Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, December 27, 2010

After the Snowfall

Steve made some progress shoveling snow this morning before going in to work. The skies were still quite grey, but we didn't get any more snow.
Closer to noon, the skies cleared and the sun came out, making everything sparkling! We got over a foot; the truck bed was nearly full.

I'm so fascinated with the way the snow piled up, although Steve didn't enjoy having to dig out his truck quite so much.

We were very lucky not to lose power with this type of heavy, wet snow.

Snow chairs anyone?

Last year we found out that it was less hectic for everyone if we had the kids over the day after Christmas, which happens to be St. Stephen's Day, a coincidence my husband, Stephen, enjoys. We did it again this year, even though we had blizzard conditions, because our children refused to listen to us or the authorities about staying off the roads. I was worried about them but once they arrived (oddly all at the same time), I was happy. It was a great day of gift giving, game playing, and eating. Many rounds of Apples to Apples and Scattergories were played.

Mere, Ryan, and Stef stayed over, so we'll hang out again today, knitting, playing games, and eating. I made bread to go with the soup Steve made yesterday and the vegetarian chili I made this morning that's simmering in the crock pot. I put fresh rosemary on one of the loaves. Next time, I'm mixing some in the dough itself.

Right now, Mere is winding some of her Christmas yarn, and Stef and I are both knitting ourselves new hats. She's making the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, using the skein of Osprey yarn from Quince & Co. that she found in her stocking, (I'm a good stepmother!) and I'm making Cranberry Sauce using a skein of Shelter in blue (Almanac) that I bought at Purl in October, but saved as a Christmas gift to myself.
We're also planning to take a walk down to the beach in a bit. I'll post more snow photos after the walk. Hopefully I'll burn a few of the thousand or so extra calories I've eaten this past week. Loving the sweat pants a little too much!


  1. We do the same thing the day after Christmas. With families having in-laws, we have to share. It takes three days for some of them to make their rounds.
    Your snow is pretty but I'm glad it's in your neighborhood and not mine.

  2. It looks like Wisconsin out there! Sounds like a perfect holiday. We love Scattergories at our house, too!

  3. I second Stephanie's sentiment regarding the snow. We've barely had any this year, knock wood, and winter is halfway over. Definitely, better you than me, though I'm sure I'm better equipped to bail myself out. Still, can you think of a better reason to stay in and knit?

    Love the cranberry sauce hat. I must make one for myself! In cranberry.