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Snow and Snowmen


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With snow in 49 of the 50 states this past week, I thought everyone might enjoy having something to laugh about in connection with snow. Here in our part of South Carolina we got a good half-foot of snow, capped off with a quarter-inch of freezing rain. Since there are many winters with little or no snow, Greenville County doesn't have many snow plows. About the only roads that they plow here are interstate highways. Most of the week even main roads were hazardous and side streets were like ice skating rinks! The beginning of classes at BJU was delayed from Thursday to today.

Speaking of snowplows, I'm always amused by this fun animated picture depicting how snow plowing would be carried out if enacted by Congress.

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Children seem to anticipate snow with greater excitement than adults do. I guess children haven't had to deal with it as much. This next cartoon always makes me smile.

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Once the snow comes, you can have some fun with it, without leaving home. This next man did some creative snow sculptures.

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Those with an entrepreneurial spirit find ways to turn a profit by hiring themselves out to shovel sidewalks and driveways or even to use their pick-up trucks outfitted with a blade to plow parking lots of businesses. Less energetic souls seek other ways to cash in on snow.

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Snowmen are great fodder for cartoonists' creativity. Here are several comic strips about snowmen.

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Some snowmen become targets of horrific crimes.

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You know you've been getting too much snow when you stumble across a scene like the one below.

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Other snowmen are realists and know that their days are numbered without trying to hasten their demise.

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When a snowman dies, though, his remains have to be dealt with.

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I was at Home Depot the other day and learned that they've had a very difficult time keeping salt and snow shovels in stock this past week. It reminded me of the following story:

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After the above picture was graded and the child brought it home, she returned to school the next day with the following note from her mother:

Dear Ms. Davis:

I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.

I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had. And then when I found one more in the back room, several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture is supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.

From now on, I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Harrington

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How has the winter been so far where you live? (I know that some of you live in the southern hemisphere and are now enjoying summer weather. Just you wait, though....)

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"Like water, grace flows to the lowest place. God gives grace to the humble." - Steve Hankins

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Rob

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16 Comments on “Snow and Snowmen”

  1. #1 Sheila
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    This reminds me of the joke: Q) What do you call an old snowman? A) Water!

    Thanks for the humor!

    Rob adds: Thank you, Sheila. You made me smile.

  2. #2 Kathie
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I like these Snowman Kits: Just add snow!

    http://www.amazon.com/Candy-Crate-Complete-Decor-Snowman/dp/B001MQ4QTC

    Rob adds: Love it, Kathie! I kinda prefer scrounging to come up with all the dΓ©cor myself, though. But for those who buy frozen pancakes, etc., this would be the perfect gift. πŸ˜€

  3. #3 Jason
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    We recently moved up to Tennessee, and it was amazing to me to see people going to school and work when there was still a half inch or more of snow on the ground! I was used to the plow-less South Carolina way of doing things… of course, now I have to wash all the salt off the car….

    Rob adds: Sounds like our lives in Ohio and Michigan.

  4. #4 Cheryl
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I love your blog.

    Rob adds: Thanks, Cheryl! I enjoy putting things together for the posts.

  5. #5 Dave
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    A snow shovel, or a dancing pole? Oh, to be young and naive again…

    As far as comics go, don’t forget about the classic Calvin and Hobbes “Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons” strips!

    Thanks for the laughs.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your comment, Dave. I love the various Calvin and Hobbes comic strips on snowmen. I have a couple on my post Let It Snow! … just not the one you mentioned. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. #6 Elizabeth
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    When you said there was snow in 49 of the 50 states, i thought at first that you were referring to Idaho…it is currently 58 degrees here in the Treasure Valley, and the snow is disappearing rapidly from the mountain peaks. Then i thought, “well, stranger than almost 60 degrees here in January would be snow in Hawaii.” So. I’m glad you find humor in your situation. πŸ˜€

    Rob adds: You have to laugh, Elizabeth. If not, you’d cry. πŸ˜€ I’m not sure the news reports meant that it snowed in those 49 states … I think it just meant that there was snow somewhere in each of those states.

  7. #7 deb :)
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love the snowmen cartoons! I am partial to snowmen — I love them even in the summer!! I made a few on the beach out of sand. πŸ™‚ I saw this on the news last week: A women that makes ice cream out of snow. It looks as if it requires only a few ingredients. She said it was something that her grandma made for her and now it is one of her kids’ favorites. They said that snow is safe to eat, as long as it is fresh fallen, you know what I mean? Ask Becka if she has ever heard of this or has seen a recipe for it.

    Rob adds: I remember that you love snowmen. πŸ˜€ Becka said she just read last week that when you hear it’s going to snow, you put a clean dishpan out. Here’s a link to what Becka read (she *loves* this site!): http://www.southernplate.com/2011/01/snow-cream.html Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  8. #8 Rick
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    The state that had no snow wasn’t Hawaii. It was Florida. Hawaii has mountain tops that have snow.

    Rob adds: Isn’t that bizarre?! We think of Hawaii as being a tropical island … which it is … but, as you pointed out, there are mountains with snow on top. We were surprised to learn the same when we visited the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea.

  9. #9 Ray
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    We got 24-30″ of snow last Wednesday here in CT (depending on what part of the state you are in). We are supposed to get another 3-5″ tomorrow with 1/4 – 1/2″ of ice / freezing rain. Then more snow on Friday. I’ll see tomorrow if I make the 45 mile drive to work or not…

    I need to box this up for July and August. We get hot and humid here as well in the summer – usually during VBS week.

    Where my dad came from in Maine, they had 10 months of winter and two months of bad sledding.

    Rob adds: Wow! Two feet + of snow … from the same storm. It amazes us how much we can get from storms and then the steam they seem to pick up as they head to the Northeast and then dump even more snow/rain/whatever up there then they did here. It would be nice to have a bit of cold weather here in July and August too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the weather from your corner of the country, Ray.

  10. #10 Carrie
    on Jan 17th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I love the snowman cartoons! It’s too cold here for making snowmen right now — this morning it was 32 below!

    Rob adds: Yikes, Carrie! That’s bitterly cold temps!!! I think the lowest it has been here in Greenville in our 27 years here has been -4. We lost some shrubs and some people had pipes burst. But -30 and below? Wow! Our recent snowfall was not very good for making snowmen. It was fairly dry and powdery and didn’t want to stick together well. Some people still managed to build some snowmen, though.

  11. #11 Sue
    on Jan 18th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Love these!
    “Snow Cream” is a given in my family, if there’s enough snow for it. After collecting it, freshly fallen, in bowls, my mom would make it with sweetened condensed milk, but you can also make it with sugar, milk and vanilla. Just add the snow last, and don’t stir too much.
    Loved the melting jokes. For a White Elephant exchange, my brother once put two buttons, a carrot, and a handful of rocks in a mason jar, then filled it with water. He labeled it “My First Frosty”. Definitely the funniest cartoon there!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Sue! It’s good to hear about others having success making Snow Cream. We’ll have to try it if we get another substantial snowfall this year … but hoping we won’t have to try it till a year or so from now. πŸ˜€

  12. #12 Lori
    on Jan 18th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I laughed so hard about the home depot drawing. My kids would SO do something like that!!! ha ha ha ….

    Rob adds: Lori, my wife was cracking up when she read that one also and said I needed to move it to the end of the blog post so that it would end with the funniest thing. I agree.

  13. #13 Deb
    on Jan 19th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    You should ask my sister Betty about snow ice cream…she and my mom enjoyed some right there in Greer!

    Rob adds: I’ll have to do that, Deb. Thanks for telling me!

  14. #14 Connel
    on Jan 19th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Thats funny, I just happened to be visiting florida the day that it snowed in 49 states, glad I wasnt home because I live in northern minnesota and it was absolutely terrible weather there. Funny dave I thought about Calvin and Hobbes with the snow cartoons as well.

    Rob adds: I’m not a huge fan of Florida, but it’s sounding good to me this winter. And our winter is wimpy compared to what you must endure in Minnesota! πŸ˜€

  15. #15 Katelynne
    on Jan 20th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Ha,ha! I think I might have to use that unassembled snowmen sign! We have so much snow in northern BC, and it keeps getting higher and higher! πŸ˜€

    Rob adds: Let us know if you have any takers.

  16. #16 Deb
    on Jan 25th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I am in Michigan where snow abounds. I don’t have any snow stories to tell of my own because I have been basically homebound since mid November due to 2 back surgeries. I guess one advantage is that I don’t have to pay attention to the weather because I don’t have to deal with it!

    However, I have had great joy experiencing Greenville snow vicariously through my nieces and nephews… and my big brother who helped his 6 children build an igloo in their yard… and slept in it with his two boys. What a dad!

    Rob adds: I’m sorry to hear about your back surgeries, Deb. I hope you will soon be able to be back in circulation, even if you have to deal with Michigan snow. As far as your brother goes, WOW! That’s really something about his building an igloo, and then sleeping in it! During our recent snowfall, I remembered the winter when I was in 3rd grade. We had an enormous snowdrift in our side yard for a week or so. The neighbor kids and I dug out a tunnel in it, and enjoyed spending time in there, sheltered from the wind. Looking back, we were fortunate that the thing didn’t collapse on us!