It’s not like we can write about anything else today. At least, not those of us who live in the 3-foot zone. But it does help to remember a few things:
1. This is one of the few winters where a storm like this wouldn’t make it impossible to see out our driveway. Some years, it’s been like a cavern, with snow banks eight feet high on either side. This, all things considered, is not all that severe.
2. We haven’t lost power! Hurrah! Celebrations! Naturally, I kept expecting us to, so we had the woodstove on all night (including a 2:30 am run to reboot). And then we had to do some emergency baking — Mimi’s German Apple Cake, from Rustic Fruit Desserts (the best such cookbook I’ve found). These are not awful things.
3. Kind neighbors are glorious: one such just snowblowed (snowblew?) out the worst of our four- and five-foot drifts. I heap blessings upon him and his family.
4. There were brownies. From the day before. All chewy. And Len was too sick to really compete for them (yes, I will make this up to him, but for Nemo, well, it was what it was).
5. The beauty of all this snow is astonishing, and if you catch me at the right moment, I am even capable of seeing that. Witness.
6. And we are, after all, heading inexorably toward spring. See?