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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter. Blech.

So, I hate winter. Like LOATHE. I do not make any attempts even to cover up that fact. I DO NOT LIKE to be cold. At all. Ever. So this winter with our 44 inches or whatever the final total of snow is has been particularly nightmarish for me. Well, it just got even more enjoyable last week. Seems when the water all freezes in your gutters and keeps re-freezing and accumulating more water until it is a gigantic solid mass of ice completely encasing your very high-up and impossible to reach gutters, it creates what is called an ice dam. This makes it impossible for any water that is coming off the roof from the 837 inches of snow melting to go into the gutter. But alas, gravity says that water has to go somewhere. Also, water that blows up under your shingles when you have winds in excess of 55 mph and freezes seems to lift them up and damage seals around roof vents as well. (Are you seeing where this is going??) And what started out as "um, honey, this window is dripping" has now become a new half of a roof put on our home, industrial drying equipment blowing in our house for the last week straight (mmm, extra industrial drafty, so nice in the winter), holes cut in walls to get out wet insulation and allow the blowers to get air in there to dry out the walls, baseboards and window trim removed, a shower being torn out, counter tops set to be torn out, and possibly some cabinets and more insulation/walls torn out too in the kitchen and the kids' bedroom. In February. When it is cold. And, as noted, I am not a fan of cold. I am also not a fan of having my house torn up and cut into pieces, while chasing around 4 kids, a cat, a dog, and an ever changing number of rodents. (btw, Snowy was found yesterday, flattened and stuck, yes, actually stuck, to a wall behind a book shelf-my life is so special right now. Disgusting.) I am however a fan of our homeowners insurance and their awesome helpfulness and also a fan of getting to replace my hideous brown 1979 shower and equally hideous fake butcher block laminate counter tops with shiny new ones. A silver lining after all!! (I have wanted to replace those suckers for years so thanks, Ice! But now please go away. Forever. Thank you. And we could have done without all the drama too, Water. Jeez.)

But I STILL hate winter. Blech.

PS-and our local high school had the whole gym end of it collapse b/c of snow and ice, very very scary-winter is not any good at all. NONE.


missy said...

being cold is miserable. sorry about your mess, but i'm happy about your silver lining! question: does "flattened and stuck" mean snowy is dead? if so, sorry about snowy's untimely demise. i'm sure you have sad kids if that's the case.

Tisha said...

Man Jody, I still can't get over the winter you have had. I am not a fan of winter either, but I haven't had to endure anything like that. I do look forward to see all the updates and I hope they get updated FAST!

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I really appreciate it!

Gene said...

And NO pet in your house should EVER be named "Snowy" again. Ever.

"Sunny" or "Fair & Mild" would seem to be much better choices for ALL of us to keep in mind.

be_a_Mary said...

UG. that BITES. i don't like the cold either. not one bit. and that's gross about Snowy. i say hop a plane to the Carribean while you wait out the nuisance. don't you think?

Dawn said...

are you still alive????

word verification: tabospoop

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Teri said...

Wow, what a nightmare!! I'm glad your insurance is going to help...

Here's something to cheer you up:

"Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny? Oh....yeah, me neither."

LOL Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I am so with you on needing winter to be OVER!! :)