American Elephants

Some Days Are Completely About the Weather! by The Elephant's Child
November 30, 2022, 2:17 pm
Filed under: Politics

It apparently hailed significantly last night. Lots of scattered whiteness, neighbors’ roofs in particular, but not white covered, as it would be if it had snowed. The skylight in the kitchen is completely covered. It seems to be doing something outside, probably closer to rain than snow. Not nice weather! I live on an East-facing hill, the streets off the hill are either East or West slopes. Looks like we’re stuck at home today. No urgent requirements, but I’ll be really glad to get back to normal weather, and the ability to go wherever we please, when we please. There is some precipitation coming down, but not significant enough to tell whether is should be classified as rain or snow. It’s just a staying at home day.

I know, I know, I have no real need to complain when so many people are having a difficult time with the winter weather. We do get spoiled, don’t we. There seems to be a significant snowfall dropping from the sky at present. Well-stocked pantry, though we might get sick of tuna fish! There was a time, long ago, when if it started snowing, that meant good sled runs, snowmen, Some years we even got very fancy with the snowmen, trying to make them into famous characters. Our George Washington may not have had a distinctive resemblance to his portraits, but it was fun to try.

The railroad ran by at the base of the hill, and the section-hands had the job of keeping the crossings de-iced and snow free, which messed up the sled tun, so that was a constant, unspoken battle. They could have just asked us to keep the crossing clear, but they never did. The front hill was a dandy sled run in itself, but we often extended it with banks to reach the next little slope. I had sledding parties all winter, we’d sled for a while, then go swimming (hot springs pool) and have lunch, and probably sled some more. I do miss that. I had a magical childhood, I admit.

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