WHERE'S OUR SNOW?
January 30, 2008
Oh me, oh my! I have felt so disappointed this winter with all the snow days and high accumulations of that in the mountains in Oregon but nothing around here in the northern end of the Willamette Valley, that IĎve become increasingly depressed. Snow on the ground came only within a few miles of us is. Doesnít look like Iíll be able to build a snowman again this year. This evening the weather forecasters say only a few snow flakes expected in isolated areas on the Valley floor and then the snow level expected to rise, leaving us again with the wet of rain!
Oh me, oh my! The snow started here about 6:00 pm. Itís still snowing an hour later and the flakes look the size of dinner plates!! Donít dare go outside in fear of getting knocked down by one of them!! Doesnít look like itís snowing very hard but then it doesnít take many flakes that size to add pretty fast. Rained all day today and still wet on the deck so didnít expect the few flakes falling would accumulate. Whoa and behold! The adds are adding. The snow has covered everything in a white nature. An hour later the snow is nearing an inch. Canít expect the temperatures to rise overnight, so there could be a white outside in the morning yet too. Does that now mean I will have to go out in that cold to build a snowman tomorrow?? I could get frosty fingers over that!!
The area looked so beautiful last night, so white, so clean, so fresh with our deck lights shining on the new snow. It quit snowing shortly; however, and signs of melting on the way. Figured it would be all gone by this morning. It wasnít. The wind was blowing some and made it feel really cold. You canít build a snowman when itís cold, can you!! I just couldnít contain myself any longer though. Donning a heavy coat, rubber gloves and a weak mind, I snuck out the basement door to just try the snow to see how much trouble to make a snowball when the snow is melting pretty fast. Hey, packs really good. I proceeded to make my first snowman and stood it on the sidewalk so the neighborís cat could admire it. Itís still smaller than the cat. Okay, so itís only two small snowballs stacked. This is only a test you know!!
Half of last nights snow had already melted, so not much depth over the grass in the backyard. Pristine snow on the street out front but thought better about that. Neighbors up and down the street probably already concerned about my mental state! Give them a rest.
The first snowman was so easy might try a little bigger one!! Roll a clump along the ground and it gathers and gathers until Ö big enough for a base. Couple more times of that, stack them and what have I got? Not a whole lot of anything but a stack of snow leaning south. Try some arms! He turned out a little short handed but looks better than nothing. The head doesnít look like a head until a pigs nose is added. How about some ears? Flopped one on one side then flapped one at the other side. Oops! Always better the second time donít you think? Added a plop for a small hat. Stand back and survey your artistic ability. Okay, so we canít all be perfect!! Whoops, the arms look like they are at knee height. Better adjust. Okay, let me try to attach them again. Thatís one and thatís the other Ö and thatís the first one again. Finally heís holding together. Looks pretty pale without features. Get out the black, spray can of paint and give him a little touch up. Now heís reeeaaaally something!!! Wow!! Could have done better if I new what I was doing!!
Go get Joan, go get the camera!! Joan was so proud of me!! I could hear her saying something but I couldnít quite understand what it was. I turned to look at her and ask again Ö but I didnít need to. Iíve seen her tilt her head and roll her eyes like that before. Times like this, itís good to have a hearing problem!!!
I finally did get Joan to take a picture with Ö My Man! I promised not to tell of the chores around the house I had to commit doing for the next month! Uhh, that picture not forthcoming. I need some free time in 2008!!!
The poor guy!! No, not me Ö (Joan hasnít read this yet!). The snowman is losing weight quickly this afternoon. Looks to be crying, with the black painted eyes starting to run down his face as the temperature warms. He IS sitting on a pretty short ice cube. The lawn is green all around him by afternoon. He was happy during his prime!! And I was happy too that this winter didnít pass without a snowman in the backyard to Ö make the neighborís cats also wonder about the guy inside.