Foiled by $100 Bill Weather

I was all set to write my very first post for Catholic Exchange.  And by “all set to write” I of course mean “all set to stare at the computer and will some meaningful words to appear since I have no ideas.  Or too many ideas.  I’m not sure which.”

But then it happened.

Well, before it happened, this happened….

“Mom, I can’t get dressed because all my pants are wet.”

“Yeah, mine too.”

It’s a funny thing when you put all your clean pants into the dirty laundry instead of putting them away. And that is that your mother will then wash them.  And you know how there is no dryer and your wet pants will have to hang on the line, all unwearable and stuff?  Yeah, that’s the thing that should dissuade you from putting your clean pants into the dirty hamper.  Should, but doesn’t.

And then…then it happened.  The real ‘it’.

My oldest daughter looked at the thermometer through the living room window.

“It’s already 57 degrees out!”

On the north side of our house.  IN THE SHADE.

If you have never lived through a Michigan winter, the words “fifty-seven” and “degrees” being used in the same sentence, especially during the first week of March, are like…like when you put your hand into the pocket of a jacket you haven’t used in a long time and find money, but instead of a $5 bill it’s, like, a $100 bill.  $100!  I just found $100!  It was definitely $100 bill weather.

So I did what any normal person would do.  I told my facebook friends all about it.

And then we all scurried outside.  But just for a bit, of course.  I have a post to write!

Hubby is pruning the apple trees in the back.  The goats are eating the chicken food.  And drinking their water.  Can’t I please do something about it?

Now the 2 year old is chasing a chicken into a dense igloo of wild grapevines.  Can I rescue her from certain demise?  And help the baby too, while I’m at it?

Apparently it’s so “hot” that the children require popsicles.  Which is fine, but I also encourage them to consider removing their winter coats.

Okay, almost time to go inside and WRITE!

“Honey, can you drag those branches around back to the pile?  Just real quick?”

“Mommy, I need a drink.”

“Hey, later we should clean out the goats’ pen.  And maybe also stake out the new garden.”

“If you’ll hold her head, I can just trim her hooves right now.”

“Is it summer? Can I put on shorts????”

Because it was $100 bill weather, friends.  That is what happens when you’ve endured week after week of $0.12 in coins weather.  Or worse.  Weather days that make you owe money.  Yeah, we’ve had a couple of those, too.

Yep, on the first $100 bill weather day of the year, you do more outside than you will do on every other day of the year combined.  And when you get any ideas of slipping inside to “just write a quick post”, something cute or interesting or hilarious or dangerous will happen and it will completely distract you.  Like a goat jumping into, and then out of, a wheelbarrow, for example.  Which we can all agree is every one of those things.

And that is why I’ve not managed to say anything profound or life-altering.  Why my day was filled with every non-writing activity I could think of.  Why I frittered away my afternoon in the sun and the wind and I liked it.  It was the $100 bill weather.  And this little one, with her eager disposition and sweet smile, who hollered out “I’m a strong farmer girl!”


Dwija Borobia lives with her husband and their five kids in rural southwest Michigan in a fixer-upper they bought sight-unseen off the internet. Between homeschooling and corralling chickens, she pretends her time on the internet doesn’t count because she uses the computer standing up. You can read more on her blog house unseen. life unscripted.

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  • There is nothing like $100 weather!!

  • I’m glad the weather was nice, because I am living vicariously through your goat-raising experience.
    Goats are another animal added to my lengthy “terrifying creatures” list.

  • sounds nicer than our weather. Enjoy it while it lasts. 

  • Stephanie P

    This is exactly the kind of post I want to read! $100 bill weather should have its praises sung! We had a freak snow storm followed by 12 degree celcius (that’s warm spring weather here) weather here. I feel it! Bring on the shorts! Looking forward to more posts!

  • jen

    I love $100 bill weather, I hear you can almost get a tan in it!

  • Charlotte

    Hoping you find a whole wad of $100 bills in your pocket again soon. Fresh air and sunshine is what we all need to blow off the stink of being cooped up all winter! And I love your strong farmer girl! Do you hire her out?

  • Harold Fickett

    Dwija, so happy to see you hear now.  Your presence improves the weather for all of us.  

  •  You’ll have to come over so we can desensitize you.  Seriously, they are nothing but ridiculous and entertaining!

  • I’m so happy to see all of you here!  The weather really was great while it lasted.  Hopefully the bad weather that just blew in will bring with it some high-brow reflections.  No promises, though 😉

  • Your strong farmer girl is ADORABLE.

  • Rhonda Ortiz

    Good to see you here, Dwija! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Louise

    I’m thrilled that you’re here, Dwija!!  And I sure agree with you about that $100 weather!

  • She is so CUTE!!!!!  And you make me want to go outside and run around in the grass with no shoes 🙂  Except for the dog poop from all the neighbors…

  • Thanks, Lisa.  She is a character, that one.  Today she manifested it in a MUCH different way.  But that story might have to wait until later.  Like, when I can hear myself think or something.

  • Mary

    Love that you’re here!  We got up to 60 yesterday and it was awesome!  Goats may be in our future as well, we shall see…  

  • Laura M

    Off course when one owns goats the posts kinda writte themselves, don’t they? 😉 I’m still jealous of your new “aquisitions”

  • You said a whole lot here – it was an entertaining story! Helllooo?  Goats!  I love goats!  And that strong farmer girl is about the cutest strong farmer girl I ever did see.  Yay for 100 dollar bill weather!

  • Sweet!  They are pretty stinkin’ entertaining.  I have a whole string of wheelbarrow pictures just because she was being so ridiculous.  Hope you can make it happen!

  • Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone the real reason we keep acquiring animals!

  • Rosemary

    Yay, Dwija! So happy you’re here

  • Ana Hahn

    Aha! I just figured out how to comment, technology is not my thing.
    I love this post and love that you’re posting here, I will be visiting frequently now! 

  • Emily

    Bring on the cute, interesting, hilarious, and dangerous adventures, Borobia’s! Love you SO MUCH!