Sunday, October 21, 2007

The View From Here


There is something magical about waking up in the morning to see that the world has been transformed during the night. In a ritual almost as old as I am, I tuck my sleeping T-shirt into a pair of jeans, pull on my favorite “Live Free or Die” sweatshirt, my hiking boots, a hat and a winter jacket and run outside.

The first time putting on a winter jacket each fall is always a small treat. Left pocket: one nearly full pocket sized package of Kleenex. Right pocket: three fossilized, but unopened pieces of nicotine gum and eleven cents. A decent haul.

The snowfall today is heavy with moisture and the temperature outside is mild. The phone calls haven’t started yet, but they will. How deep is it at your house? I meant to stop at the grocery store last night too and I didn’t! We’re going to lose some tree branches if we don’t go out and knock some of that white stuff off.

The dog embodies the joy of new snowfall. He tears back and forth across the yard and snuffles his muzzle underneath, as if expecting a hidden trove of milk bones.











18 comments:

Sarah Ockler said...

Hi Lisa! I was shocked this morning, especially since it was in the 70s on Friday! I love it though, especially since it's Sunday and I have no good reason to get out of my PJs and slippers today. Enjoy it!

Yogamum said...

Your dog looks so happy. My dog is such a boy-diva that he just minces around in the snow and looks annoyed. Looks like it might be letting up. We got about 3-4 inches.

Lisa said...

Sarah, we're on the same wavelength today. Tomorrow a new 8 week session starts with Jenny, so I'm hanging out in the house and having a writing day. Hooray!

Kristi, now those are the pictures we need to see. "Boy-Diva", I love that. I thought it was over, but it looks like there are still a few flakes coming down.

susan said...

My goodness--keep it there for a bit, will you? Our leaves are just turning in New England and we've had beautiful autumn weather. Lovely photos, though, and that first snow is ever the virgin!

kristen said...

Oh my!!! Our leaves haven't even turned yet and it's supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow. What's up with the weather?

Lisa said...

Susan, no worries -- we're not even going to keep it here for long. According to the forecast, that's all we're supposed to get. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 50 and then back to 67 Tuesday, and up over 70 again Wednesday and Thursday. Just a preview :)

Kristen, you just never know what the weather will do here in the Rockies, although I'm more used to the up and down temps and surprise snowstorms in the spring!

Shauna Roberts said...

I love the first hours after the snowfall when everything sparkles and the pure white surface of the snow is unmarred and icicles hang from the trees and the sound—or lack of it—is like no other time.

That said, I still prefer living somewhere with warm winters. The last two times I saw snow, I was home for funerals. It's added a bittersweet edge to my feelings about snow.

Carleen Brice said...

This is Denver for you, all right! I did go out and brush off trees and the still very-leafy hedge. It was good exercise. Of course, it would have probably melted off anyway now that the sun has been out for hours.

Mardougrrl said...

Whoa...snow! I am so not ready for that LOL. But it looks beautiful and...holy. Untouched. Your doggie also looks thrilled beyond measure. :)

liz fenwick said...

You brought back wonderful memories of me..... :-)

iyan and egusi soup: said...

it's so strange to see snowfall in other parts of the country. we're still averaging upper 80s here in fl. looking forward to much, much colder weather. hope you had a cozy day indoors!

Charles Gramlich said...

Beautiful. I love the pictures. it's been so long since I've seen snow where I live now. And never enough to cover the ground or trees as long as I've lived here, which is since 1986. I miss it at times. Rain is cool enough but doesn't produce quite the same effect.

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh my goodness! Look at all that snow! We might get lucky this year and escape snow in October, but as it's only the 22nd, I'm not holding my breath. We've been getting a lot of rain, though.

LOVE the pics of your dog frolicking - it's the simple joys in life that mean the most!

Bernita said...

Snow? SNOW?
~faints~

Colorado Writer said...

Isn't it lovely? Found you in the blogland and see we have peeps and a state in common.

Patti said...

what in the world?! is it time for snow? we are in the 50's here today, but tomorrow back to short wearing 70's. but snow? snow?!

Ello said...

Hey sometimes the comments eat my comment! I wanted to tell you I was shocked to see snow because we were in the 80s yesterday and 70s today. I would love some cooler weather. Enjoy the snow!

Sustenance Scout said...

Ever a virgin; love it. And the fainting spell too. Too funny!

Also love the photos, Lisa! We returned from Maui the day before the snow, thank you very much...I loved seeing it (and hibernating) but wouldn't have been thrilled to fly back into it. And here we are a week later and it's been beautiful...I'm sure NOTHING like Cabo, though!! K.

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