Evidently for some people ice needs to be in nugget form. Not crushed or cubed, not even chipped. It needs to be in nuggets. This shape of ice is a little larger than a pea. A few months ago, those who are fans of nugget ice received a written apology from a convenience store manager when they had to settle for crushed ice. The posted sign over the nugget ice dispenser read: “We apologize, the nugget ice maker is out of service.”
We all have our favorite refreshments, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m not sure I would expect an apology for one form of ice when two feet away I can have another form.
Can we agree that our need for a certain shape, size or consistency of ice should be added to the list of first world problems?
We haven’t had any significant snow since November. The winter grey that Kentucky usually experiences in January and February moved in early this year — December. It has out-stayed its welcome. The good news that in my fight to keep my mood from falling into a putty-colored state, I’ve exercised more. Just to keep moving, there have been a couple of home projects marked off the list.
The bad news is that my electric bill has increased in my attempt to turn on enough lights to keep the dreariness out of the house. About every three days the sun comes out. It makes me want to shove the dog out of the single beam to soak up enough to carry me through the next several days of dullness.
Our friends in the Northeast have been hammered with snow and ice. Many of them are probably wishing they could see the dead grass in their yards. Know that my heart goes out to them. I wish Mother Nature could have just split the difference this year so we could share in some of the snow fun. While I may be guilty of doing the “snow day” dance for the schools to close with my high school, for the most part I’ve graduated from snow days and look forward to enjoying a beautiful snow that can break up the winter.
As of this post there are 39 days until spring. Anything is possible with our Kentucky/Ohio valley weather. There still may be a good snow in our future. In the meantime, what are you doing to ward off the winter blah?
Typically in Kentucky January and February are dreary, cloudy and cold months. They are long and like walking through taffy to get to spring. This year a winter polar blast has come to visit. We are in the midst of very cold days and snow! True to form, people are starting to grouse and wish this six-week visitor would pack its ice cycles and go home.
Beyond the initial mess these winter storms bring, the road crews have done well to get the streets cleared so being out and about lends an opportunity to experience the winter wonder land. It’s amazing to see the sleeves of ice coating each little limb and stem of the trees and shrubs. I feel for our old pine tree with the burden of ice that pulls the branches downward from its 60 feet height. But the sun is out today and is helping to melt away some of that load. No doubt the strength of 20 plus years will sustain our wooden friend. The sunshine is probably the great redeemer in this long winter visitor. If you followed our dog around all day you would know the places in the house that the beams of light invade and remind us that warmth is available.
Yes, warmth is available and more is on its way. In the next few weeks, whether Mr. Winter has departed or not, the early spring flowers will begin their reign and the seasonal tug-of-war will begin. I like to think that right now beneath inches of snow and ice, my flowers are sleeping and building their strength. Their time will come and when it does those beautiful and graceful buds will burst through whatever lays above.
Weather is wonderfully unpredictable. But we can count on the seasons to change. We can count on the snow and ice to melt and spring to arrive. It will show up in all its color and glory. Keep watching for it, but don’t miss the beauty that has beaten the winter doldrums.