Tuesday, December 16, 2008


"Be careful driving this morning, as there may be slick spots," my husband admonished me this morning as I rolled out of bed to get ready for work.

"I'll look out to see what things are like first thing," I answered. The photo below is the result. Last night, we were expecting flurries. Looks like it may be more like one to three inches now before the snow has finished.

The snow is still coming down as a sort of freezing mist. My favorite weather—NOT! Of course anything below 50F is not good weather. As I write it is 10F and likely not to get above 20F. However the wind has died down so no wind chill nor much drifting—we'll take the good with the bad.

Friday is my last day of work this year. The company is shutting the plant down until January 5. Plays havoc with vacation. Of course, I was not planning on taking a long vacation next summer, but it would be nice to have the days to take when I want to.

Oh, well, I still want to get up to the Kansas City area before Christmas. Or maybe my sister will feel like driving down for a day or two. We have a book to discuss.

The word of the day for December 16, 2008 is "hibernation" — Pronunciation: \'hī-bər-,nāt\ Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): hi·ber·nat·ed; hi·ber·nat·ing
Etymology: Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare to pass the winter, from hibernus of winter; akin to Latin hiems winter, Greek cheimōn
Date: circa 1802
1 : to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state. 2 : to be or become inactive or dormant.
— hi·ber·na·tion
\,hī-bər-'nā-shən\ noun
— hi·ber·na·tor
\'hī-bər-,nā-tər\ noun

Our quote for the day is from G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742–1799), German physicist, philosopher. “Notebook F,” aph. 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990):
The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.




  1. The print shop I used to work at (14 years) took the same week off every year, the first week of July. They doors would close and that was your vacation. No, after 14 years I never did get more time off for vacation. My boss was the true version of Scrooge. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. It is minus 6 here this morning. I am not complaining, further north it is in the minus twenties. Minnesotans are funny. It seems the worse the weather the more determined they are to ignore it.

  3. Well I sure don't envy you your weather...We say it is freezing cold over here whenever the temp drops below 30f...we have had the coldest start to December for over 30 years...
    It is definatley my time to HIBERNATE... wake me up when spring arrives please..
    Much Love Sybil xx

  4. With the cold weather I would personally like to hibernate for a bit.

  5. I hope you made it to work and home again safely Jan.
    The 'white stuff' on your lawn looks very chilly. Brrrr!
    It makes a lovely picture though.
    Jeanie xxx


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