It’s like over 100 degrees in the sunbelt, and there are places in the mountains still getting snow. Truly North America has to have to most bizarre weather patterns on the planet. As much as us Southerners would love to see a swinter, if it ever does truly happen, it most likely means its another thing that might indicate that “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”. Swinter happens up in those ice crystals that form those huge storm clouds we see all summer long, but it never makes it back down to the earth. We do love those cooling summer storms, so long as they don’t bring along all their damaging baggage in the forms of high wind gusts, hail, lightning and possibly even tornadoes. We might want to wish for swinter, especially in those fire-prone areas this year, but sadly, for some reason, the weather gods are not wanting to cooperate with residents in the deserts of the SW USA. So, just wish for some good rain to come in from North Dakota, because they are sick of it, and maybe a modified version of a swinter might happen.
Knimpel (NIM pul) – n. The missing last piece of a jigsaw puzzle.
With summer days often comes summer storms, and your will often find yourself whiling away a siege of inclement weather until the front line passes, which would be anywhere from an hour to three days, depending on what part of the country you are in. Some of us might take the time allotted to us in this way in putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It can be anything from 100 to 5,000 pieces or more, but not matter how simple or complicated that puzzle might be, you are always going to be looking for the knimpel. It’s that piece that eludes you, that one that goes missing. It could have been stolen by a pet, and is currently being chewed on or tossed around. It could be under the rug, a chair, or end table, or somewhere where a pet might easily get at it. No matter what, you have to find the knimpel, or all those hours of work during those storms are for nothing, especially if you are a puzzle collector, and put the thing together to cover with clear varnish and hang on a wall. The hunt for the knimpel might become more of a puzzle than the puzzle itself. Good luck with finding the knimpel. The sanity you save may be your own.