“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”

Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you have one of those moments that just makes every part of you smile. Last night was trivia night. I arrived early to get a table for all of us, ordered a drink and just sat and looked around. It was Cape Cod I was seeing, the old Cape when in winter most places shut their doors and the summer people are long gone. At the Chatham Squire the walls are wood paneling like the old small summer cabins were, but there were even more remnants of the Cape I knew when I was young. Lots of guys had beards with lots of grey and the guys wore sweatshirts with hoods, not hoodies, but sweatshirts with hoods, and dark wool watch caps and you knew many were fishermen. Women wore heavy sweaters or sweatshirts and little make-up. Conversations were loud. It was like everyone knew everyone else. Music was playing, and I was about as content as I’ve been in a while. My team was running late, but I knew they’d make it in time. I was in the mood for seafood and had the fried clams. At the end of the evening, we didn’t win; in fact, we were awful, but we didn’t care. We went for the fun of it, for the companionship and for the laughs. It was a perfect evening.

Today is a beautiful day. It is supposed to hit 45˚. I know the ice is already melted, but it will freeze again tonight, and I’ll slip on it again tomorrow. Snow is a possibility for the weekend with snow showers Saturday and heavier snow on Sunday. I’m pretty sick of it. Snow is a kid’s thing. Adults look and first think about how beautiful it is. The falling snow quiets the world and leaves a pristine landscape like the front of a Christmas card then the snow stops then comes the shoveling, the cold hands, wet feet and misery. Meanwhile, kids throw snowballs and sled down hills. School is out for the day. Snow is wonderful.

I, however, have both feet in the adult camp right now. I’m still living with the misery of that last storm, and I’ll be hard-pressed to think how beautiful when it starts to snow again on Sunday. It’s going to take a while before I leave the outside light on so I can watch the snow fall the way I used to a few short weeks ago.

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  1. You must be sick of snow, I hope you get good weather soon. We are supposed to get heavy rain and storms a few days next week, it makes for gloomy days, but we are in a drought and need the water. It’s cold today, but sunny, so I’m trying to enjoy the trade off.

    • Kat Says:

      plgcm,
      I am so sick of snow and thanks-we have good weather today but it’s not supposed to last.

      I am a lover of rain, particularly thunder storms. When I Iived in Ghana, I knew what it was like not to have rain for months in the dry season so I wish you the rain, inches and inches of rain!

      I agree that sometimes all we have is the tradeoff!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m with you in the adult anti-snow camp. The winter before last was really too much snow for one winter. Last winter spoiled me with no snow except for two really nasty storms. It would be great if Mother Nature would strike a nice balance between none and a ton. 🙂

    This morning I had a date with the plumber. He came at 9AM to fix a very slow leak in the toilet. I’ve been putting it off for months because it was taking a few weeks to get even a moderate amount of water in the little bucket on the cellar floor. Two hundred twenty-five dollars and less than an hour later, it was all fixed. I hope. Time and no water in the little bucket will tell. Old houses; gotta luv ’em. 🙂

    Very sunny and warm today. Not a day to waste inside especially if more snow is coming. Bleh.

    Enjoy your day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      39˚ spoiled snow for me. I like a little snow but the last storm was too much, and I don’t want any more. UNCLE! UNCLE!

      I am the same about putting stuff off if they aren’t too much bother. I can live with small anything, but I know there comes a time when the experts have to be called. I always dread the cost.

      I had a doctor’s appointment so I was out for a while. It was lovely.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I miss the snow. And the sun. Anything to light up this cold grey world outside…
    Found a nice Barbershop quartet version of “Old Cape Cod”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAzwlWa5KZc

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I miss being warm without needing a couple of layers. You can have my snow!

      Nice! I do love a barbershop quartet. Thanks!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Sick of snow already 🙂 🙂 🙂 We’ll get snow for at least all of February and most possibly most of Mars as well. The worst year that I can remember we had snow way in to May, I really live in the wroing place to be honest 🙂 🙂 🙂

    But it is beautiful after a snow fall, even I have to admit that but I prefer to see it in a photograph 🙂 I wouldn’t go out at all during winter if it wasn’t for my dogs.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      I want spring with a crocus here and then sticking its head out of the ground, but first we have to get through February, a notorious bad month.

      We’ve had snow in April but only a little, and it melted right away.

      Since I retired, I have spent far less time outside in the winter. I just take a look out the window and that is plenty.

      Have a great evening!

  5. vintagespins Says:

    Hi Kat, I’m wondering what brought the DC5 to mind today? The British Invasion bands always put a smile on my face, so thanks.

    Well, I’ve run into another little problem with my proposed WP blog. When I imported all of my old posts, the code for the pictures went all wonky, with some of them centred and some of them left-justified. That means that I have to manually go in and restore them. Oh well . . . In the meantime, I’ve decided to temporarily open up the old one with a few tunes (box linked).

    Please drop by once in a while when you have a chance, until the new one is sorted out:

    http://inthegrooves.blogspot.ca/

    Thanks again for your help yesterday.

    All the best,
    Marie

    • Kat Says:

      Marie,
      I was more than happy to help.

      It was the death of Rick Huxley so I thought I needed to post a couple of Dave Clark songs in memory.

      You’ve got me on the pictures. Once you upload and post they shouldn’t migrate like that, but if you imported them from blogger into wordpress maybe they are not compatible.

      I love your blog. It’s interesting and so varied in the music. It’s fun!

      • vintagespins Says:

        Hi Kat, Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Much to my surprise I discovered that no one is dling and few listening, so I figured I might as well just import posts from my old site with divshare players instead.

        We’re expecting more snow up here in Ontario over the next 2-3 days. Hope it bypasses you. Marie

      • Kat Says:

        Marie,
        it’s on the way: 4 to 8 inches and heavy winds. I am not happy!!

        I don’t find many people downloading my songs either, maybe 5 or 6 a day, but I’ll offer just in case.

        Stay warm!!

  6. vintagespins Says:

    Forget my question, Kat – I read the main post but missed the text up top about Rick Huxley! Marie

  7. Bob Says:

    Now you know the reason that cities in the sun belt have grown by leaps and bounds since the end of WWII. The advent of air conditioning made the summers livable and many people left the snow belt in droves to get away from the winter weather and the crowding. Once the civil rights movement gave African Americans the freedom they deserved even they began to move back to the South’s fast growing cities like Atlanta and Dallas Ft. Worth from the industrial cities of the North to which their grandfathers moved for better jobs and more freedom.

    The very wealthy have always had winter homes in places like Palm Beach Florida where they could escape from the snow.

    Today was colder here with highs in the low 50s with a stiff north wind. One small snow day a year is just fine with me.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I knew that, but I don’t think I could live in air-conditioning all summer just to lose the snow. I love sitting out on the deck and enjoying the summer breezes.

      Around here we have the snow birds who leave in late fall for Florida then return here in spring. Many of my friends have condominiums there or stay with relatives. My neighbors across the street go for two months.

      We were 49˚ today so our weather was similar.

      • Bob Says:

        Too bad we can’t all live in Hawaii where the temperature is always moderate with constant trade winds. No snow in winter and no heat in summer. Oh, look out for that lava flow from the volcano 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Bob,
        Your description sounds so lovely I’d risk the lava!


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