Our View From Here

Perspectives of Five Women

What’s with this weather?

English: Groundhog sculpture in Punxsutawney, ...

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At the end of a morning jog around Green Lake

Good ole’ Punxatawny Phil got it wrong. When the poor rodent was pulled from his hidey hole in Gobbler’s Knob last week, he said that there would be six more weeks of winter. I think Poor Phil forgot to look at the weather forecast because this has been anything but winter.

Here in Seattle, we’ve had exactly one week of winter. We had mild temperatures all the way through November and December. Finally, for one week in January we had cold and snow. It was enough to close schools for four days. Eight inches in most of the northern half of the country would be no big deal, but we had three issues: 1.) We don’t get snow often and especially not that amount all at once, so people don’t know how to handle it. 2.) It snowed, then iced, then snowed, then melted, then iced. It was ugly. 3.) We are the second hilliest city in the country (behind San Francisco) and it made for treacherous driving conditions. Some of our major downtown roads are hills that terminate at the Puget Sound! I enjoyed the time off – snuggling with my dog on the couch, drinking tea and cocoa, and getting my money’s worth out of my Netflix subscription.

But now? Not winter. It was 60 degrees here on Tuesday, and that followed a very spring like winter. I took my dog to Green Lake for a walk over the weekend and it was packed! We weaved our way around the lake, enjoying the sunshine and the sights. It was a gorgeous day and did not resemble winter in any way.

Not that I’m complaining. I work in one of the oldest schools in the city and the heat is less than reliable. I haven’t had to bundle up in my heaviest sweaters to get through the cold mornings. When running, I haven’t had to wear four layers to stay warm on the long morning runs.  Maybe it’s global warming, maybe it’s a natural fluctuation of temperatures, or maybe it’s just a a fluke. All I know is that I am ready for spring and an early one sounds great to me!

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Lame jokes and other happy things.

As I predicted in early January, I am now thoroughly sick of winter.  I’m fed up with icy sidewalks (missed my bus this morning because I was walking slowly to avoid slipping), I’m tired of digging and I’m in a really grumpy mood a lot of the time.  In order to abate my grumpiness I’ve taken to collecting happy things. 

I bought cheesecake last week to share with my co-workers. A friend sent me a link to penguin finger puppets.  I email people funny or cute links.  Sometimes, I come across links that remind me of how ridiculous the snow has been this year.

The other day, in our office, we sat around and told jokes.  Lame jokes.  But, they made me smile, and for a moment, I forgot about trudging through snow, frigid fingertips and watery eyes.  I’ll share a few of those with you, some of which I’m sure you’ve heard before.

A man walks into a bar and says, “ouch.”

 What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
Time to get a new fence.


 How do you know when an elephant has been in your refrigerator? 
There are footprints in the butter.

The three worst mistakes you can make are overpromising and underdelivering.






Yes, quite a few of the jokes we traded were about elephants.  No, I don’t know why.  

I’m just trying to focus on small things that make me grin, rather than the big things that make me grimace.  It’s going to be a long winter.  No matter what the February 2 rodent says. 

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The (literal) view from here

New England has been put on notice for the last several days: 

A BIG ONE is coming!  Prepare yourselves!  Buy lots of bottled water and toilet paper!  You might not leave your house for days!

It’s the same every year. The first big Nor’easter of every season sends our meteorologists and the public into a tizzy.  “How will we make it through?” “What can we do?”  Well, pretty much the same things you did last year when this exact same thing happened.  You’ll hunker down, then you’ll get your shovel and dig yourself out. 

Today, I’ll be working from home.  Getting into work would probably take hours and we’re right in the middle of the heaviest bands of snow.  So, before I’m sick and tired of it (which will be approximately one snowstorm from now) I thought I’d post some pictures of the beautiful white landscape. 

From inside my window

Venturing outside

Roxy in the snow

Gratuitous puppy-in-the-snow photo

frosty face


I hope, where ever you are, you’re warm and cozy.  This is how I’ll be spending my day:

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