Eighth of an Acre Bounty

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Ask and you shall receive

December 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In an earlier post I mentioned that if it was going to be this cold here, it would be nice to have some real snow to accompany it. Well, it came! A day later than the forecast, but here on Thursday evening I am comfortably snuggled in front of the computer, a jelly jar of wine to my left and about 5 or 6 inches of snow layered over everything outside the window on my right. I woke up this morning to a slight dusting, but not long after 8 am it started to snow in earnest and continued all day.

I can’t express how thankful I am to be here in my warm house with my boy home too, all other critters tucked in , and a stocked fridge. A 100 pound lap dog who’s resting body temp is over 101 degrees also helps one to warm up quite quickly after playing in the snow. This time last year I likely would have been in my car, desperately trying to figure out how to avoid the idiocy of other drivers and scale the hill to get home from work. One year I left work at 2pm after it started snowing, and didn’t make it home until 10 at night. It is good to be here, we are warm, dry and the snow makes everything so beautiful. I love the calm and quieting effect it has on the regular ambient noise of the neighborhood. I could duck outside right now and just listen to the silence.

Highlander-hill-dwellers that we are, we may actually be socked in here for a few days. The forecast doesn’t show any warming temperatures above freezing for several days, and packed snow and ice on the roads that lead off our hill make things much more like a slip’n’slide than a thruway.And I haven’t even seen a metro bus go by on the main road today – a clear signal that the road is treacherous. If that is the case, so be it. Maybe we’ll make a snowman on the weekend.

Tags: General · Minutae

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  • 1 annie // Dec 19, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Oh, I am sooo jealous! I wish we could get a little snow here just a couple of times a year. It used to snow regularly when I was a kid but it doesn’t seem to much anymore. which is odd because all the northern blogs I read seem to be reporting more and earlier snow lately.

  • 2 maya // Dec 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Annie, We almost never get snow – not enough to speak of anyway. But the last couple of years we have seen colder winters than usual. This year is definitely the most extended period in below freezing temps I can remember. I’d pack some of the snow up and send it to ya – but it wouldn’t quite be the same, now would it? I bet you still have a few things alive in your garden though…more than I can say!

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