"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sunday Stroll: Snow Storm Report

I can't even remember when the snow started. Friday night? Yesterday we had snow all day and through the night. The most memorable aspect of this storm has been the fierce winds. Last evening and after we went to bed the crashing, howling sound kept me awake for a very long time. Gales of up to 50 or 55 m.p.h. were expected and I would say we had some of them here at the Lodge. Consequently it's rather hard judging the snowfall totals because the wind prevented accumulation or blew around whatever fell. The prediction for our area was 8 to 12 inches and that seems about right.

The decision was made yesterday to cancel the Sunday morning church service, so we had a guilt-free morning of leisure.

From the moment they got up this morning, Jewel and Ruth were ready to romp and walk in the snow.

Jewel considers whether to scale the snow mountain on the big deck.

Ruth buried in a drift, catching flakes on her tongue.

Busy morning at the feeder--nuthatch and chickadee.

Jays, cardinals, juncoes, titmice are also feeding, either on the suet or safflower or the bread crumbs and cracked corn I flung onto the snow.

Indoors my azalea provides a different sort of snow-like beauty.

My garden statues are wintering indoors.

As the video shows, the girls enjoy the usual race and romp in their enclosure.

And then they get their little hearts' desire, a walk through the snow with the Chap. Warning! Excessive yapping from Ruth! Jewel isn't sure she wants to be seen in public with such a noisy, bouncy, over-excited little dog.

Ruth returned in a far calmer state than she departed, and is now curled next to me and Jewel on the sofa.

I've spent the past two days reading--a historical biographical novel followed by a nonfiction historical biography of the novel's protagonists, a contemporary chick lit novel, plus a couple of writing technique books including one about manuscript revision. I start tackling the ms. pages today. I think.

This New Year is beginning so peacefully and pleasantly. But it's back to the real world come Tuesday, with leadership meeting, legislative caucus, and diocesan work,as well as lunch and Main Street wandering with friend (our regular overnight guest, who again will stay at the Lodge.) Wednesday is the Constitutionally required first session of the House of Representatives, during which we'll decide the fate of numerous retained bills from last year. We've been on break from sessions since the end of June. Today, with so much snow around, that seems like a very long time ago!

Thanks for stopping by to stroll. If you want to continue, stop by Aisling's blog.

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