The forecasters were both right and wrong: it did snow. We woke yesterday morning to discover 8" of pristine powdery crystals but no blizzardy winds came through.
We waited and waited for the convicts* to show up but they never came.
What?! "Convicts??" you ask... Not to worry. Our town's sheriff's department enlists a crew of able bodied men serving time in the county jail to shovel snow for citizens on disability, and lucky for us we share a driveway a very loooonnng, steep driveway with a woman who qualifies. We are thrilled when the guys in orange jumpsuits show up and my sister always takes some sort of goodies out to them. It's rare when it isn't something she baked herself. On the rare occasion we aren't looking to share her cakes or cookies she'll take some chocolate out to them. We are never without plenty of chocolate to share.
Usually they appear soon after the snow stops. But not yesterday... so, the young man who lives in one house over who also shares the driveway pulled out his almost-always-broken snowblower and did the job late in the day.
I'm sure the boys in orange jumps suits and their guards will be disappointed when they finally get to our neighborhood today...
P.S. Yes, that is a pink bench underneath the snow. Actually, it's thick oak strips were painted pink and yellow by its original owner. My sister spied it at a junk shop many, many years ago and fell in love with it. It was very old back then. It's made of thick oak strips and wrought iron. The neighbor's cat likes to sleep on it when it is warmed by the sun. It's begun listing to one side... i'll be very sad when it finally collapses.
*my sister thinks it's rude of me to call them convicts... but they are, aren't they?
It is very cold outside and will they say turn even colder. And there is a Winter Storm Warning. It is to begin gently tomorrow and end as a blizzard on Friday.
We are as prepared as we can be i've pulled out my plumpest down comforter and we still have plenty of chocolate leftover from Christmas and milk, eggs, bread and cheese fixin's for soup and to reward ourselves after shoveling snow we could make lemon mousse or even a little sparkling lemonade while we are still hot and sweaty.
Because, in the cold front room where all the potted plants too tender for our outdoor climate spend the winter we have two Meyer lemon trees.
We've already harvested 5 or 6 from this one
while the other has clearly adopted a different time zone and is once again covered in flowers which fill the room with their sweet fragrance
i do love winter and living in a house with large south facing windows.
Sunshine! On south facing slopes, patches of earth are appearing. The once deep blanket of snow is wearing thin, full of holes. Another inch disappears each time i turn my back.
Yes, we may yet have more snow fall. But the sun traces a higher arc in the sky, each day. The empty seed pods of iris, black eyed Susans, and coneflower have sprouted out of the sparkling counterpane. The melting has begun.