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Seattle: Winter Wonderland?

Seattle is a winter wonderland with emphasis on “wonder”.

This isn’t Nebraska or Iowa, but Puget Sound. It’s been snowing all week and I’ve been out there shoveling. This morning was particularly hard since there was 5-6” of snow to shovel and unlike back in Nebraska, I don’t have a snow blower. In fact, I’ve never seen a snow blower being sold in large or small hardware stores around here. And when I was nearly finished it started snowing again and another 3-6” of snow is expected tonight. Believe me when I say this weather is truly atypical for Seattle and it is unknown when it will let up – truly a wonder.

Driving conditions are pretty poor as well, and the metro is pretty much shut down. It’s good, though, since most people can’t drive in this weather. With experience growing up in worse and an all-wheel drive car I didn’t find it too bad but the streets were fairly clear of cars slamming on breaks or peeling out.

It has been beautiful and it appears we’ll have a white Christmas here in Seattle, but I do hope the power stays on with the lines and trees hanging over those lines holding up quite a bit of weight. The big winter storm of 2006 left many homes without power including ours – some up to 2 weeks without power. Hopefully those lines were bolstered.

I’ve also found shovel snow to be great cardiovascular exercise, so it’s not so bad. And I have a great shovel I bought sometime ago and actually use all-year round: they work great as dust pans without having to haunch over while trying to pull a large broom, or to scoop out sludge and wet leaves from the drain in the street outside our house.

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