If it seemed like it was snowing about every day or so last week and into the weekend, well, that’s because it was.
Chicago recorded 9 straight days with measurable snowfall, ending Sunday.
The Sauk Valley wasn’t far behind.
And that’s the reason shovels, snow plows, snow blowers, road salt, ice melt, boots, scrapers, and snow brushes have become standard equipment for those of us who must brave the drifts, slush, snow and ice out there.
The area’s “snow birds,” warm and safe in Florida and Arizona and elsewhere down in the South and Southwest, have probably been chuckling at their Sauk Valley friends as the folks up here have had to deal with less-than-pleasant weather.
We can take a joke as well as the next person, but as the snow kept falling and falling and falling, we’ve found it harder and harder and harder to appreciate Mother Nature’s sense of humor.
Yes, we know the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, and that it means 6 more weeks of winter, but we didn’t expect it to come all at once!
Is there a bright side to all this snow?
As we squint out over the lawns and fields and roadways covered with snow, we suppose there is.
Snow removal professionals have had a nice chance to get in some welcome work clearing away the waves of snow.
Retailers who sell shovels, snow blowers, snow brushes, and warm winter clothing likely have seen renewed, perhaps even frantic, customer interest in their products.
Snowmobiles and sleds and ice skates have been brought out of storage and are enjoying a resurgence of popularity.
Those who like to ski and do snowshoeing and snowboarding must be extremely happy.
Indeed, this is what winters used to be like decades ago, with snow, snow, and more snow from December through March.
It’s just that the recent milder winters might have left us just a little bit spoiled.
Now that winter has decided to resume its former cold, snowy, icy persona, it takes a little adjustment.
All right, Mother Nature. You’ve had your fun, and you’ve proved your point.
Any time you’d like to give us a reprieve, we’d sure welcome it.