Friday, February 26, 2010


Finally! Finally we got a proper winter storm: a snowday, an excuse for hot chocolate, even a short-lived state of emergency thrown in for good measure. Working at the cafe last night was the high point. I watched, hour by hour, as a blowing wall of white enveloped the city. The crowd was sparse but hardy: they stumbled in looking like so many abominable snowmen, approaching the bar and ordering the hottest drinks, the strongest beers. One fellow even ventured down on skis.

This morning, Patrick and I went out to play in the fourteen marvelous inches of exquisitely packable snow. We donned our long underwear. We lobbed a few snowballs. We dropped Pete into a snowbank fully against his will, because he is, after all, a rat bastard and could use an ego check.

It was an excellent snowday.

PS: Yes, the hat is a flowerpot.


Huhnybee said...

That is such a cute snowman. I like his little flower patch eye. Looks like you had fun. Dan and I played in the snow last night while we were digging out. It was magical looking.

Stephanie said...

Glad to hear you had fun with the snow, and your snowman is very creative. Peace, Stephanie

Kami said...

What a cute snowman! I'm seeing Pat, at home, outside, in daylight. Does this mean he got a snow day, too?

Sowing Clover (Emily) said...

Your snowman is too cute! Love the flowerpot hat.

Unknown said...

Comptonia is a monotypic genus (containing only Comptonia peregrina) in the family Myricaceae, order Fagales. It is native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec south to the extreme north of Georgia, and west to Minnesota. The common name is Sweetfern or Sweet-fern, a confusing name as it is not a fern.

It is a deciduous shrub, growing to 1.5 m tall. The leaves of the plant are linear to lanceolate, 3-15 cm long and 0.3-3 cm broad, with a modified dentate, pinnately lobed margin; they give off a sweet odor, especially when crushed. The flowers are imperfect, meaning that no one flower has both gender parts. It tends to grow on dry sandy sites, and is associated with pine stands.
Yuri Mizyuk

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