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Dec '12

A Southern Girl’s Views on Snow

For most of my life, I lived in south Arkansas and Texas.  The climate is about the same.  In the winter, we might have a few days that are pretty cold.  We can even get a day or two of snow each year.  If we’re honest, it’s more ice on the roads than actual snow, and when it actually happens, they close school down.

In 2005, we moved to The Netherlands. As you can imagine, the climate is a bit different that where we came from.   Normally, Dutch weather can be described as rainy. It gets cold, but we don’t get excessive amounts of snow here. It feels colder than it actually is in the winter because of the humidity and wind. It usually snows every year, and this year, it hit a little earlier than normal.

Last week, we had a couple of days of snow. I think that it’s so beautiful – from inside my house. When it snows, school doesn’t shut down.  You have to plan more time getting to school. I’ve gotten a bit more used to driving in the snow, but that doesn’t mean that I like it.

Outside our house in the snow

In our time here, we haven’t gotten winter tires yet, but I told Mike that this might be our year to get them. I honestly didn’t know such a thing existed. I told that to some friends from Michigan and Canada and nearly lost friendships over it.  I had always heard of chains on tires, but I learned that there are actual tires made just for the winter.  In fact, in Germany, you legally have to have them on your car in the winter.

Life definitely doesn’t stop  when it does snow. I still have to take my dog for a walk. He actually loves walking in the snow. I think it has something to do with the fact that his breed is originally from Scotland. Last year, we had a bit of a problem with walking him though. He got ice stuck in the pads of his feet, and it caused him a lot of pain.  That could have something to do with the fact that I thought we could still go on our normal hour walk.  So, this year, I’m taking him for shorter walks.

Footprints in the snow

I saw several people walking their dogs in the snow. You can always tell the dogs that like chasing after tennis balls. The owners throw snowballs, and the dogs jump up to catch them. It’s pretty funny to watch. It made me want to start throwing tennis balls with Boomer just to see the same reaction from him the next time it snows.

I don’t know if we’ll have a white Christmas or not, but I’m going to guess that we’ll have some more snow though before the winter ends.  I guess officially that it hasn’t started yet. When the snow comes, I hope to be inside drinking a cup of tea or enjoying some soup.  I guess I’m still a Southern girl who likes the warmth

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