather and find the good in the days, instead of continually grumbling about the cold and snow. Doesn't mean I have to like it...I just need to be more forgiving. Grin and bear it...don't you think?

Cuz, you know...during the next 4 months, there will be a lot of snow and cold and I really don't want to wish time away completely! So. I will (try to) have a better outlook for this season. After all, there are actually some good things that happen during winter. Christmas. My birthday. hmmmm...I guess that's all {grin}.

The mini-panic attacks I was mentioning were all about driving to work. Not going to kill myself trying to get to work when there are all those crazy drivers out there driving 55+ mph on icy roads! I am actually able to go in later than my normal time...& I have tons of vacation (5 weeks), so I am able to take a day off here and there if the roads are really that bad. Now that I have dealt with the 'what ifs', I feel much better...I feel as if (perhaps) I really could embrace this winter.

I received an email from Alissa, my granddaughter, Kaylynn's, Mom.
She found the Be Funky website and was playing around...
here's what she came up with.

Here's one I of my very favorite photos ever! Cruiser and Kim...


Joanne said...

Good for you Jacque - You sound like me - I panic when I have to drive in the snow - just hate it - never had a problem when i'm on the roads alone - it's the other cars coming at me that freak me out! I made the decision a few years ago that no job is worth killing myself to get there at 7:00 in the morning - Even now that i'm at a temp job after being layed off and not salary and no vacation time left, I will "wait" it out and so be it if i can't make it and not get paid. Love that befunky site - been turning my husband and kitties into cartoons all week - one of the writers at work sends me her weekly info with a pic of her new boxer puppy (a requirement I gave her! LOL) and I returned her puppy pic as a cartoon - She loved it and wants to frame it! Too funny - Joanne

Brenis said...

Sounds like a good resolve to me! Good for you!! :) Or.. ya know... you could just move to Colorado!! :p

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you will try to embrace winter, i don't want you to be cranky all winter! :)
Love the funky website, can't figure out how to get my pics on my blog......i know, you are thinking...good grief!

Anonymous said...

I am truly glad to see someone else has trouble
putting pictures on the computer / their blog!!
I am not the only one!!!

I love the Kaylynn picture!!

In regard to winter / snow and driving, I figure, if I can get there safely, so be it.
If not, then I will stay home and work from home or just call in and use a vacation day. The world will not end if we are not at work for a day here and there due to horrible weather.

JoJo said...

As I've gotten older, I've become much more cautious about driving when the weather's bad. And if it's snowing, I make DH call me when he gets to work so I don't have to wonder about him having an accident.

I did make a deal with myself that I was going to try and adopt Sunnie's attitude about the snow this year. Thankfully, I don't work outside the home and don't have to go out if I don't want to. But my MIL has a great attitude about weather in general. She always says "There will be weather, whether you want it or not!"

These days, though, Fibromyalgia makes me grateful to just wake up still above ground. Each day is precious and I don't want to waste it complaining.

Stay safe, Jacque, and if the weather's bad, stay home.