Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Another storm warning was issued yesterday. This warranted some discussion. The Neighbor mused about how she would get to Tacoma for a meeting if that were the case. But we didn't take it too seriously. The fact is, every few years we have some snow fall and then it warms up and it rains until June. That we still have snow in our yards after a week is a little crazy but surely we'll get back to normal soon enough.

The only thing I worried about was the side streets, which still bear a fair amount of snow and ice from last week's storm. To get to The Child's school I have to go up and down some significant hills. The main arterials are all clear and have been for days. It's getting to them that can still be a challenge. If it did snow, even a little, that could make the morning communte nerve-wrackingly slippy-slidey.

I needn't have worried. At 5:30 The Spouse gently shook me awake. "Look", he said, singing his little "la la lalala" to the tune of "Sleigh Ride". The snow was coming down. Hard. And it's supposed to snow like this for at least another hour. The reports are suggesting that it will turn to rain later today, which, if it clears the roads and doesn't freeze over tonight, means we'll get back to normal tomorrow. Or we won't.

Things to Do Today:
  • Eat a big bowl of Scotch oats with lots of brown sugar and maple walnuts.
  • Make a snow angel. Maybe 3.
  • Bake something. Maybe some brioche, or some cinnamon rolls.
  • Make a big pot of soup for The Child's lunch.
  • Do something academic with The Child. She is going to be dumb as a brick if this keeps up. Perhaps I should just plan on homeschooling her until spring.
  • Enjoy the beautiful, pristine landscape as long as I can.

A lot of people have grown weary of all this. Some reporter was even talking about kids who were disappointed to see more snow. (I doubt they are upset about the snow, per se. It's the prospect of being in school into July that is no doubt weighing on them). But I'm not yet weary of the pristine views, the quiet days punctuated only by the crunch of intrepid kids looking for a new sledding spot. I like that the bare patches in the back garden, churned up by The Dog, are all frosted over again. I like that it is so frosty brisk outside and so toasty warm inside. This snow is a rare and beautiful gift. So long as I don't have to drive in it, I don't mind a bit.

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Blogger Seattle Coffee Girl opined...

It's positively yummilicious out today, isn't it? I'm going to make some minestrone, watch at least three episodes of "The Office: Season 2" and take a nap (or two).

I puffy heart this snow.

Enjoy your day, LT! Kisses to the Child, she's a lucky girl to have a mama like you!

January 16, 2007 8:23 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Oh, goody...another Seattlite who doesn't mind! Sounds like you have a perfect day planned, SCG!

January 16, 2007 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

My thoughts exactly: I love it as long as I don't have to drive on it.

Problem is, I always do.

January 16, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger Dana opined...

Are Scotch oats like steel cut irish oats?
Either way, brown sugar and walnuts sound delicious.

January 16, 2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger greeny opined...

I love how the day stretches ahead for me when we are out of school for snow. Everything just slows down and I can breattthhhe.
Enjoy your day, Lorraine.

January 16, 2007 9:48 AM  
Blogger Red7Eric opined...

Wow ... how do I arrange my life so that "scotch oats with brown sugar" is on MY agenda??!!

Enjoy the scenery ...

January 16, 2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

JP, once we become blog mogols you won't have to drive anywhree. You can have a chauffer.

Dana, Yes. Samey same. Love. Them.

Exactly, Greeny. We've been doing a lot of breattthhhing lately.

R7, Let's see, you just stop by here for breakfast on the way to work in the morning.

January 16, 2007 10:12 AM  
Blogger Dariush Alavi opined...

Okay, okay, okay, wait a minute, I need to ask you something:

In your corner of the world, if children miss some schooling 'cause the great salt shaker in the sky has rendered their school inaccessible... THEY HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL DURING WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THEIR SUMMER BREAK??!??!??!?!?

January 16, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

D, Sad but true. The schools are required to provide x number of days of schoolin' per year and if weather or other cirucumstances close school then the time has to be made up at the end of the spring term. Our kids have already missed something like 7 days, between the ice storm in November, the wind storm in Dec. and now this. I did hear something that if a state of emergency is declared then any missed school time doesn't have to be made up. That would give us credit for the wind storm days.

Poor little blighters.

January 16, 2007 10:30 AM  
Blogger Jon opined...

I think you guys in Seattle have had more snow than us in Chicago this year.
I want Scotch oats now. With a big mug of strong milky tea.

January 16, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

See kids, this is what making lemonade from lemons is all about. 'Cept in this case the lemonade is oatmeal. Yum!

January 16, 2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger Grish opined...

All we have is Ice and cold. I envy your white colored goodness..

January 16, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Jon, Breakfast is at 7.

Eva, Indeed.

Grish, Well, your envy will be short-lived. The thaw is now coming on fast and furious.

January 16, 2007 5:00 PM  

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