There have been so many overhyped storms this winter, it was a shock when we ended up with more snow than predicted last weekend. How much? Close to 10" here in Fort Atkinson. A day or two earlier, they were predicting 1-2" tops. And this morning, the icing on the cake: -9°. The wind chill … Continue reading I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!
It's been cold here. So cold, we had record lows the past two nights. At one point Saturday, my wipers were beating furiously to keep snow from accumulating on my windshield. Believe it or not, snow in May isn't all that unusual here. Most years, we at least get a dusting. But usually at the … Continue reading Our tomatoes survived the big chill better than Kevin Costner.
That’s a tomorrow problem. Mark PetruskaFeb. 21, 2022 The problem with tomorrow problems is, tomorrow they turn into today problems. Which is why it was especially hard to crawl out of bed on Tuesday morning after a long weekend. We traded in a cozy basement with movies, wine, and a fire in the hearth for … Continue reading Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow
When I woke up this morning, it was snowing and 5º. I lounged in my recliner, sipping a cup of coffee, watching the snow pile up as the temperature dropped. It was down to zero when Tara left shortly before 8 a.m. I felt bad that she had to work and was grateful that I … Continue reading 21 Reasons Why ’21 Didn’t Suck
At one point on Sunday afternoon, I was gathering and stacking wood while Tara was in the kitchen baking. Then I went downstairs to watch football while she busied herself doing laundry. Rarely have our gender roles been so clearly—and, it must be said, stereotypically—defined. It's not always like that. Honestly, it's rarely like that. … Continue reading You’ll Have to Pry This Cookie Gun From My Cold, Dead, Flour-Dusted Hands
I had a real hard time getting out of bed this morning, no doubt because it was one. And I don't mean "one cozy bed" or "one hell of a great dream I was having" or "one of those mornings I was feeling lazy." Rather, it was one degree. a/k/a 1º. Not inside the house, … Continue reading One
If nothing else, these first seven months at my new job have taught me that I need to dress for work the exact opposite of what the season calls for. All winter long, I roasted in my office. Even with the ceiling vent closed, heat would still seep in and slowly roast me. I came … Continue reading Have I Been Exiled to Siberia?
I very rarely get sick. I think my last cold might have been in 2016? Can't tell you the exact date, other than, literal years ago. So when I felt a tickling sensation in my throat late last week, I didn't pay it much attention. Until I started coughing. Even then, I was in denial. … Continue reading Patient Zero
Today's life lesson: do not take a sip of wine after eating a blue cheese-stuffed olive. This was a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc if you’re curious, but I’m pretty sure the variety of wine doesn’t matter. White, red, sparkling…fuggedaboutit. Pace yourself. Wait 10 minutes. ‘Cause life is short and that is one sip you’ll … Continue reading Being Taurus
It has been freakin’ cold here lately. So cold, my words froze in midair this morning; I had to thaw them out in a frying pan before Tara could hear what I said. We ended up taking everything out of the freezer and huddling inside to keep warm. Three pints of ice cream are now … Continue reading Octember, Anyone?