2011年1月18日火曜日

note to self to be read November 2011

Dear Heather,

It's getting cold again. Snow soon if you haven't had it already. You've been living in snow country for near on eight years now. There're some things you should know by now. But you don't seem to remember from one snow season to another. That whole blocking things out thing has something to do with it I'm sure but, in order to avoid another season of 'ohhhh right, I remember!' moments here's a little crib sheet for you:

*No matter how light on your feet you think you are you are not able to walk to the chook cage and back without disturbing the latest covering of powder snow so don't wear sandals. You will regret it. Really.

*It's never too much of a hassle to go back and get your jacket/ gloves/ scarf/ boots/ change out of those wet socks from above. The discomfort will only increase as the day goes on. Really.

*Defrosting the windscreen. Do it. Properly. Really.

*Re above- elbow work and the windscreen scraper. It's freezing, yes. It's a sucky job, yes. But tipping a kettle-full of hot water over it? Not a good idea. Really.

*Remove snow from car roof before you open the door. All of it. Really.

*Don't turn the wipers on to clear the windscreen of snow while the door is still open. Really.

*Remember when it comes to winter roads white is fluffy good. Black is slippery bad. Really.

*You're never going to remember whether you turn into a slide or against it when it actually happens and panic takes over so just forget it and drive very slowly and cautiously so when you do slip (and you will) at least you won't go far. Really. (Hopefully?)

*The girls are not going to make it 10 metres from the front door to the car without falling over. It's a law of nature. Don't bother re-opening the house to drag them in, denude them and redress them- it's just going to happen again anyway! Brush them down quickly before the snow melts and get them in the car before the encore.

*The girls can not walk through snow without kicking it up, picking it up, shaking it down and throwing it around. Don't walk anywhere near them until about April.

Well, that is the worst of your snow err-derr moments from this year. Remember the best way to survive winter is just to deny it. Grab a book, stoke up the fire and just settle in until the snow melts!

Keep warm!

Heather

6 件のコメント:

jojoebi さんのコメント...

These winter posts of yours often make me wonder why you moved up there! I would be like me moving to the sea!!
I have tagged you...
http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2011/01/meme.html
sorry!

Nay さんのコメント...

*silently thanks the man above for us not living in a cold and snowy part of Japan*

Rachel さんのコメント...

Can I print this in the Journal in November?

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

And Heather, remember that there isn't half as much snow down in Oita so if you fancy a break from all the fluffy white head down there for a holiday. Really.

Kim さんのコメント...

Well, maybe you should write a note to yourself come March or so. It's defreezing here. We can walk on ice or in mud. Or, we can run in mud. In our nice "inside" tennis shoes. That used to be white and pink. When Mama screams, Daddy points out that said owner of those tennis shoes grew up in Saitama-shi - nicely paved Saitama-shi, and is clueless when it comes to mud. Can this be real?

And I'm dying to hear what the hot wate did to your windshield...or maybe I'm not?

thefukases さんのコメント...

jo- thanks for the tag. I have to watch the complaining. I really do love lots of things about winter- it's really pretty, we get so many blue sky days the while world sparkles and ummm welll apples obviously! I just don't do cold. I come from a place without frost let alone snow! And I have to ask- what do you have against the beach?

Nay- not coming back to Nagano to see the monkeys in the snow anytime soon, then? They're so cute.... and that windy hilly road up there would be so much more exciting in the snow, yeah?

Rachel- and have me known as a complainer? Oh, why not. I'll pull out all the stops and add another three pages!

GW- if I moved in you'd have to change the locks to get me out of there! And I have to warn you- being a pickling, gardening, harvesting, preserving type I tend to get along really well with your average obaachan- before you know it Granny K and I will be (no?) bosom buddies!

Kim- ohhhhh tell me about it! And we have rubber rain boots (uninsulated) or polyester snow boots (un water/ mudproof). I spend half my life trying to dry snowboots it seems! It must be a real learning curve going from an apartment in Saitama to a yarded life in the US hey?

Luckily the kettle was not hot enough to crack the windscreen or I really would have been in trouble! What happened was the water hit the ice/ snow and cooled far enough to freeze so instead of a scrapable layer of frost and snow to work at I ended up with a centimetre thick layer of ice. Talk about a shortcut that ended up being a long way around!