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!