“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Yesterday was the second day of the wrap the presents marathon. I dosed myself with Aleve and by the late afternoon I was ready to go. All of the presents were wrapped by nine then I started clearing and picking up each room. The den is back to its usual clutter. I can start breathing normally again, no more hyperventilation. A few bags and a bunch of boxes were loaded into the car for a future dump run. The dining room is now back to normal. The living room is the only room discombobulated, and it will stay that way for a while. The couch and the chair are filled with bags filled with wrapped gifts, all headed to Colorado. Each bag is labeled with a name. I have to close those bags and staple their tops so I can pack them in boxes I don’t have yet. The post office is on my list today. I also want to finish my cards. It seems my to-do list, despite everything I do, never gets any smaller. I want to start decorating the tree by first putting on lights then moving the tree to its usual spot, in the corner by the hearth, before I add strands of tinsel and ornaments. My house too needs to be decorated. I’m talking all of downstairs, four rooms and a bathroom. Yup, even the bathroom gets a holiday makeover. You need something to look at.

The day is chilly and cloudy. Tomorrow will be cold, in the 30’s, and they’ll be a mixture of rain and snow, maybe 1-2 inches.

When I was a kid, I wanted lots of snow for Christmas. I always thought the whole season revolved around snow. Santa had a sleigh with runners, not wheels. It was pulled by reindeer, natives of cold places like the arctic or the tundra. Santa was completely bundled in a heavy coat, mittens and a warm hat. He wore boots. He was dressed for the cold.

I’d look out the window every night and check for snowflakes. I’d listen to the weather on the radio, and I’d hope to wake up to a wild storm of snow slanted sideways from the wind. Most mornings I was disappointed.

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10 Comments on ““The very fact of snow is such an amazement.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Wrapathon begins tonight. I am fussing that I didn’t get gift boxes, but I guess I don’t get everything right. I am thinking about the right music to which to wrap. I know it should be Christmas songs but I am thinking The Rolling Stones.

    Your weather forecast is our weather forecast. 2 to 4 they yelled, maybe an inch or two they adjusted, Its clear bule skies and very cold. Otherwise there ain’t no snow…yet

    Our lunch room is beginning to fill up with goodies from our friends and business partners. I have been very generous to myself with the oranges and apples but otherwise stayed away from the cookies and popcorn and chocolately stuff.

    Its the second weekend of Advent and we charge towards one of my KTCC favorites.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I watched old movies, and that kept me going. I was so happy to be finished. I was going to have an easy day today, but I didn’t. I spiked my egg nog after I’d finished. I put my ugly scrub pine in the dining room. It was supposed to be easy as I just cover it, lights and ornaments still on it when I put it away. I used every curse I knew!

      I have a note to myself about the third weekend. I will not forget. I even told Alexa to remind me.

      I have been going through recipes and that has made me wish I had cookies on hand. Apples and oranges just don’t so it this time of year.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The storm has started to calm down now but every now and again a strong gust comes along. The night will be more or less clear but they say it won’t be cold because of the south western winds. We’ll get lots of snow next Tuesday-Wednesday and after that it’ll get warmer again. I never really liked snow when I was a kid and even less now 🙂 🙂 It is beautiful when it falls though 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is beautiful when it falls. I usually turn on the outside lights so I can watch the flakes fall.

      We will only get 2 inches. The snow will start here and move north. My sister is expecting 6 inches. It will be cold.

      Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    We’ve got snow today 🙂
    About 2 inches and I hope it will survive the night so I can take a walk tomorrow and enjoy it by daylight. I like snow, it brightens up the gray world.

    • katry Says:

      That is about the amount I should see when I wake up tomorrow, if it survives the night. It could turn to rain, and I’d be disappointed.

  4. Bob Says:

    Today was our first freeze of the season. I woke up to 27 degrees at six o’clock. Today has been absolutely clear and crisp with a high of 46 degrees. However by Sunday we will be back int mid 60s again.

    However, San Antonio which is 250 miles to the south got two or more inches of snow. Seeing the Alamo in TV amid snow flakes was amazing. Corpus Christie which is another couple of hundred miles south of San Antonio got an inch of the white stuff. Corpus Christie is not very far from the Rio Gramde valley. I got to put on my heavy leather bomber jacket and a sweater to come to work.

    • katry Says:

      We also had a freeze. but it didn’t get as cold as you had to bear. It is chilly now mostly because of the dampness. It will start snowing around 1 or 2, but we aren’t expecting much.

      Some places look enchanted when covered in snow. When the snow falls, it is a wonder to watch under the lights. I turned on both the front and back door lights to watch.

  5. Rowen Says:

    “You need something to look at.”

    • katry Says:

      It rained last night, no snow. They say maybe this evening for the Cape. My sister is getting snow now. I am staying home to decorate the house and tree today though I may go out to get boxes. I figure keeping busy with my tree is a good way to spend the day!

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