Thursday, February 1, 2018
snow snow snow snow!
See that area north of Auburn, south of Oswego? That's where we live, right in the path of the snow machine aka Lake Ontario. Lake Erie is mostly frozen now, so western New York doesn't get as much snow now, but Ontario rarely freezes over. The cold Arctic air moves down, over the lake, and dumps it. The snow moves down in bands, sometimes one town will get pounded and across the way, nothing. You can drive to Syracuse, and it'll be sunny there, or maybe a snow band hovers over Auburn and it's fine at home. But mostly, we get snow. Not as much as Oswego, where Margaret and Adrian live, but we still get snow.
It's pretty, the snow. It paints the world white and sparkly, and covers a multitude of sins, even the trashiest places look heavenly on a winter's evening with the lights glowing in the windows. I love how the snow muffles sound, there's nothing like that special quietness of outside on a snowy day.
But...when we have places to go, and things to do, it's treacherous. I do not like driving in it. I don't like when the wind blows the extra snow into the road. I don't like when it's snowing so hard you can't see where you're going. And I don't like walking on icy surfaces.
I talked to my son Aaron yesterday. He and Riley are moving from California to Oregon, so that Riley can start med school. Aaron is working at Stanford now, as an R.N., but will be taking a new job, in Oregon, and will be going back to school to be a nurse anesthetist. So no more trips to Cali for me, I will have to visit them in Oregon now, ha.
Lydia is coming over this afternoon, Mali has an appointment. Lydia is something else. She's two and a half now, and she knows everything. She can count and knows her letters and colors and she is just so animated and hilarious. She is so much like her mama it's like going back in time.
Our trip to Florida is coming up soon. I'm looking forward to feeling the sun warm my skin, and to sitting up late talking to Grandma. And sand between the toes at the beach stop on the way there, and yes, the sunshine...the long drive, I could do without, but Evelyn is sharing the driving, and she's excellent.