Snow Day! A Gift of Time

February 6, 2017

“I love that snow is mineral, falling as billions of temporary stars.”
— Diane Ackerman, Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

Weeping poplar, snowy landscape

Weeping poplar, snowy landscape

“”They seem tentative and awkward at first, then in a hastening host a whole brief army falls, white militia paratrooping out of the close sky over various textures, making them one.”
— Donald Hall, Seasons at Eagle Pond

My neighborhood this morning

My neighborhood this morning

Today I woke to a snow-covered world, and when I checked the inclement weather hotline I heard that the city’s branch libraries were closed today and I didn’t have to go to work. Yippee!  A snow day!  A whole day of unscheduled time.  What a gift!

I donned boots and took a morning walk around Green Lake.  So pretty.

Path at Green Lake

Path at Green Lake

Dawn Redwood at lake's edge

Dawn Redwood at lake’s edge

I loved the pattern of the black branches laden with white frosting

I loved the pattern of the black branches laden with white frosting

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Witch hazel

Witch hazel

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Cedars

Cedars

Snow Day!

January 20, 2012

Playing in the snow at Green Lake

“It is sometimes mistakenly thought by city people that grown-ups don’t love snow.  They think only children who haven’t got to shovel it love snow, or only people like the von Furstenburgs and their friends who get to go skiing in exotic places and will never backslope a roadside in all their lives:  that is a mistake.  The fact is that most country or small-town Minnesotans love snow.  They relish snow in large inconvenient storms; they like the excesses of it, they like the threat of it, the endless work of it, the glamour of it.”
— Carol Bly, from “Great Snow” in Letters from the Country

This girl loves snow!  Of course, I am a Minnesota country girl at heart.

Yesterday was a Snow Day!  The Seattle public libraries were closed, and I did not have to go in to work.  It felt like the old days when we listened for school closure announcements on WCCO Radio.  These days the announcements are likely to be made by automated telephone or on a website.  So nice to have a day to play in the snow before it all melts!

“Oh, winter!  one never, never loses the surprise and wonder of new fallen snow, that inexplicable something that touches the core of your innermost being as you stand in your nightie shivering and amazed at the pure glory of the transformation.”
— Emily Carr, Hundred and Thousands:   The Journals of an Artist

The sports fields at Green Lake were full of people and dogs romping in the snow.

Building snowmen and sledding

Snow Day at Green Lake

Walking down the sidewalk in my neighborhood