Sticking Snow

No, not the kind that gloms onto your gloves and toque, making you wish your eyeglasses were equipped with windshield wipers . . . First “sticking” snow means snow that will stick around until spring.

Most folks think I’m strong as . . .BUT

I have been laid low with a nasty flu bug, courtesy of the Thanksgiving Weekend, the past two weeks. The flu is one of the worst winter illnesses. It really impacts your immune system, making you feel down and unhappy. There are so many horrible symptoms too, such as coughs and sore throats. Thankfully, there are lozenges from Quantum Health that can take away some of the pain that these symptoms cause. The flu is awful and I can’t wait to get rid of it. Anyone know what the saying ‘Under The Weather’ means? Everyone knows what it feels like to be so sick even your eyelashes hurt, but . . .where did that saying come from? I’ve been “under-the-covers” [shaking with chills and fever], “under-nourished” [who the heck feels like cooking??], “under the influence” [cold/flu meds] and “under-productive” [oh crud, most chores can wait] . . .but “under the weather”? How does one actually DO that??

My mind wanders . . .probably due to my brain being squished by all that SNOT still in my head . . .Ewwwwww.

With sticking snow, I’m gearing up for WINTER – yipee!!! That’s not the drugs talking, by the way . . .I happen to be one of those typical Canucks who actually LIKE winter! Shoveled the paths to the cabins and around woodpiles for the first time this season (well, 3 times now since I originally drafted this post); put away rain gear, rubber boots and fishing gear; hope to get the ski-doo, track-setting equipment and snowblower out from summer storage this week. Ski boots, toques and winter gloves will take their place on the workbench.

Freshly shoveled path

The wolves are running the valley, and there’s lots of track left by our resident snowshoe hares and grouse. The lynx made a nocturnal visit, but I didn’t find any evidence that he was successful on his hunt for a midnight snack. A cougar, or two, may be roaming the area as well.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Manske

Am on the mend, and may get out snowshoeing with guests this weekend. The Rock Lake Road has not been plowed, but there is only about 4 inches of snow accumulation. Until next time . . .Happy Trails!


Sticking Snow — 5 Comments

  1. Hey Laura,

    Rick and I have been laid low by the same bug. I figured it was a rhetorical question about “under the weather” since I imagined you already looked it up but I was curious and the following are the best answers I found…….

    Did you know?

    If you’ve ever heard someone say they’re “under the weather,” you may be surprised to find out this expression has nothing to do with hail, sleet or snow. People say “under the weather” to express that they’re feeling ill or unwell.

    “Under the weather” is an idiom, which is a phrase whose meaning is different from the meaning of the words themselves.

    Believe it or not, historians think this idiom comes from the sea. In the days before airplanes, people usually traveled by ship.

    During storms, the seas would get rough, causing ships to rock back and forth. The rocking motion often caused passengers to become seasick.

    Seasick passengers would head below deck to a lower point where the rocking was less noticeable. Passengers were thus forced under the deck by the weather… and the expression “under the weather” was born!

    UNDER THE WEATHER – “Ik Marvel, a pseudonym that resulted from a misprinting of J.K. Marvel, was the pen name of American author Donald Grant Mitchell. In his ‘Reveries of a Bachelor’ Ik Marvel is the first to record ‘under the weather,’ which has been a synonym for everything from ‘ill and indisposed’ to ‘financially embarrassed’ and ‘drunk,’ and has even been a synonym for ‘the discomfort accompanying menstruation.” From “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins ” by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

    : To be under the weather is to be unwell. This comes again from a maritime source. In the old days, when a sailor was unwell, he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck and away from the weather.

    You’re right, that explanation sounds better. Here’s a similar one I found: “Under the weather. To feel ill. Originally it meant to feel seasick or to be adversely affected by bad weather. The term is correctly ‘under the weather bow’ which is a gloomy prospect; the weather bow is the side upon which all the rotten weather is blowing.” From “Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions” by Bill Beavis and Richard G. McCloskey (Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1995. First published in Great Britain, 1983).

  2. Laura, sorry to hear you’ve been sick. Hope you’re on the mend soon. I must say I’m a bit jealous that you’ve got snow cover. I’d love to ski the trails. The first real snows of winter are always exciting. We had a wet slushy mess today here in Minnesota, but the real stuff will be arriving soon. Get well soon.

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