The Bright Side Top Ten List

Most of you come to the Wild Ride for an upbeat quirky post and I don’t think I have let you down yet. This is Boulder, Colorado’s eighth, yes, 8TH week of snow in a row. Talk about quirky!

My husband, Danny, and I enjoyed summer-like weather last weekend. We spent Saturday afternoon and evening on Pearl Street taking in all the sights and sounds of spring in gorgeous 75 degree weather. I walked barefoot on Sunday. I should have known it was temporary.

Pearl Street Mall

Our never-ending winter cycle continued when another six inches dumped from the sky. Instead of a traditional Maypole dancing kind of day, we got a picture postcard of Christmas in May.

May Day 2

Being a hopeless optimist, here are my

Top Ten Reasons Why I am Still Welcoming the Snow:

#1 – West Nile has not been reported in our state.

#2 – The ants I slaughtered last year at this time, are still deep down in their little ant apartments where they belong.

#3 – After realizing I am allergic to yellow jackets, I am happy to report not one buzzed around in the snow today. My traps are locked and loaded.

May day 2013

#4 – I can’t mow the lawn, weed, trim hedges, or deadhead (dang!), so I have more time to write.

#5 – With all of this amazing moisture, we won’t have to start the sprinkler system for at least a couple of days. Our bill may stay in the two digit range this month.

#6 – No wildfires have been reported in our state for the month of May.

#7 – Prolonging my hibernation means wearing cozy Smart Wool socks and eating fresh bread and homemade soup. My Dumb Ass cotton socks will have to wait a few more days.

#8 –  This crazy weather gives me lots of fodder for social media posts.

May TweetMay day 3

#9 – I have another chance to make a snow angel with Roxy.

#10 – I will appreciate spring so much more when it finally arrives, even if I have to wait until July.

Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist?

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  1. I’m an optimist, but mother nature is menopausal and something tells me we out one hot flash away from seeing triple digits. I hope your toes get to make an appearance sometime in the near future.


    1. She is menopausal. She has been unleashing her fury for a while now. Maybe someone should take her to a meditation class so she can calm herself.
      Is it hot where you are already?
      My toes peeped out from sandals last weekend, but not this one. It’s supposed to be in the 50’s… I still appreciate this weather since last May we hit the high 90’s!


  2. Some days I’m an optimist-some days not. You are so lucky to live in gorgeous Boulder and I love snow so I would be thrilled with the weather you are having.


    1. You would love it! There is nothing like a good snowstorm to slow everyone down and they are always so beautiful here with the mountains in the background.
      I think fear is the only thing that gets in the way of optimism. I work really hard to banish it!!!
      Thanks Chris!


  3. I am optimistic now that there might be a place with worse weather than Maine! I’m sorry to report I’m out on the porch, in shorts, enjoying the warmth as I type this… 🙂


    1. With your ankles crossed? Somehow I can just picture that! Hahaha!
      Enjoy it Austin. It will eventually warm up here since we are a mile high after all! 🙂


  4. I am definitely an optimist. But snow in May? That might tip me into the pessimist camp!


    1. I have been really torn. Never have the trees stayed in bud this late. but if they had leafed out, there would be tons of limb damage and no fruit this year. The cold has given them the heads up that it isn’t time yet.
      Our reservoirs went from the 70’s to 98% full so that is a huge relief!
      I just can’t wait until everything blooms. I plan to sit in a chair and just take it all in….. in a month or two… 🙂


  5. I’m an optimist but there are days when the weather tries its best to affect my disposition! Snow in May would definitely do that! It’s one of the reasons we are glad to be at a point in our lives when we can escape to the south and return to the great white north when Spring has truly sprung! Fingers crossed it happens in your neighbourhood by your next post. *sending sunshine and warm temps to melt those last snow angels*


    1. Thanks Patricia!
      I really don’t mind the snow. Just look at all the blog fodder and photo ops I’ve had… 🙂
      I can feel the warmth already. The sun is shining and the birds are singing, the grass is greening up. It’s all good. Thanks for the gift!


    1. Welcome fellow optimist!
      I am a weather hound and love a good storm. These crazy once a week snow storms will have to end at some point. It will get too hot!!! 🙂


  6. All in all, I’d say I’m a realist. But having grown up in Florida, after a longer-than-normal winter in DC I was turning into a downright witch. Good thing we finally got some sunshine, because I believe my fiancé on the brink of leaving me for someone, anyone whose personality is less dependent on the weather. Sounds like you’re much more pleasant in cold weather than I am, so thank you for the tips!


    1. I grew up in Wisconsin with parents who stuffed me in a snowsuit and threw me outside to play when it was way below freezing. I went ice skating after school every day. Colorado weather is so much milder since we are a mile high and the sun is always intense once it comes out!
      Not getting any sun for a while can be a real downer… I hope the sun shines brightly for you today!
      Thanks for coming by!


  7. I love wool socks too, and soup is my very favorite snow day thing. And I LOVE going to the aquarium on a snow day. It’s like being inside a snow globe, really it is.


  8. In the last week, I have dealt with a preview of the summer fun (i.e. mosquito bites) in Northern California and then faced the harsh reality of evacuation due to brush fires in my own Southern California neighborhood. From my vantage point, the snow doesn’t look so bad and I applaud you for seeing the brighter side to it. 🙂 Enjoy those bug-free days, Susie!


  9. I don’t know if I’m an optimist, pessimist, or a realist, but you always wake me up to something New and Fulfilling! Thanks Susie 🙂 Love your Wild Blog!


  10. I still can not believe you all are getting snow out there still. That is nuts. The optimist in me says that Spring is here and it will all be over soon. The realist in my would be ready to go postal on someone!


    1. It is cool here this week, but no snow….so far….
      But I wouldn’t be surprised! I think they’re getting some above 10,000 feet. The grass and trees are in shock from the cold and I spoke to a landscaper who said it may be weeks before everything leafs out! Crazy yes!!!


  11. Those are some good silver linings you’ve found.

    Barefoot one week, and buried in snow the next… crazy! We’ve not had it like that here in Utah. In fact, it’s been an unusually dry Spring. However, I notice that this time of year I’ll sometimes run the heater in my car going to work in the morning, and the air conditioner going home in the afternoon.


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