Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I live in an evil snow globe.

I feel like I am trapped in a snow globe.

A snow globe that is owned by a sinister giant who finds it amusing to shake his little globe every single time I get in my car.  It is, for some reason, the only time he shakes his little globe....when I am getting in the car.  And then, he stops shaking it when I get out of the car.

You see, it is not snowing now.  But it snowed while I was driving to school, just enough to make the roads slick and scare me.

Honestly, my nerves are shot.
Because this has not happened once.  It has happened three times a day, seven days a week. (I'm only exaggerating a tiny bit. Maybe one day the sun was shining...and it blinded me.)

It reminds me of an episode of Dr. Who that Katie told me about...the one when the people are stuck in their cars...for YEARS!
Or Stephen King's The Dome.
Or the Twilight Zone.

Or even the final episode of St. Elsewhere.

Yes.  St. Elsewhere ended with a little boy looking into a snow globe...insinuating that the whole show was this little boy's imagination.

Problem is, it has to be done. There is no out.
Katie must go and I must take her.

I tell ya, it's like I am being forced to walk a tight rope over Niagara Falls three times a day.

Nerves frayed.

In fact, I can not watch the Packers play any more...I can not handle to stress of it.  I can't handle any show with tension.

I don't drink, never have...but let me tell you,  I need a drink right about now.

What can I do to bear it bravely?
Besides just bearing it bravely?


Miss Daisy.


P.S. Patrick hit a deer last week.


  1. I hear ya!

    I used to wonder why I was so tired, when *all* I was doing was driving the girls school (100 miles/day). Thankfully, I was reminded that it requires a lot of alertness to drive safely.

    Hope you can find some sort of relaxing, indoor activity today.

    Blessings from below-freezing-temps in GA, Dana

  2. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Oh how I also dislike winter. Here in Kansas we do not have the amount of snow you have, but we do have spells of cold, cold, cold. We're expecting lows in the single digits tonight with a wind chill well below zero. Highs tomorrow in the teens. I deal with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and any get-up-and-go I have gets-up-and-leaves. It is so hard to be productive! I yearn for spring, warmer weather, greening leaves and grass, birds chirping, window opened a crack for some fresh air in the house. But I know I have to take each day as it comes knowing that each day is one day closer to those open windows. Keep your eyes on the prize!

    1. Anonymous7:50 PM

      I agree! I live here in Salina and I'm NOT looking forward to tomorrow! Spring is what I long for this time of year! I'm afraid we have a long ways to go.
      Hang in there.

  3. Donna, I'm sorry about the roads. It is so nerve-wracking to be on slippery streets. I'm sure glad you have your Miss Daisy to keep you company :-)

    And I hope there wasn't too much damage from the deer your hubby hit. That it wasn't too big. Up in Alaska people sometimes hit Moose and it totals the car!

    1. I have seen cars totaled by deer here,Swiss Miss. Of course at my house it was my SON who ran full force into our (parked) car. It LOOKED like a deer hit the car. Fortunately a friend made the car look good and Brennan did not break his leg. Silly boys!!!


    2. Yikes!!! Glad he survived :-) I wasn't sure about the size of deer vs. cars. Poor Bambi :-/

  4. Anonymous10:19 AM

    I am definitely a four seasons loving kind of gal. But I feel the same - the Illinois winter seems like it has been here forever already!! The driving has been character building to say the least!

    Kim L

  5. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Oh, Donna, I'm sorry this winter has been so stressful for you! Will Katie's high school be closer to home? If so, perhaps that's something to look forward to for next year.

    Poor Bambi and poor Patrick. Hope all is well. If you haven't yet seen Frozen, you may want to hold off until spring. :) Prayers for sunshine and an end to the endless snow!!

    Mary Z


    Keep your eye on the prize is a good reminder. I will add you to my morning prayers, dear friend, and I will start praying at noon for your afternoon trip. So, so sorry.

    Was Patrick ok after the deer? I have had that happen, and it is scary!

    1. Anonymous1:13 PM

      Such a pretty song and with great meaning. Thanks for sharing it again. jep

    2. Thank you for that comforting song, Di!

    3. Just had a moment to listen - O I love Sara Groves!

  7. Yes. Patrick was fine. The deer not. The truck... Damaged. :o(

    1. Glad your Patrick is o.k. Sorry about the Truck. And the deer :-/

      Never a dull moment, hm?

    2. Anonymous11:22 AM

      Thanks be to God for no damage to Patrick….deer can be dangerous to drivers and vehicles. Our friend in WY totaled her car hitting a deer. Not a good thing all the way around…for drivers, vehicles and the poor deer who only wanted to cross the road. jep

  8. Anonymous10:47 AM

    The blessings you have going for you are that you have snow plows and "stuff" they put on the roads up where you are. We are expecting snow flurries here tomorrow night or Friday and folks are excited, but we are very, very scared. No one knows how to drive on ice here. They barely know how to drive in rain, we have had so little in the last years. My prayer is that the snow plow folks keep going and the roads are scattered with whatever it is they use now…I don't think they use salt anymore and you are able to avoid any uneducated winter weather drivers and get to and from safely. We will be praying the Traveling Mercies prayer from Anne Lamont for you. "Traveling Mercies, God be with you. Come home safe and sound." love and prayers, jep

    1. Be safe, jep.

      As Pooh would say, be ware, be ware, be very very ware.

      I think they call it "grit" - at least that's how they refer to it up in Alaska, where they never have used salt. Not good for the underneath of the cars.

      May there be extra angels around your vehicle, jep. And you too dear Donna!

      ~ your Swiss Miss (who doesn't have to drive here! yay)

    2. Anonymous11:18 AM

      Thank you Susan! Maybe we should all spend next winter in Switzerland…will you still be there? jep

    3. we take it one year at a time :-) I'm going to enjoy my marvelous mass transit system every single day!!!

  9. I love that - evil snow globe. I don't love that it snows every time you get behind the wheel and it scares you. I cannot help at all since I live in SC where if there is the slightest bit of snow or ice on the roads all hell breaks loose. I've driven in it a few times just to get home and ended up skidding all over the place. We don't have the means to scrape the roads in masse, so it's horrible. I hope you get a big thaw soon. Stay safe.

  10. Let's see...what do they put on the roads. This year it is Salt, Sand and Whey!!!
    In previous years they tried not using Salt for the environment...but me thinks they have given in. WE NEED it all! The Whey is new this year. It's natural and I guess in the Dairyland, whey is in abundance!

  11. I haven't had as much trouble with the driving, but it's the cold that is driving me insane this year. I just can't get warm. And now they're saying -35 again tomorrow morning. Ugh. The sun has been shining and that has helped my attitude, but not my temperature!

  12. Ps - that dr. Who episode is totally freaky.

  13. Donna I totally understand!! I have not seen our lawn since before Thanksgiving. It has been covered with a deep snow way too long. I was out doing some shopping today and the sun came out. I could not find my sunglasses in the van. I can not remember the last time I wore them. Well, that is enough complaining.

    When Spring finally comes I am going to be so thankful for green grass!!!

  14. Hate winter driving here too! And I only drive county roads! BUt it's too cold for the salt to work with a high of like 12ยบ here in indiana. I'm from Michigan originally & these Indiana people are really NOT happy with all the snow and cold around here!

  15. Anonymous7:14 PM

    HYSTERICAL.............for starters, hum the theme song of Driving Miss Daisy whilst you tootle to school. 2nd, remember that this is your LAST semester to drive Miss Daisy...........there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel.
    This absolutely cracked me the Sun blinding you line...........too funny! Thanks for letting us laugh along at your daily trials and tribulations of life on the road! Karen F.

  16. It would be worse if she was driving herself, would it not? I feel your pain, I really do. I am very nervous driving in the snow. But I live in Maryland and we close our schools much easier than you do up in Wisconsin ~

    So sorry to hear that Patrick hit the deer but he is ok, I am assuming, so that's good. My son totaled one of our vehicles two weeks ago. He was fine but it broke my heart to lose that car. It was like losing yet another piece of my husband. But the car died saving my son so that's how I'm choosing to look at it.

    1. Country Girl (Kate :-) I clicked over to your site earlier - after reading this comment and Donna's.

      First, I'm also really sorry about your vehicle - it surely was a visible reminder of so many memories - but I'm also nodding my head in agreement that it is such a blessing your son is okay.

      Your blog is lovely, and I enjoyed the photos - especially your doggy! And the birds. Well all of it :-) Be blessed today.

  17. Kate, I'm so sorry to hear about the car but am really glad it saved your son from harm! ((Kate))

  18. It is amazing how snow can be at once so beautiful, yet so terrifying. Prayers to you and your family that you stay safe this Winter!

  19. Anonymous11:11 PM

    I don't like to drive in the crud either. This southern Iowa winter is dragging I can't imagine what it's like up North. Luckily our schools either delay or cancel easily.
    All we can do is pray it seems!
    Sarah P. from Iowa. Glad to hear Patrick is ok.

  20. Donna: I have been quoting your "I feel like I live in an evil snow globe," to everyone I know! It is just how I feel with all of this snow. I think of you often! Miss you,

  21. JB is Jeanine from Michigan… across the pond!


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