What’s worse, the snow or the cold?

I’ve yet to venture outside this Sunday morning, choosing instead to work on my blogs.

Here’s why.

From the side door.

From the side door.

From the front door.

From the front door.

From the side window.

From the side window.

At 10:25 a.m., the crawl on “CBS Sunday Morning” proclaimed the temperature in Syracuse, N.Y., to be -4 F.

My peering out the side at 8 allowed me the vision of Good Neighbor Tim and Wonderful Wife Lorraine clearing their driveway and walks — and the bottom of our driveway. I love our retired next door neighbors. Sigh. I have to do ours. After I’m done working on my blogs.

What’s worse to you, the snow or the cold? Shovel it today or leave it until Monday before my dear wife Karen has to leave for work? What would you plan to eat for Sunday dinner today to fight the elements?

72 thoughts on “What’s worse, the snow or the cold?

  1. I’m not sure which is worse, the snow or the cold. I think I hate both equally! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Us Brits love to moan about our weather, but the truth is that we rarely get the cold or the snow like you guys in the US. I honestly don’t know how my American blogging pals can face winter after winter of sub-zero temperatures and so much snow.

    You guys are a lot hardier than us wimpy Brits! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Of course snow is better than cold! Or cold is worse than snow. It’s cold here, but no snow, so it’s not pretty. I was actually expecting you to say that Good Neighbor TIm surprised you by shoveling your driveway for you. I would have probably shoveled it just to make sure it didn’t melt a little then refreeze and get too heavy to shovel. As for dinner, chili, of course! Or at least my own recipe of tastes-like-chili beans beans beans beans beans (or 5-bean if you prefer) soup with croutons on top! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Oh, Mark, you have my sympathy. Nothing worse than the snow-cold combo. Miserable, all of it. Though when it snows it has to be a little bit warmer. Worst case is too cold to snow. Brrrrr….. Feeling for you, friend. Definitely wait on the shoveling. It’ll melt eventually. (though maybe not in time for DWK to get to work) And stew, definitely stew. Beef stew.

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    • I am stewing about a month without temperatures dropping freezing, Liz. Usually we have a January or February thaw for a week or so to allow that melt of which you wrote. Not this year. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ High snow banks.

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  4. The cold, but we rarely if ever get shovel-worthy amounts, and when we do that is where I am happy to be a renter. Apartment management does all of that.

    I already mentioned, we have not had any snow so far this winter that has lasted more than a few hours on the ground. Will be interesting to see if today’s predictions of up to 10 inches pan out or not. It isn’t sunny, but the sky is a little bright still for snow storm weather.

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  5. I’m sorry, what were you all saying? My condo Association destroyed my A/C over a year ago now and won’t correct the situation. For me, indoor temps of way over 90 and air so stuffy I can’t breathe–those are pretty irksome.

    Friends, snowmen, send me your brrrrs.

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  6. cold is always much worse than snow. at least in my humble opinion. like you, i’ve lived through plenty of both. i make lots of soups and chili when it’s like this –

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  7. As soon as I type this out loud, the snow gods are going to thwack me: I’ve been just a wee bit envious of the winter you to the north are having. We’ve had some snow, but nothing significant. It is indeed cold and windy enough today to want to stay inside and I do recall winters when that got old after a few days. Hang in there. Spring is coming. Eventually.

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    • My best friend and U of Maryland college roommate who still lives in Montgomery County — I take it from your writing that you’re in the D.C. area — told me this morning that it was 5 degrees and windy, so you have share of cold, Hippie, for sure. A half-foot of snow down there will tie things up for awhile, so I hope the snow gods do not thwack you. We all need spring.

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  8. I would rather have snow than bitter cold. I’m a snow hater, but our moderate drought needs some big time intervention. If it takes snow to reduce it, I’m ok with that. Our usual February temp is 50. Currently it’s 18 with a 6 degree wind chill. We are under a winter storm warning with 8-12 inches predicted, but you know how that goes. Dinner is going to be a ham, chicken and potato casserole.

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  9. Poor Ellie B! The morning bathroom run’s gotta be painful. We are proud new foster parents of a lovely lab named Beau and the getting up at 6 a.m. in relatively balmy 27 degrees is building a lot of character.

    Oh, and we are having lasagna.

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  10. Feel free to tack on another vote to the “cold” column. The snow definitely adds up or stays put on the ground (great job, highway and city departments), and all of it can add up to slippery conditions or vision blockers on side streets. Oh, CNY life is all too predictable. The drivers, however, are not.

    Stay safe out there, chief.

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  11. The snow does not keep my car from starting. But this morning the wind chill was -21 and my car started, and I said thank you God it is not snowing. The roads were clean and safe.

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  12. I did one very brilliant thing…scheduled a trip to India (Kerala–88 degrees today!) for Jan-Feb. I have a sunburn. (Okay, it’s hard to find between all the mosquito bites, but it’s there.)

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  13. The cold is worse Mark. At times it can get too cold to snow. In those times when it does snow then, Calgarians feel encouraged and get all excited knowing it’s warmer outside. I will spare you the temperature here today, because I’ve been bragging way too much about our Chinooks and want to practice some sensitivity today. So -4, that sucks Mark! Hope it warms up soon. โค
    Diana xo

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