And we got eight inches.
Friends in writing sessions this week spoke to a person about missing winter and no surprise, for warmer temperatures are both alarming and disorienting. According to a recent study cited by The Boston Globe, “New England is warming significantly faster than global average temperatures, and that rate is expected to accelerate …” Also, Massachusetts is warming faster than the other Northeastern states.
So it’s not just a matter of mood, memory, or habit. Missing the cocooning beauty of snow is the least of it but there is also that.
We headed out in advance of the plows. To protect my socks and new (warm! comfie!) ankle boots, I made impromptu gaitors. They worked!
Next up: a fleece wrap for Finn. I’m going to cut up a cape I made for the boys back in their Hogwarts years, which is to say: their childhood.
That right there, are the memories of my New England childhood! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
Piles of snow…..
Until today, Alabama had gotten more snow than us…
I miss snow. That hush and the cleanness of the air. The sense that everything is tucked in, snug and resting.
Yes. That’s the sense! School cancelled. Slippers on. Blankets on laps. Today it is still coming down and the landscape is grey. But when the sun comes out, we get that dazzle.
Love the picture of you sitting on the porch with Finn … love you! Things here are moving slowly but surely in the right direction. Scott yesterday started full on PT OT and I don’t even know what else. We have the tub to shower guys coming the 18 th. Our prayers have been answered. Taking our Blessings one day at a time. Not sure how to exactly to get this to the group messaging but if it isn’t to much trouble would you do that. Thank you 🙏
Sure thing. Such good news!
“Let snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
Dee, we have matching snow measurements!
Ha! And now I hear arctic temps are on the way.
We got 6!
you and Finn
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I love the photo of you and Finney-Boy so much!! Snowy and adorable 🙂 He seems to Love the snow!
your rosy cheeks and fogged glasses … oh the memories! (and how much I appreciated contact lenses back in the day) … the gaiters were/are a brilliant idea judging by the snow they accumulated (which would otherwise have gone down into your socks and thence to your ankles … shuddder)
and I quite agree with Deb’s memories of snow’s sensory wonders, but I honestly don’t miss it (too much)
The gaitors, made in haste and hardly elegant, will serve their purpose well this winter!
Never having lived in snow, I was born in central CA, I delighted when we moved to Leavenworth, WA, land of snow from Oct to April…My husband is a Minnesota man so he knew snow and would chuckle at how happy I would get just to open the door and jump into the snow drifts…by April, my happy turned to grump because I was so tired of shoveling snow, (I insisted on doing my share of shoveling); tired of precariously walking into town, 1/2 mile each way on icy roads, of falling down too many times to count, of just when I had the driveway cleared, (early riser,should have waited until the snowplows had done their job) along they would come dumping snow on my newly shoveled driveway, some piles I swear were as tall as I was…urgh!
Now I look at the photos of those days and all I see is the magic stillness, the joyful quiet of snowflakes on windows, snow dancing quietly to the ground, a bevy of quail that would march from under the neighbors giant fir tree over to our yard, the glistening of icicles hanging from the roof line and I think to myself, I was lucky to have experienced all of it…and I ask my self would I feel lucky if I had to experience this year in and year out…
Thank you for these recollections. How they build on each other! The idea of you out early, and then again later after the plows, conforms to what I know of your grit and physicality. We haven’t had snow banks taller than I in a while but we may again, particularly because I keep shrinking.
You made me smile with “I keep shrinking”. Me too.
When I was pregnant the second time, we had to travel to SF to have tests done. Anyway, there was SO MUCH snow through the Sierras, the road was but a mark through two towering walls of white (Like Tahoe area has looked recently). It was beautiful and scary and I’ll never forget it. Stay warm.
Wow what a vivid picture.
That’s about how much we ended up with too. I used my wool leg warmers for gaiters, was so happy that I remembered having them. Still a little snow left here and there.
Leg warmers! Perfect! A couple years ago I cut the feet out of some very old wool socks. I wonder where those went? This amount of snow is unusual for you, though, right?
Snow is very unpredictable here. Some years like this (I would say once every 3-4 years), some years none, and most years an inch or two for a couple days.
love your galoshes and the snow! wow, our dogs would love that
We had a freak winter right after we got Finn. Eight feet of snow! He loved it! You can tell he’s aged since then since he’s less exuberant about it all.