This is how I feel.
Just like this.
Is there anyone you can sympathize with, more than our Good Ol' Charlie Brown?
I live in the Northern part of Illinois, 60 minutes directly west of Chicago, almost in the center of the Northern Illinois region. As the crops are coming up in the spring and the fields are a patchwork of color, it is stunningly beautiful. A little red tractor chugs on the horizon, a fat robin hops on the front lawn; I have lilacs. It's really a lovely place to be.
Why anyone would live here if they didn't have to, is beyond me.
I checked the Accuweather forecast for the predictions for the upcoming winter. I wanted to throw my laptop across the room.
If you are squeamish, I must warn you, the following picture might put you over the edge, like it did me.
My area says "worst".
I cannot believe it could be worse than last year???
AccuWeather.com Long-Range Meteorologist Josh Nagelberg even went so far as to say, "People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter."
Why would you say that??? How can we go on if the weather man doesn't like it here?
People talk of the snow like it's beautiful. Makes everything clean, they say. Quiets it all down.
This is a more accurate photo of a snowfall.
Dirty. Wet. Painful.
I was raised in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. I learned to drive in it, spent my childhood in it.
My husband and I moved to Louisville, KY and then Memphis, TN and I promised myself I would never ever ever live in that weather again. I would watch the Weather Channel and see the storms hitting Chicago and think "why do they live there??" I remember one particular day, it was 12* in Chicago and 57* in Memphis while I planted sugar snap peas in February.
I cannot stop the snow or the cold. I cannot change the winter or my current address.
I can work on my attitude. (and my driving skills...)
I will start working on my attitude tomorrow.