Thursday, January 31, 2013

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I don't mind the cold so much. I don't love it, but I can deal.

You just can't hate snow when the little ones love it so much!

I don't mind the snow. It's beautiful when it's falling, the kids LOVE it, and it can be downright fun.

No hat for her, no gloves for him, luckily it was our side yard so they could run in and get them after the five minutes it took for them to get cold. ;)

On one of our oldest son's surprise visits, we immediately went out to play in the snow.
There's a park in town that's perfect for snowboarding/sledding.

The 3 youngest climbing back up the hill at the local park to take another sled run down the hill.

What I do mind is driving on ice, and of course, every single year it ends up being a necessity, more than once. Having lived in south Florida for 18 years, where it never even gets cold, I think it's natural that it would take me some time to adjust to winter weather, and driving in it. But it's been 7 years now. I don't think I'm going to adjust to the latter.

Now to make matters worse, hubby's car is broken down.


I've mentioned it before that we differ on a lot of things, despite being gloriously, happily married. One of those is cars. When I was working (which was my whole life until recently), I had a new car...the warranty would go out and I would opt for an extended or trade-in for a new car. I like the security, I don't mind the payments.

Hubby is completely different. He thinks it's ridiculous to shell out the kind of money that it costs to get a new vehicle, and he won't do it. Well, I've been out of work for awhile now (5 1/2 yrs. to be exact). We opted to have one final child added to our family, and since we moved up north to a state where finding high paying work isn't so easy (I took a far less paying job and stayed until little man was born), we decided I'd stay home with him.

AWESOME decision. BUT, that meant hubby was solely in charge of finances (except for my bills, I write to pay my own bills, and I pay for our vacations)...and that meant no new car. Fortunately, I purchased a new vehicle right before we moved here and paid it off w/the sale of the house.  It's had a couple of problems here and there but is still running like a champ.  It's getting old though, just topped the 100k mark in miles (YIKES!). I'm not used to driving a car that's older and has no warranty.  It makes me nervous if I think about it.

Well now hubby's car has broken down. He's taken it to be fixed four times. FOUR times. And each day after getting it back (and shelling out the money to fix whatever got fixed) it has broken down w/the exact same symptom the very next day. No one can find what's wrong w/it. And so it's retired. Sitting in our driveway until hubby decides what to do with it. And that's instantly left us a one-car family.

That means I have to get up early, drive him to work, and then come back to drive the kids to school.


This morning we had the ice...everywhere. And I don't know if it's a budget thing or what, but the roads were not salted. The highway was a disaster with the wind blowing the snow from the median across the highway, and cars would be going fast and then drop speed so suddenly it left you worrying (validly) that the guy behind you was going to slam into you! Scary stuff. And I hate it, every single time.

I read recently that people in the north live longer than any other region in the US. I think the reason for that must be the jump start to the heart that drivers get every winter, lol. For me it's downright scary, and when my vehicle starts fishtailing or sliding...all I can say is ugh. I took the back roads home from hubby's work this morning, so I could drive slow. But it was still scary.

The simple solution, of course, would be to move back to my beloved sunny Florida.  But hubby hates it there.  Despises it.  So it's just not an option.  He loves it here, and his family is here too.  And so I'll deal with the winter driving.  But I don't like it.  I don't think I'll ever like it.  Maybe we can be snowbirds...ah, the thought of it is even divine.  :)  Except of course, hubby doesn't like Florida, lol.

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  1. I hate to drive in snow and ice! Luckily I normally don't have to That is a lot of driving around for you :( I hope your car is fixed for good soon!!

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    1. You and me both. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. My husband's from New England so he's no stranger to snow and ice. But since he's married me and gotten use to Virginia, he whines when it gets even slightly cold.

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    1. I still whine when it gets cold too...and I swore I wouldn't this year, but I've broken that self-promise about fifty-two times so far, lol

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  3. I feel your pain!

    It just snowed here. The kids had a snow day yesterday. Our Pilot has had alignment issues for a few weeks now. We couldn't take it in because of my husband possibly needing to report to jury duty. He only had to one day, but had to call in to see if he'd have to go in every day for 2 weeks.

    It went in yesterday. They had to put 2 new tires on, will put two new tires on in the spring and had to do some work around the tires. It wasn't too bad - $400. I dropped Isaak off to my parent's this morning. They were drilling me, "Why didn't you get these tires? They rate the best!" Blah, blah, blah. I called my husband, and told him I made the mistake of telling them. He's like, "Ya you messed up. I don't want to spend my like researching things like tires. I trust the people that work on our vehicles." He went on to!

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    1. Glad you got the Pilot fixed. We're about due for tires too... I never research them, just figure they're new so they'll do. :)

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  4. Rosey, what state are in right now? I'm in MA. My husband is similar to yours in his thinking about getting a new car. He would rather prolong it as long as possible. He fixes cars too. But he is currently riding around in an old Subaru w/o a radio and the heat doesn't work so well. He is slowly changing his tune. He is talking about getting a new car over the summer.
    You are so good to drive him to work....I would not be so willing....honestly! :)

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    1. We're in Michigan. I thought we were going to get hubby a new car...we'd talked about it, but when it came down to it, he said nope. He's sooooooo frugal (I admire that most of the time).

      You're lucky your hubby can fix cars. That makes it way easier if something does go wrong.

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  5. We are a 1 car family and i've never own a new car but would desperately love to. My husband used to be a mechanic so older cars are okay because he can fix them.

    That really sucks about them not fixing it you should complain up a storm and have them cover the costs until it's fixed.

    I love snow but I'm so glad we don't have it often!

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    1. We discussed that, but probably everything they fixed needed fixing too. lolol

      I'd love snow if we didn't have it often too (hehehe). :)

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  6. Yeah that is my main reason for hating snow because I have to drive in it. Sucks big time, especially when the car starts to turn different ways haha I drove my last car into the ground, but once it needs to be fixed reguarly, time to get rid of it.

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    1. Agreed. Time to get rid of it and get a new one, woot! That'll be the first thing I do when I get back to work :)

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  7. wow.
    wow.
    wow.
    it really is cold there ;)
    I would love to have snow, but I don't want the ice either ...
    I bet it was fun with everyone playing in it ...

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    1. I think I really would miss that now... hilarious to even think that because I've never been a snow bunny. ;)

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  8. That dreaded ice on the road sends me into a panic every year. Sliding and fishtailing are certainly going to give me a heart attack some day. I was taking Allison to gymnastics a few weeks ago and hit some black ice on one of our neighborhood streets. I almost slid into one of our neighbors basketball poles they had by the road, but stopped in time. As soon as we got home Allison was like "Hey Dad, mom almost hit a pole!" He thought I almost hit a phone pole lol. Now that would have been bad. Those things are expensive to replace!

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    1. There's one on our street leaning at a 45-degree angle. I called it in but that was weeks ago, I guess it's no big deal until it falls.

      Glad you didn't hit the pole. Black Ice is just an ugly thing.

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  9. hi Rosey! Winter can be fun. Winter can be ick. Right now I am feeling the ick. Did you see my post? Come on by. I surely don't like to drive in it. I almost slid off the road in late November just coming back from my daughters. I have to take a freeway for a portion of the drive and I was sliding, OMyGosh! I saw an exit, took it and took the surface streets the long long way home going about 20mph.

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    1. I slid out and hit the median on black ice my first year here. I haven't liked winter driving one day since. :) Headed over to see your post now.

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  10. I have dealt with some snow but now the type of snow the north gets. No thank you.

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    1. Sending smiles to sunny Texas...grr. ;)

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  11. Driving in snow and ice is the worst! I really hate it. That's why I'm not a fan of winter weather. It is hard to find a balance between having a new car with payments and warranty, or having an older car and saving $ on payments but no warranty. It is scary to think you're out of pocket for anything that goes wrong! A while back we had to replace our whole motor in one of our cars and it set us back a cool $3500. Took us a while to recover from that one!

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    1. That one stung just reading it. Sorry you had to shell out that kind of cash for repairs. :(

      ON a completely unrelated note, I love your maple syrup series. What a fun experience (even if it wasn't fun to do at times). I'm glad you shared it. :)

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  12. My Hubs just had Cataract surgery so that mean I am driving him to his Dr appointments. I don't really like to drive at all... let alone in the snow.

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    1. We used to have a LOT of traffic in Florida...stand still was the norm on the highways during busy hours...we don't have that here, but I'd trade any day. Driving in it just makes me really nervous and I don't like to feel like that... but you do what ya gotta do.

      I hope your husband heals up fast!

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  13. I'm a warm weather girl too. I know I'd never make it in the cold. I don't know what it's like to drive in it, but it must be awful. When we occasionally get our rare snow storm, with a little dusting on the roads, everyone freaks out, and stays home. They cancel school too.

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    1. I didn't know you got any at all, it must be cool when it does happen around, just because it's so rare. :)

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  14. I was born and raised in Ohio, so I feel for you, I know how winter can be. I currently escape to Arizona a lot now. Oh,and I totally understand how you feel about wanting a new car, I prefer them too. I hope your husband's car gets up and working soon so you are not driving so much and the fun winter photos were delightful :)

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    1. I've never heard anyone say one bad thing about AZ. :)

      Thanks for the visit. :)

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    I love the Winter and I love snow but I am tired of haivng to drive in it all the time as hospitals don't close and I have to go to work. I look forward to the time I can "love" it from the comfort of my warm and cozy home and not have to go out in it. My Hubby feels the same way as he is a mail man!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Ah, you never even get a snow day at the hospital, and hubby doesn't either! Bummer! It's good you love Winter & the snow though, that's half the battle. :)

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  16. You could be snowbirds to Arizona then! I used to live there and there are tons there in the winter. I grew up south of Chicago and always loved the snow- but now I have lived in warm places long enough that I do not miss it.

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    1. Chicago gets cold, that's for sure. It's right next to us, I like to visit once in awhile, but not in the winter. ;)

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  17. I love the Winter and I love snow but only on the photo :-)
    In Scotland we dont have a snow now.
    :-)

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    1. It's pretty chilly your way though, yes? :)

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  18. Ugh, I'm not a fan of the snow and ice, but there are many other reasons to live up here so we do. Good luck on the car fix!

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    1. Hubby's dad's got a bad heart and that keeps us planted. Trumps warm weather any day, but I do still miss it. :)

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  19. I like to see other people in snow...not me.

    Sorry, but I don't get 'my' bills. To me, in a marriage, it's all 'ours'.

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    1. It's true, when you're married it really is all 'ours,' but hubby's pretty frugal so if I want to buy anything w/credit cards, I have to use my own and pay them...those are mine. ;) Of course in the big picture, it affects 'us' so they're really 'ours,' lol and now I'm starting to sound like a Dr. Suess book.

      Thanks for stopping by to visit. :)

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  20. I haven't lived where there is very much snow and only spend a few days a year where it does snow. With me, a little goes a long way, especially when it comes to keeping driveways and sidewalks cleared. I grew up in Florida and though it isn't my favorite place, I'd take it over snow mounds.
    Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment.

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  21. It does look pretty, but I wouldn't like to drive on it either! What a lovely surprise to see your older son. I hope that the car situation gets sorted soon xoxo

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    1. Those pictures are actually a mix of years. That pic was from a surprise visit he gave us a few years ago when his brother (in the pic w/him) was still in school. He's grown now too (the younger brother). They do that stuff (growing up) WAY too fast, I'm telling ya! :)

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  22. I hate driving in snow, too. Right now we live in North Dakota, though, where the snow lasts a really long time. I put my minivan in a ditch 2 or 3 weeks ago on the way to get my son from school. I was on a 2 lane road, and some idiot was driving right down the middle of the road, so it was either go in the ditch or hit them. We had to have the van pulled out, though, because the snow was pretty deep, and I couldn't drive it out, and got it more stuck instead.

    Hubby and I are both originally from MO, where there is plenty of snow but it melts rather quickly. We would both love to be somewhere warmer right now. When my husband retires from the Air Force, we will definitely NOT be living in the north. We still have 11 years to go, though...

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    1. I'm sorry you ended up in a ditch and glad it all ended well!

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  23. Whew! Awesome pictures and post...I'm not much for driving in the snow with my older car, LOL.

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    1. My in-laws drive ALL OVER the place in this stuff and never bat an eye. Amazes me still when I should be used to it by now.

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  24. I hate driving on ice too and I also hate car problems. Fortunately I am married to a retired mechanic so he can fix any issues if they come up. As for the icy driving, he solved that problem as well. He purchased a used set of rims for my van (that is AWD) and had four studded tires mounted on them. When the icy season begins he changes out my tires for the studded tires...no more sliding! It sounds a little loud when the studs touch the pavement but gives me so much security when I see other cars sliding around and I don't slide at all!

    I hope the car problem gets resolved soon...I hate mysterious mechanical problems. My husband thinks of them as a puzzle to solve...I just get frustrated and like you, I start wanting a new car under warranty!

    Holly

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    1. Your hubby sounds very sweet. It's nice that he's able to fix cars and that he takes the time out to switch your tires for the ones w/studs. I don't think I've ever seen studded tires, but they sure sound good about now!

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  25. I've lived in Massachusetts for my entire life, so I have to drive in the snow, too. I hate it more than anything. I'm not moving anytime soon, so it's something I'll continue to deal with, but I don't have to like it.

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    1. I hear you. It was just as nasty driving today, but it wasn't ice, thank goodness. Snow's pretty slippery too though when the roads aren't clear. I don't know what's up w/the slack on the roads being clear this year, every other year they've been right on top of things.

      There was a big pile-up crash on the highway I wrote about when I posted this, with fatalities. It was a couple of hours after we were off of it... (hubby takes the highway, I take the backroads home). All of the sudden I have Spring Fever. ;)

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  26. I hear you ... I would love the snow if it only fell on the grass... It seems like NO ONE knows how to drive in the snow - even though it does happen each year... UGH!

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    1. That's a theory I love! Let the snow fall all it wants, but only on the grass. :)

      We don't have to drive in it this weekend, so we're going to be out there playing in it, we got a ton last night.

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  27. I have a love/hate relationship with snow! It's beautiful as long as I don't have to be out in it for extended periods of time.
    It's messy and sloshy and makes me cold!
    One thing we were really fortunate about when we lived back East was that we had snow shoveling built into our homeowner's association.
    It was great ... don't really have to worry about that in California! (68 degrees this weekend!!)

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    1. So wrong to rub in those numbers... so so so wrong. :)

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  28. Winter in Michigan brings on the arthritis pain, but it is home. Nevertheless, sometimes I think it would be nice to live again where palm trees grow.

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    1. That's how hubby feels...despite the cons at times, it is his home...it's where he grew up and where all of his people live. And now it's our home too. :)

      Totally relating to the palm tree thing though. ;)

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  29. wonderful wintery photos my friend. We have tons of snow here too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started yesterday :-)

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