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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Not Quite Time for Rabbits

I  have been feeling so bad for my family and friends up in New England with all the snow they have had this winter. My son had to get someone to clear the snow off his roof because ice dams were starting to form. My sister has a very steep driveway, impossible to shovel and their snowblower broke. Poor Steve! I know it's been just terrible and I hear another storm is on its way!
My brother's grill. Massachusetts this week.

I told y'all that a couple of weeks ago we had seven inches fall in one day, an unheard of amount. Due to the unusually cold weather it stuck around for a week and that was even more of a rare occurrance. They shut down the schools for a whole week, we didn't get mail for 3 days and there was nothing on the news except cancelations and pictures of people making snow angels.

Yippee! Snow!

But, for us here in Ooltewah, it seems the winter's on its way out. The pansies are standing up and blooming again. The sun is shining most days. We had temps in the 60s yesterday and again today.

There are catkins on the Bradford Pear trees (those things that look like pussywillows); the snow's long gone and some of the lawns are greening up a little.  While it's not quite time to go out and sit on the back deck in the sun, that's coming soon.

The headlines this past week were no longer about the weather but for three days running they were all about poor Hank, the 42 year old chimpanzee, mascot of the Chattanooga Zoo who had been found dead on Monday. Yesterday they announced they are launching a complete investigation.

Poor old Hank.
So, life goes on, for the rest of us and take heart, spring is on its way, albeit in a few months for my folks up north. And so, with y'all in mind, I have composed a little ditty for you. Ed and I went to see The King's Speech last night, incidentally a fabulous movie. So inspired by something in the movie and by your plight up north, I wrote these lines, which can be sung to the tune of Camptown Races. 

 All the ladies sing this song,
in Oolt’wah, Oolt’wah
Winter’s lasted way too long
In Oolt’wah Tennessee.

Goin to snow all night,
Goin to snow all day,
Seven inches on the ground
Someone get out the sleigh!

Now the snow’s a memory
In Oolt’wah, Oolt’wah.
Spring’s a comin’, yesiree!
To Oolt’wah Tennessee.

Goin' to snow all night
And all the day on through
Way up north but not down here.
We’re lighting the barbecue.

New England’s buried 5 feet deep
Not Oolt’wah, Oolt’wah.
Come on down, the flights are cheap
To Oolt’wah Tennessee.

Goin to snow all night
Goin to snow all day
Groundhog won't see any sun
Spring's not far away.

My sister wrote me yesterday
In Oolt’wah, Oolt’wah
She said inside she’ll have to stay.
Not in Oolt’wah Tennessee.

Goin to snow all night
It’s really not a joke.
She said she’s had it “up to here!
And now the snowblow'r’s broke.

My son said their expecting more.
Not in Oolt'wah, Oolt'wah.
They can't get out their own front door.
Not in Oolt'wah, Tennessee.

Goin to snow all night
Goin to snow 'til noon.
Get that shovel moving, son.
That baby's coming soon!

Down here feeling all your pain
In Oolt’wah, Oolt’wah.
Maybe you could take a train
To Oolt’wah, Tennessee

Goin to snow up north
From Maine down to the Cape
Keep your chins up. Could be worse.
Think of Hank our Ape.

I hope you all don't mind me making a joke of your situation. I really do feel for everyone and pray that you will soon see a break from all of this. Be careful shovelling and driving. Almost time for your rabbits on Tuesday. Maybe if y'all say them it will stop snowing up there!

I love you guys, so take care of yourselves. But the bottom line is that you really do need to think about moving south!!!




  1. Now I fear that your song will stick in my brain for weeks. You know how it is when you try *not* to think of a song and it haunts you day and night Thanks a lot, S!

    To compound the misery of 67" of snow in Massachusetts, we had to drain and refill the hot tub yesterday. Try that routine in full winter gear with a snow shovel in one hand and a hose in the other.

    If it weren't for the challenge of New England winters, we'd have to grumble about some other misery. At least the weather is not personal!

    Thanks for the pansy photo, a clear sign of hope in the form of riotous purple blooms.


  2. Mother Nature can be so rotten. You're not done with weather yet, Mrs. Smug.

  3. No SNOW in The Villages! We have to shovel the Sun Shine!

  4. Suz,
    Your not being cruel
    Or even a fool,
    Just 'cause you know,
    Only A fool loves snow.


  5. My brother sent me this coment:
    Starting tomorrow late in the morning, it is going to snow again and not stop until Thursday evening. They say we will get a foot to 18 inches on top of what we already have. Roads are already dangerously narrowed and drifts at driveways and side road entrances too high to see over so driving is like an arcade game where the terrorists jump out from unexpected places and then hurriedly retreat. As an added bonus, they say in the middle of the storm we can expect a period of freezing rain sufficient to put an inch or possibly two inches of ice on the ground (and on trees and power lines).

    Gwine snow all night,
    Gwine snow all day,
    We'll be done with digging out
    Some time late in May.


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