Wednesday, February 17, 2016

a few feathery flakes

This morning bright sun sparkled on the heaps of snow that fell yesterday. We figure that close to 40 cm of snow hit the ground here, possibly even close to 50, some of it after the snowblow and shovel yesterday. In fact there is easily another 10+ cm since our snow clearing efforts. So guess what we did this morning…

The sun kept shining as we did our work, a warm hand on the back of my head. My jacket was opened and gloves were thrown onto the already cleared steps. As I bared the dark boards of the deck, the sun melted the remaining snow. Of course this meant that the unshoveled snow continued to get heavier and heavier, or was that my aching arms and back making it feel that way? Nevertheless, it was nice spending some time outside.

After the snow was taken care of, Carm went out and about to do some errands. He came back with a still warm from the oven loaf of white bread from our local bakery. Normally we stick to ‘healthier’ whole wheat breads, but there is something comforting about fresh bread, soft and chewy at the same time. I think you need the extra gluten of white flour to get the right texture. It was a nice reward for all our hard work (and pretty much nix’d the calories we’d burned).

A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne