I’m sitting in my office (at home, poor me) and I’m freezing. I think my toe nails are purple. It’s not even that cold. We are at about 20 degrees today but there is quite a bit of snow on the ground. I’m just not motivated today. I’m also nursing a cold, the first one in two years and I’m ready for it to go away. Looking out the window the snow is smooth and sparkles like it’s covered in gems. Very deceptive that snow is. My car has built up an accumulation of snow too, and not just on the outside. The stuff that gets dragged in the car never melts.
My husband has been talking about a thing his mom and grandma used to make when he was little called snow cream. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had such a thing but I did eat quite a few ice sickles when I was a kid. I know, ewww. I grew up in Chicago too so you know those ice sickles had some funky room grime on them…. That’s one thing I have not seen much here in North Dakota. Good old fashioned ice sickles. I know, I know, give it time.
When the first snow of the season hit us back in October I think, we went to the store to get a snow shovel. First of all, that was a mistake. If you live in North Dakota or are coming to North Dakota to live, BRING YOUR OWN SNOW SHOVEL. If you wait like we did, you’ll get laughed at. Thankfully we were not the only ones who didn’t plan ahead. There were even people buying regular garden shovels. We survived though and now have a nice new shovel with which to clear the walkway. That is the lesson I have learned the hard way here, PLAN AHEAD. In fact, I should have planned ahead for this cold I’m dealing with because a trip to the store is not fun in this part of the world. I prefer to shop in Montana when I can, they seem to be more reasonable with selection, quality and prices. I’m surprised that someone wasn’t selling shovels for 200.00 that day.
So, it only took me a few months but now I plan ahead as much as I can. If you are going to move here get organized, make lists and budget accordingly. Waiting until the last minute for anything here will cost you and sometimes not just money.