Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tuesday evening....the labors of the day have been met, and the promised time of rest and relaxation is upon me as I write.
This was an odd kind of day. One of those that keeping dividing into more and more parts. Like peeling an onion, each layer removed reveals another to deal with. Those are not my best 'kind' of days.....luckily they don't come as often as they used to.
I had a belated birthday luncheon with old friends at noon, and we had such a nice visit. One gift of age is time to savor what you choose to do with your day. I got back home around 4, and a nap seemed in order, so I did that...*VBS*.
I had taken my finished rug, and the two that are in progress to show the gals. I left them rolled up in the back seat of the car when I got home. I had my arms full of packages and presents..*S*
I decided about 8 or so, to run out and get them from the car, so I could crochet. I have to confess that hearing the weather blurbs at timed intervals prompted my action. Believe it or not...we have S.N.O.W. in our overnight forecast! Quite a shock!!!

And as the weatherman said...'from 80 degrees to snow in less than 5 days'....it's quite a shock.
It sounds like my friend Darcie, in ND, will get it first. Northern MN and WI are expecting 6-8 inches. The band will be lighter as it comes further south....but my area is still in for everything from rain, freezing rain to 4+" of accumulation. Happy Oct. 11th apparently.
As I stood outside tonight, thinking about weather and looking at the darkened sky, I couldn't help but wonder about it all. That and be amazed.
The sky wasn't the midnight black of a clear star lite night. It was a soft velvety black, looking almost charcoal in places. No stars were visible, nor was the just-past-full moon. How dark our world seems without the stars and moon shining up there.

You learn early on, as a child, how much snow lightens and brightens the landscape. It's white, after all, and it will reflect even a tiny pinpoint of light. The brillance of it on a clear bright day hurts your eyes. In the dusk of evening, or a rising moon, you can see to walk a country road. Even those that have no street lights to aid you.
I have lived most of my 66 winters in a climate where snow is a reality. A year was spent in Biloxi, MS where nothing resembling snow happened...LOL, altho the pecans were great!! And another year(compliments of the USAF) was spent on the Oregon coastline. It snowed once. On the opposite side of the road from our little country home...*VBG* Guess that leaves me with about 63 years of snow, doesn't it?
I've heard people say that they don't miss snow at all, after moving to a year round warmer climate. But you know, I would miss snow. Somehow it's part of the reality of who I am. If I lived where snow didn't happen, I would miss it. I would feel deprived of the wonder of watching it drift down slow and soft and white, as if from heaven. Surely it must come from heaven. I'd miss what happens when Mother Nature decided to "stir things up" and sends a blizzard. It is a powerful and mighty force that can dump foot after foot of frozen moisture on you, and whip it up with winds that howl and moan around the buildings. That can pile the white stuff 20 feet or more high one day, and be all calm and sparkling white the next. Power like that is to be respected.

I guess what I am trying to say is that after all these years, the prospect of the first snow is still an "event". It creates an excitement. The child who loved snow stirs and awakens. It's the kind of anticipation where you peek out in the middle of the night to see if "it" is here yet. Where you sit with your mug of morning coffee and watch "it" happen and smile.
And when you sit at a computer, at night,in WI and talk about the years gone by and about the coming of snow.

20 comments:

Patti said...

All the reasons I so want to live where it always snows in the winter - you said it so very beautifully. And I never have. I can count on my ten fingers the number of times I can remember enough snow so that it stayed a few days, and I've never experienced a blizzard. How I'd love to do that - even once - before I die.

Sue said...

I've lived in this town all my life (never anywhere else) Snow is not something we get here! We were in shorts today and it's supposed to be beautifully sunny the rest of the week.
I did love this post as you make the anticipation of snow sound so wonderful!!

Nancy said...

Snow is something we almost never see here. Back in MS we'd have a nice snow every 4 or 5 years but mostly snow was something that melted almost as soon as it hit the ground. I can't imagine living somewhere that it snowed all the time. In fact when I married I told David I didn't care where we lived as long as it wasn't somewhere it got really cold in the winter. I don't do cold well. *VBS* Guess we're both a product of where we were raised.

Fiona said...

When I was little, we got snow every year and it's part of my childhood memories. For my kids, it's different, global warming seems to mean that we hardly ever get 'proper' snow, that lays on the ground and you can make snowballs with. We've go a sled in the garage that has only been used once in all my daughter's 16 years.

Hedgehog said...

Oh, Finn, you have written so beautifully and seem to have gotten inside my head, too! I couldn't live without snow. I'm still waiting for our first snow. It always makes me feel like a child.

susan said...

Pull up the quilts and enjoy the SNOW!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Finn...you write so beautifully and can express yourself so well. I was able to visualize what you wrote so well.

I too love snow although we don't get much of it anymore. But when snow is predicted, I get all excited and keep peeking out the windows to check if its here yet. Christmas just doesn't seem like Christmas without it either.

After reading your post I wanted to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm comforter...But it's not cold here yet.

quiltpixie said...

I too would miss snow -- but must admit snow yesterday on the ground to drive home from work in seemed a little unnecessary....

Libby said...

I used to wish and wish it would snow in my coastal California town when I was young. The closest was a periodic heavy frost that would coat the lawn -- not even close to snow. I have seen snow on the ground a very few times in my life, but finally got the chance about 3 years ago to see it falling from the sky. Magical. I was in a hotel room in a small Colorado town. I sat on the floor to get the best view and watched for the longest time. I was told by locals that the big, fluffy flakes were not the norm, but it was so peaceful and gentle. There was a time I had hoped to live where there are 4 seasons. I don't think that will happen. But I did get to experience the magic once *s*

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I first saw snow when I was 12, and it was really only dirty sludge. Then when I was 22 I spent 2 weeks in the snow in France. The end of that year I saw the first snow fall of the winter in London - I still remember the 'feel' of that day. Have never seen it since that winter. I would love to live somewhere cold. I don't like the heat, and it's getting hotter every year. Looking forward to photos.

joyce said...

THere is nothing more beautiful than a full moon reflecting shadows on white snow in the forest in winter. Snow may last a bit long up here, but I would definitely miss it. One of my best moments was when our grandson from Australia was here and it started snowing. Such excitement! He spent the next day going up and down our slope on the quarter inch of snow that fell.

Dawn said...

We might get snow tomorrow too! Can you believe it. And the high is suppose to only be in the low 30's! YIKES! I love snow too, especially when I can stay indoors and just enjoy the view!

Darcie said...

Ah yes. I did awake to SNOW. Just the light, dusty kind though. And right now the sun is trying to warm the chilling 29 degree atmosphere.

I love my seasons too!

I had to laugh an Ebony's wild side! She's a kitten at heart!

Nellie Bass Durand said...

I'm happy to spend winters in Tennessee after a lifetime of the winters you are fond of. Snow comes down in Tennessee and it's a winter fairyland that lasts hardly more than a day. It creates much excitement. As a matter of fact, just the threat of any amount of snow does so. Schools close and there's a run on staples at the grocery stores. We're the only ones in our neighborhood that own a snow shovel (brought on our move from Wisconsin). Only occassionally has it been used or borrowed. When it does snow, I'm out there in it or at the windows feeling the childlike joy and wonder of it.

Jeanne said...

Oh, Finn, what beautiful thoughts about snow! You've made me homesick for the Midwest all over again :(

I remember waking up on many different mornings throughout my childhood, and seeing that unmistakeable brightness reflecting in from outside the window and knowing it had snowed hard overnight before I even jumped up to look out.

Aaah, there's a part of us that never grows up, isn't there?

Jeanne

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Where I grew up we had snow, it was wonderful! Texas wellll we rarely get snow and if it snows it last maybe 24 hours and poof its gone, as if it was never here to begin with... I too miss it and guess I always will...

Sweet P said...

You describe the first snow "event" perfectly. My husband will testify that if the snow fall is predicted to happen at I've been known to get out of bed every hour to see if the snow has started. I've been known to jump up and down and squeal and wake him up. And having my morning cup of coffee and stand at the window mesmerized by the falling snow.

Peggy said...

Finn, I envy you the snow! I have loved snow and cold weather all my life. Born and raised in the mountains I got plenty but now living on the east coast of the state I don't get snow very often. I miss it terribly. At least I can hop in the car and drive to the daughters when it snows and build snowmen with the grandkids.

JudyL said...

Finn, I had never seen snow til moving to KY in 1997. This will be my 9th winter here and I love the snow and get so excited when it begins to fall .. although we don't often get much of it.

I keep watching the accuweather 15 day forecast looking for those snowflakes in my future.

Judy L.

Maggie Ann said...

Oh yes, snow is such a miracle and exciting to witness. I love to see it come down too, so soft and beautiful. I don't think I'll ever be to old to not feel excited to see snow falling. thinking of the verse..'In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge'.Colossians 2:1 Better go switch the thermostat over to 'heat' and off of air. *vbs* to you dear Finn!