Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Awesome

The word "awesome" is so overused these days, but sometimes it's exactly what's called for. My drive to Southampton at 7am was exactly that.

Yesterday's snow stopped falling about 2:00 in the afternoon, but the sun never came out and clouds covered the sky. Because of that, along with the cold temperature, the trees, signs, bushed, buildings-everything in sight remained coated in white.  Normally the snow begins to melt and fall off in clumps right away once the storm is passed, but not this time.

It felt like I was in a movie set, bringing to mind the scenes from "Dr. Zhivago" all those years ago, or more recently the land of Narnia is "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". Everything in site was encased in white. The sky was still gray and again the sun wasn't hitting the ground, so all that heavy snow continued to burden the huge pine trees, bending branched toward the ground, and making every little bush stand out in stark relief. It really was stunning.

It's afternoon now and some of the snow is beginning to disappear. Roads are clear and sidewalks are passable. Some of the landscape is still encased in white, but slowly it's changing. I wonder if, like in Dr. Zhivago, Siberia is always in a state of frozen glory. We know that Narnia is fictional, but in my mind, it will always look just like eastern Long Island did right after the snow of February 2016. Which was awesome.

Monday, February 8, 2016

More...

The snow is falling again this morning and again, I don't have to go anywhere. I like that. Today is babysitting day and it's early enough that I'm not sure yet whether the kids will be coming or not. Schools are closed, but if their parents are heading to work then the kids be arriving here shortly. If by chance they don't come, I have projects to do, knitting and sewing right here at home.

They are saying the snow will come and go for two days, so tomorrow is another story. Tuesday is my volunteer day, but not worth the trip to Southampton if the roads are bad. I don't think I'm quite considered "essential personnel"! They won't miss me much if I'm not there.

Well we shall see how the roads are as the time goes by here. It could be a very productive day if I'm alone and can get things done. Or, it will be a day of reading books to my grandchildren. Either way it will be a very good day...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bright

The sun is shining brightly this morning and the light is bouncing off the snow like crazy. It's still beautiful out there, with big chunks of that heavy snow still clinging to branches everywhere, but with the temperature rising into the 40s I imagine we'll see lots of melting today. It's a beautiful winter day.

Saturday's are busy days here, but always enjoyable. We are productive and active and grateful that we can be. With this beautiful sun streaming through the windows it's difficult not to want to get things done. We have a long list. That's as it should be. Who needs leisure time now? Those days are ahead. Today we are making hay while the sun shines, as they say. I hope everyone is as energized as I am. And I hope for many more beautiful days like this ahead.

Friday, February 5, 2016

White

It was raining when I got up this morning, but it's pretty white out there now. The snow is falling in bug chunky flakes, heavy and wet as it drops from the sky. I'm going to try to go out once an hour and scrape it off the walkways because it's going to be hard to shovel later on. They call this "heart attack snow" so the less of it shoveled at my age the better.

Fortunately I have no need to leave the house this morning. I have a birthday cake to decorate and tonight we'll be going out to celebrate with my grandson on his 11th, but hopefully by then the roads will be clear and we'll be able to get around with no problem. Schools are closed, but according to the weather experts it should all be over by mid-afternoon.

We can only hope that it all disappears as quickly this time as it did last. Snow is best when it acts like house quests-never overstaying it's welcome!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tonight

They say there's snow coming tonight. I'm a little worried, only because I'm on ambulance duty.

The most challenging months for me in terms of being an ambulance volunteer are December through March. And January and February are by far the worst. The snow can really be a challenge in answering calls, especially when there's a lot of it. First there is the cleaning off of the car for me, since we don't have the luxury of a garage. I have a windshield cover that helps, but I still need to make sure I can see out the back and side windows to safely negotiate the roads.

Then there is the issue of the driveway. If there's a lot of snow and the plows are out working, my biggest challenge can be getting through the pile at the end of my driveway. As long as I can get a good running start I can usually do it.

Which brings me to the third challenge: traffic. If there is no other traffic on the road, I'm usually good. It's those other cars that provide the danger. If my car slides a little (especially when coming out of the previously mentioned driveway) it's no big deal. Unless there is a car on the road to slide into.

Of course there is the challenge of walking and maneuvering stretchers and patients around as well. But once I actually get to the ambulance from my house I feel as though I've already won the battle.

In twenty-five years I've never missed a call at night regardless of the weather. And tonight is not supposed to amount to much. I think all will be well. And hopefully I'll get through yet another winter without missing a call...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coming storm

Today started out sunny and warm, but the clouds moved in mid-afternoon and the rain has finally arrived. It's going to be a windy, rainy night.

The temperature is still moderate and we can't complain about that. After all, it's rain we're talking about, not snow! So the rain will come and hopefully tomorrow the sun will return. They're talking about snow for next week, maybe. But for now, we're fine as it is.

I put the gas fireplace on this afternoon once I got into the house for good. I'd been out running errands and meeting with people all morning, so I was ready to get back in for some work at home. I had computer work to do, and a cake to bake, and with the skies threatening it was nice to come home. Tonight will be a quiet night here as my husband has a meeting to attend and I'll be alone. Just the rain, and a little wind. And my knitting to tend to. Sounds like a nice way to spend an evening in February to me...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Phil

So, according to Puxatawnee Phil, we are due for an early Spring this year. It's a nice idea!

I already feel Spring coming - especially on Tuesday mornings. Driving to Southampton early in the morning I can see the sun coming up earlier. This morning there were wonderful shafts of lights streaking across the open farm fields, announcing a new day sooner than it would have a month ago. And happily, we still have some daylight at 5:00 in the afternoon, inching slowly toward those longer days to come.

Today was warm enough to feel like early Spring, but there are still cold days to come. We may still have snow and we may still be in winter, but we sense that a new season is slowly coming our way. Day by day, week by week, time goes by too quickly to wish for the future today. We need to treasure every moment and love where we are. Spring is delightful, but Winter is too. Because life is good and meant to be savored. And so we shall.