My SP9 hostess is having one last contest: Post about why you do or don’t like the snow. That’s actually a tough one for me because I have a love/hate relationship with it. Before I had small children I really liked it because it made for cozy days drinking tea, watching movies, reading, scrapbooking (because I didn’t know how to knit back then), and just lazing about. But now, it’s a different story. It’s fun to play in for a while, but then the kids don’t want to come in, which starts a big arguement and that’s no fun. Plus, there’s the hassle of getting everyone dressed, which takes at least 20 minutes. And aside from the kids, living in the middle of nowhere, the snow is a huge pain in the arse because roads don’t get plowed well, the Taconic is a nightmare to drive on in the snow (twice last year we spun off the road and I really can’t believe that not only did we not hit another car or roll the car we were driving, but no one was injured in the least). Our driveway is not paved, so it’s not easy to shovel, and using the snowthrower is tricky because of the gravel — you don’t want rocks chewing up your blade. So all in all, I’m pretty happy with the lack of snow this winter. It’s rainy and that’s fine with me. I really don’t miss the white stuff!