Friday, February 23, 2007
There are many things I like about snow. I like the symbolism inherent in the individuality of each snowflake, and how such a fragile, delicate thing, when joined by a billion of it's kind, can cause huge accidents, screw up airline travel, bury towns, and bring joy to school aged children everywhere.
I love the luminosity of snow. It's never truly dark out just after snowfall. The air has a pearlescent sheen, the ground and tree branches which just disappear into the dark of a winter night are transformed into delicate lacework.
I like that peculiar, particular smell of new snow. Nothing else smells just like that.
I love the silence. Before the plows start trundling by with their thunder and diesel humming, sparking up the roadsides, before most people work up the energy to dust off their vehicles, I like to go out and just listen. To nothing. Everything is muffled, calm, peaceful.
Even this morning, when I went out to look at the predawn beauty, the song of the cardinal and his mate were quieter, reverential. This world is so filled with beauty! You wouldn't think it to watch the 6 p.m. news, and I know there are bad things happening everywhere, but there are good things too, and snowbeauty is one of the good things.
Once the sun came up, and the blue stretched from horizon to horizon, people got on about their days, the birds flew about more purposefully (feed the belly, build the nests!) I knew I could get just a few more shots in before the heat and wind of the day stripped the last of the snow from the trees. This is the best of the lot, my beautiful birch tree.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
And below is our intrepid shovel man! He HAD to "hewp shovl like Chet and Robbie" during our Valentine's Day storm.
And last but not least, a beaming Robbie, who was overjoyed that it finally snowed enough for him to take a few runs on his sled ... after he shoveled his share of the driveway.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
This is our brook, just prior to the storm...it's been pretty cold here, and the brook froze solid, which has been a source of neverending explorations for Robbie. In some places it was 3" thick!
Well, now that it's snowed, I'm ready! We had a flock of Robins in the yard today, poor dears. If they are here, this means Spring is just around the corner...snow today, crocus tomorrow!!
Monday, February 12, 2007
It was an unexpected blessing to have a new baby in the house the week before Christmas! We'd just been told about 10 days prior that we'd likely be linked to a birthmom in the late winter or early spring 2007, when suddenly she was born and her birthmom wasn't linked to any other prospective parents. Wow! It was an adventure getting our family of 5 to Chicago in less than 24 hours, but we did it. Stayed at the Residence Inn in downtown Chicago, and we highly recommend them! The staff was wonderful and accomodated our every need.
We managed to get home after some snaffu at the airport...they would not let us on the plane because their regs stated a baby had to be 10 days old and Elisabeth was just 5 days old...so we thankfully had not yet turned in our rental van, and we went and resigned the paperwork so we could go out of state, hopped back into the van and took our new family of 6 on a 19.5 hour oddessy, driving from Chicago's Midway airport, back to central Massachusetts. We made it, obviously, despite the two older boys having a contest to see who could stay up the latest . I napped at rest areas while people had pee and coffee breaks, and actually drank a coffee myself but boy it kept me going at 3 a.m!
As I get more caught up, I'll post more pictures, but let me add one more, from our hotel room in Chicago, between the buildings that's Lake Michigan!