Here you can see one of panels to my mock up of my upcoming film, “Frosty Versus Zorro.” I don’t have the full story developed yet. I haven’t decided whether the snowman goes to Mexico or the sword fighter goes to Vermont. Plus, I haven’t quite figured out out how to draw it out long enough. Our masked cape wearer has the upper hand with the steel, obviously. And Frosty lost his broom so he can hardly fight back. Ah well. Chalk one up for the man in black.
We got the call yesterday afternoon. School would be closed. Work was closed. We weren’t going anywhere. And we stuck to that. And it snowed all day. OK, it did stop for a brief time, maybe an hour, but otherwise it fell and fell. It falls still. The stuff is deep. Typically we get the “January thaw,” a period of warmish weather above freezing. That is when the basement floods and the snow turns to slush and all the dirt starts to show. But not this year. It stayed cold and we got lots snow.
We kept the fire going in the woodstove and cozied up. I made pancakes for breakfast and zucchini bread for the afternoon. I took the failing produce in the refrigerator and made some soup stock. I made homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner. I kept the house warm by cooking.
We skied in the field and sledded on the hill and dug tunnels. We made roads for toy trucks and fell backward into the poof. We had a good time, outside and inside. My gauge for the depth of snow is the snowman my son and I made recently. Here is how it played out:
And it is forecast to snow all night. Sleep tight, Snowman!
Update 2/5: More snow is forecast for today, but our snowman, in the meantime, has some sun to take in:
Update 2/6: Lots of snow last night again–snowman buried after I found the hat blown into the trees:
We took a nordic ski around the field this afternoon– a post-lunch sticky slip walk. Our skis held the snow well. The glide was less than the kick. We didn’t stay out all that long. Snow has been falling on and off all day so hopefully conditions will improve for tomorrow. The warm conditions made for excellent snow sculpturing possibilities, however. My son and I slapped around the white stuff and made a guardian for our home. Here he or she (undecided) stands:
See yesterday’s post for a pic of the snowman in full regalia.
At the moment, water drips from the eave onto the deck. It almost sounds like it is raining. It is, however, snowing. It has snowed for much of the day. It was coming down thickly when I left for work this morning and it was snowing heavily again when I came home. It comes down now.
The children made a snowman with their mother after I returned from my grueling labors attempting to educate high school students. “It was the easiest snowman I have ever made,” exclaimed my spouse as she returned from the sculpture project. Apparently, the snow was perfect for such activity. The children stayed outside for a while after this. When I went out in my tall black boots, the wet snow covering my bare head, to gather them for our evening meal, they had started on a “snow wall.” This was a series of large snowballs, such as the ones one might use to create a snowman, lined up next to the driveway. Their art knows no bounds.
We may get more snow. March is fickle that way. Two days ago we were out enjoying the warm air, a sweater more than enough. Today we have snow. Since we still have the majority of the month left, I imagine we will get some spring and some winter before April comes around. This could be the last snowman, however. Perfect snow like this doesn’t come around every day, even in March.