Driving in a winter wonderland

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If you’re looking for some different Christmas music on Christmas Eve and you live in the Twin Cities or have good internet access, you can listen to several hours of various programming from Minnesota Public Radio’s station The Current. The music gets going at 5 pm CST on Sunday with an hour of local Minnesota holiday music. Then Aimee Mann shares some of her favorite Christmas music from 6-7 pm. Next is the Sound Opinions’ Christmas Special from 7-8 pm, American Routes’ Christmas in New Orleans from 8-10 pm, and Peter Otroushko’s Heartland Holiday Concert at 10 pm. I’ll definitely be listening!

So, I’m pretty sure you all have a mental picture of Minnesota, and it might involve a cold, snowy, wasteland (perhaps year round). 😉 Well, until yesterday, we’d had only a bit of snow this winter (Mayhem chittered at it, thinking it was quite the flock of falling birds) that didn’t stick around because it’s been so warm. Yesterday, it started to rain in the morning. That turned to freezing rain around noon, and by 12:30 pm, we had heavy snow for a while. Here’s what we could see from the window at work at around 1:30 pm (the close blobs are frozen raindrops on the window – the farther blobs are cars on the freeway, crawling along):

Here’s what things looked like from the window at home a few hours later, after a drive home on sidestreets (and a stop at Home Depot for some tubes of sand for ye olde rear wheel drive car):

Winter wonderland, no doubt! Except that’s only about an inch or so of snow, which probably won’t survive the weekend.

“Neener, neener, neener – I’m warm and cozy inside and life is good! And for any flying mice that break into the condo – look out, because you are toast!” -M

Happy holidays to all of you from all of us here at Casa de Chaos (and Mayhem!).

39 thoughts on “Driving in a winter wonderland”

  1. Happy Holidays!! At least you got a LITTLE taste of snow…you DID taste it, right?

    And I’m glad you have a firm protector from flying mice…you can never be too careful about these things!

  2. Aw, such a cutie picture of May!

    Please please let us get snow soon please please!

    Happy holidays from Toronto to you all too, from Atticus, Mae and Gandalf, and of course me!


  3. Cold, snowy heaven, that is! I’m leaving Chicago for Minneapolis on Sat. morning, and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a long to-do list:

    – James J. Hill House
    – Russian Art Museum
    – Ingebretsen’s
    – Depth of Field
    – Walker Art Museum
    – Good Earth at the Galleria
    – ice skating on Anderson Lake

    I’m going to be busy! Enjoy the holidays, Chris.

  4. how bizarre and totally weird that you don’t have feet of snow already – the weather is so odd this year (everywhere it seems)
    Merry Christmas Chris!

  5. I heart The Current. But the traditionalists who are visiting for the holidays will keel over in agony if I play any music recorded later than Bing Crosby. Oh well. I do have the Aimee Mann Christmas cd and like it very much.

  6. That snow/rain/sleet storm was something. We, 75 miles n.e. of Minneapolis, got a bit more snow out of it than you — a good 6″, although it was still warm enough to be melting at 10 pm last night. My dogs are in heaven. And I feel like SUCH A GENIUS because I got the new tires put on my car LAST WEEK! We shall not speak, however, about how my sweet husband bought them over a year ago and never got them on the car last winter. And they would still be sitting in the pole barn if I had relied on him to get them on this year. But they are on and the little yellow car has GREAT traction now. Winter, do your worst — I’m ready!

  7. We loved watching the snow yesterday – especially Holli romping around in it trying to catch the flakes. Have a great Christmas. Give kisses to the kitties from all of us – especially kitty whisker kisses from Tig!

  8. hmm… will May have issues from her childhood if mommy doesn’t include her in the blog name? She’s growing up fast, but i think she really puts into perspective how big a kitty Chaos really is…

  9. Totally jealous about the snow…it’s not a real canadian Christmas without meters of snow outside…*sob*

    Happy holidays to you and the kitties!

  10. I’m kinda jealous that you have snow…any amount of snow! We moved to Maine and everybody said “now you’ll know what wintah’s really like”…pu-lease, we lived in Syracuse, you know, lake effect. Do the kitty’s like it? The old patterns are pretty funny. But bobbles bother me, like too many nipples in all the wrong places! Merry Christmas!

  11. The snow is beautiful though! So far it looks like we’ll have a wet Christmas. Happy Holidays! Hope Chaos and May have stockings full of catnip.

  12. Pish. We are flying into MSP on Tuesday en route to Brainerd, and all I gotta say is y’all need to be working on that snow situation, because I am seriously jonesin’ for a snow fix. It has so NOT been happening here in New England, and it is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Who ever heard of a green Christmas in Maine?

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