Jenny: Cottage Saturday: Winter Wonderland, My Ass

It’s snowing again. AGAIN. I opened the door yesterday after the blizzard was over, and Mona went barreling out into the snow and buried herself head first in the drift in front of the door. The dogs haven’t had a decent run in weeks, all I do is shovel white stuff, and I’m getting a little CRANKY, especially since Krissie really has to wait to come down here until I can clear some of this mess away, which I can do easily if it would just STOP SNOWING. Forecast for tomorrow: Snow. Forecast for right now: Snow. Forecast for me if it doesn’t stop snowing pretty fucking soon: Frustrated ranting followed by brownies.

To avoid that, I’m trying to find my happy place (hint: there’s no snow there) and look forward to Krissie’s visit. I’d give you a picture of the cottage but at this point, having been holed up in here for weeks, if I put up a photo of my living conditions, the county health people would be by to condemn the place, so I’ll go with one of my assignments from the Brene Brown course this week, which was to collage what gives us comfort when the pain in our lives gets overwhelming (Alison will tell you about it next week). The main takeaway as I look at it now? It looks WARM. Also key: No Snow.

9. Comfort

Hope you’re all warm and happy (or cool if it’s hot where you are). I’d write more, but I have to go stare out the window at what is truly a beautiful snowfall and snarl obscenities at the weather gods.

Mona's Snow Day

31 thoughts on “Jenny: Cottage Saturday: Winter Wonderland, My Ass

  1. nightsmusic says:

    I understand how you feel. Today for the first time in weeks, we have sun! Almost forgot what it was. But it snowed yesterday and it’s going to snow later on today, all day tomorrow and Monday as well. At least we’re having a heat wave of 19 degrees right now. I’m almost more sick and tired of the sub zero temps than the snow itself.

    Spring will be here soon. Really it will.




  2. Awww, Jenny…you have my every empathy. Got another 6 inches yesterday and last night here in Indiana, so we now have 3 feet on the ground. Ack!! And it’s so damn cold, even when the sun shines. I shoveled last night and Husband blew off the sidewalks this morning, but geesh, we are so ready for spring. And like nightsmusic, I’m sure it’s on its way. Until then, another cup of hot chocolate please!

  3. Is that snow up to the top of the window??? Holy cheese and crackers. That’s crazy. I’d be mainlining the brownie batter.

    It’s just rainy and dreary here, which has worked to keep me writing all day. Quick break for food then back to work.

  4. Danielle says:

    Well, up here in the Great White North, we feel your pain. We really really really really really do. No really. We do. (PS: please stop sending that shit up here when you are through with it.)

    However, I must say: the fact that your “comfort & joy” collage contains a power drill makes me happier than you know. You are hardcore.

  5. jinx says:

    What’s good about the Makita? I have a ponderously heavy Black & Decker that always somehow frustrates me. Passionate love for a drill interests me for practical reasons.

  6. Many people don’t believe me because I live in one of the few places in the United States where it never snows, but I really do have a lot of sympathy for all of you. Really, I do!

    I have the recipe for the world’s most wonderful double-chocolate decadent brownies. If making them will make anyone feel better, or restore their energy after marathon bouts of snow shoveling, I’m happy to share it. Just shoot me an email. (Hopefully you’re in a place where you can get to a store for the ingredients.)

  7. Eileen A-W says:

    We are on day 46 of temps at zero or below here. The temps rose to 18 degrees but brought us some snow. So I guess it’s either extreme cold or snow for us. This week we might see temps near 40 which is shorts weather here!!! but then cool down again later in the week. Is there anyone not sick of this winter? Hubby & I are already planning on going away next winter to somewhere warm, dry & sunny!!!

  8. It’s a solid cordless drill, has its own light that comes on automatically so you’re never drilling in the dark, and never lets me down. I’m a big Makita fan in general, but this drill is a fave of faves.

  9. Deborah Blake says:

    Yup. Here too. Bitter cold, followed by snow, followed by more of the same. Bah. A mere nine inches in the last storm, on top of the twelve from the previous one. I keep trying to tell myself that shoveling is just like having your own personal gym conveniently located right outside your house. Myself ain’t buying it.

    Please pass the brownies.

    36 days until spring, not that anyone is counting.

  10. You have my greatest sympathy! I hate snow. I hate to be cold. I’d be stark raving mad if I’d had to deal with as much of both of those as many of you folks have had to this year.

    Of course, there’s hardly any snow on our mountains and we’ve had very little rain (until the past 3 days) and if we don’t get some we’ll have drought conditions this summer. So feel free to send it! (To our mountains. No snow here in the city, please.)

  11. I would complain about how tired of winter I am but it hasn’t snowed here for a week now and we are out of the below zero temperatures (knock on wood that continues) and clearly there are so many places getting hit hard now that I’m just going to feel really really lucky that the weather here today was dry and in the 30’s.

    I love your collage. I love the pretty colors and the way it’s put together. Plus it gets my favorite things. Words on a page. Sewing. Making things. I’m less on the power drill overall but there have been times. I’d probably have to add a Laz-Y-Boy, a glass of red wine, and a romance novel. Georgette Heyer would do (as would so many other authors, present company most definitely included). My hubby, too. If he’s in the room, I feel better. A healthy scattering of Apple products . . . .

    I really want to take that class.

  12. My stagecraft teacher was likewise devoted to his Makita drill.

    Those pages look so happy flying out of the typewriter. Are they thumbnails of an actual manuscript?

  13. No, I just found a jpg of a page and printed off a bunch of thumbnails. You know how it is with these assignments, you just slap them together, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t by your reactions.

  14. Susanne says:

    We’ve been hit with lots of snow, too (Toronto). It’s like the winters I remember as a child. Oddly, there’s been lots of sunshine, and I’ve enjoyed this winter more than any other. But then, I don’t shovel, so I feel for all who do.

    I caved and bought a decent pair of boots. Makes a difference.

    Love the yellow in the collage.

  15. Danielle says:

    Myself ain’t buyin’ it, neither.

    Also: 36 days, eh? AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA! You’re funny.

  16. Danielle says:

    I have owned a B&D, a Bosch and now a Makita, and I can confirm that the Makita is by far the best.

    I am not one of the lucky ones whose drill has a little light, but I do like how the torque is so adjustable and accurate. For example, you can set it so that if you’re screwing screws into soft wood, it will automatically stop turning when it feels a tiny bit of resistance…preventing you from accidentally burying screws 1/2″ down into the wood. But there are over a dozen settings, so you can also set it to never stop on its own – only when you release the trigger…good for when you’re drilling pilot holes. Other drills have this, but Makita does it the best.

    The batteries are also very good and the charger takes no time at all to recharge them. Just remember to take the batteries out when you are storing the drill – they drain more quickly if they’re left in there. It’s also well-balanced and ergonomic so my arm doesn’t fall off at the shoulder while I’m installing planks on my back deck.

    Wow, I can’t believe I just wrote that much about a cordless drill.

  17. oneoftheotherjennifers says:

    To all my fellow artistically-challenged people- this class can still be great even if collages don’t work for you! Don’t be scared.

    If you’re me, when you do these assignments you sit in front of the blank page for an hour, contemplating the assignment and pulling up possible answers, then evaluating your emotional response to each answer. On a separate piece of paper you take notes about those answers and your emotions. When you’re empty of ideas, you edit the notes keeping responses that are authentic, and eliminating those generated from external pressures or less-than-healthy internal ones. Then you organize and transfer the info to your journal page, this time using bright markers and stickers for impact. My own personal twist: in case I need to be reminded in the future that these answers are valid, I make notes around the edges with supporting examples of people and incidents from my past.

    Which just goes to show that this class is just as valuable for those of us who are not artistically inclined (see me be kind to myself!) and have no intuition about this emotional stuff whatsoever.

    Although your way sounds much more fun, Jenny! And your pages are amazing works of art. If I could do that, I would frame it and put it on my wall.

  18. Funny, Susanne, my aunt (a lifelong Toronto area dweller) recently said the same thing as you about this winter there. They never had as much snow & cold as we did in Montreal when I was growing up, but sometimes when we’d visit them at Christmas, they’d have enough snow to go tobogganing. And she says this year there is like that.

    But when I lived in Toronto as an adult, I had to buy a new “winter” coat and wore shoes. Since moving back east, I’m back to boots & that coat has been relegated to fall. Usually with a vest underneath. Still call it my Toronto Coat, lol.

    Where we are, though, has been rough this year & hubby just announced yesterday he was officially “done” with winter. From his mouth to Mother Nature’s ear;)

  19. Jessie says:

    Have you ever read The Existential Pleasures of Engineering? When I read it, it changed my whole view of man-made things and went a long way to dismantling an inherent fear of technology. And this was back when every second person of my generation was going to save the world by going back to the land and rejecting how technology.

  20. Jessie says:

    I complained bitterly about snow last week when we got 9 inches in two days. Then in two days with constant rain and a chinook wind, we had nothing but slop then clearing. It has been raining since but has warmed up. Although the wind that came through last night practically dismantled my yard. Still. No snow. Happy dance.

  21. Beth E. says:

    Danielle – thank you for writing “that much about a cordless drill.” My B&D is dead and I’ve been researching what to replace it with. Now I know.

  22. About twenty years ago I had a doctor from Canada who had worked in the Yukon for a few years. She told me that there were months every year when her patients had a layer of clothing on at all times, which made certain exams a mite complicated.

    I’m sure she was referring to just there at the medical facilities, but my mind leapt to thinking of that concept in literal terms and I really struggled with figuring out how a person could bathe with clothes on and not defeat the purpose of staying warm by getting the clothes wet. It also brought to mind stereotypical images of men in faded long johns and knit hats and unruly beards (with a pickaxe in hand, of course) and how hardy those Canadians must be.

    It was about an hour before it occurred to me not to take her statement so literally. D’oh!

    Still, I believe one must be made of some strong stuff to endure so much cold and snow without going stir crazy.

  23. Have a neighbour from the Yukon now, fiveandfour. And he doesn’t look a thing like Yukon Cornelius of the Rudolph Christmas special–the first image I had of Yukon folk, lol.

    But this guy is super sweet & came with a real sled dog too–also super sweet. The wife is from around here originally but lived in Yukon too. Together they are a fab couple & so helpful–always doing for others. The guy is constantly out with his snowblower clearing the street and heavy snow from the ends of all our driveways. And they took in her aging parents too. Kind hearted only begins to describe this couple & their two totally pampered dogs (sled dog & oh-so-lovable mate).

    So, yes, hardy but more importantly big hearted:)

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