We’ve had a crazy mild winter this year- 40s and 50s, and more often sunny than not. It almost felt like we forgot to have winter.
Well. We remembered.
And decided to have an entire season’s-worth of winter all in one weekend.It started snowing Friday around lunchtime, and kept on going all through the night, until we ended up with knee-deep (or at least calf-deep) snow blanketing the city. We hit 9 inches on our back deck on Saturday morning!I know that as a transplant from the Midwest I’m supposed to go on and on about how “back in my day we’d drive in three feet of snow, uphill both ways, with our eyes closed, just for fun.” But, I gotta say, I kind of love the Seattle way of dealing with snow. Here, we don’t tough it out, we don’t fight it, we don’t shovel or salt or plow. We just stock up on food when there’s snow in the forecast, call out from work and hunker down. This morning, I’m fully embracing my inner Seattleite and enjoying the snow through the window, cozy with my knitting and a cup of tea. Maybe we’ll go outside and make a snowman later, or maybe we’ll just stay inside until the snow melts. Is there snow where you are? What do you do when the snow hits?
It’s a Snow Day!
There’s three inches of snow on the ground, the roads are slushy, buses are on limited routes (my husband’s bus has been totally canceled, so he’s staying home too!) and school has been canceled!
It’s a real, honest-to-goodness snow day.Seattle really does snow the best way, It’s here for a day or two, everyone has fun, takes walks, builds snowmen, then it all melts and we go back to normal. None of this Midwestern snow-that-sticks-around-gray-and-frozen-until-mid-March nonsense.
I know all this Seattle snow is probably one of the signs of the apocalypse, but today I’m enjoying it. I already took the dog on a walk, I’ve got a hot cup of coffee and I’m thinking about breaking out a movie and some knitting (surprise!). Ollie loves the snow, but doesn’t love how his fur creates little snowballs all around his feet. I love that though, it looks like he has little pompoms in his fur. Adorable!I’ve got some socks I’m probably going to go work on after this, but if I had planned for more snow-day-appropriate knitting projects, I might have picked one of these:
I love the little frolicking deer in this snowy forest! It reminds me of cross-country skiing in West Virginia as a kid.
Snow Roe Deer Beanie by Sandra JagerThis snowflake shawl is almost too pretty for words (but I bet it would take quite a few snow days to complete.
Snow Queen Shawl by Janine Le CrasAnd, nothing says “Scandinavian snow day” quite like red-and-white color work mittens. I think I might need these.
Snow Ghost Mittens by Aimee AlexanderHow’s the weather by you? Have you had any snow days this winter?
It’s a snow day!
Which doesn’t really mean much in Seattle, except that everyone gets really excited about the three snowflakes that land in the greater King County area. It’s not sticking, the roads are all clear, and I sill have to go to work this afternoon (unless the weather takes a rather dramatic turn later). I couldn’t even get a good picture of the snow, it’s so light. But I’m still going to enjoy it.
It’s been so long since we had any real snow around here. I had a real snow day four or so years ago, when I still had an office job. They closed down the whole campus and made us go “work from home” for two days. We barely had to do any work, and we still got paid. It was great! There was actually a few inches’ on the ground that time. Since then, we’ve had sprinkles of snow here and there, just like today. A little pretty snow in the air, but no accumulation.
But, today, for my snow day, I’m going to enjoy it. I’ve got Christmas carols playing, and my tree is all lit up. I had hot cocoa with my breakfast, and I have the first batch of Christmas cookies in the oven (meringues, so they’ll be a disaster in this weather, but I’m trying anyway!). Ollie’s got the right idea, he’s been napping by the window all morning.I think I’m going to take the rest of the morning to work on my one remaining (unending) Christmas knitting project (I’ve only got a week or so left before I need to get gifts in the mail!), and watch a movie. That seems like a good thing to do on a snow day.
What’s your go-to snow day activity? What’s your go-to snow day movie?