Thursday, February 11, 2010

Enough is Enough



The sun is shining this morning. I feel like Noah when the dove came back to the ark with an olive branch in its beak. So it really isn't going to snow forever! Miraculous. Hallelujah!!

In a little while I will put on my LL Bean lined jeans, pull wool socks up to my knees, get into my ugly waterproof shoes and go take a walk in the aqua dazzle. I need light and air, I need to connect with the frozen dessert of a landscape that is Washington DC. I've got cabin fever, people, I do!

We had a nice peaceful blizzard day yesterday. Not by plan but simply because it worked out that way, each member of the household settled into a place in the house away from each other. We read, cooked (one at a time), turned wood on the lathe, read blogs, that sort of thing. During the afternoon we each enjoyed just one perfect screwdriver, shaken in the cocktail shaker with fresh orange juice. It was not a big par-tay day. Instead, it was a peaceful day of retreat.

I think we surrendered to the storm, each of us in our own way understanding that any other strategy was futile. But today the sun is shining. GET ME OUTTA HERE!!

19 comments:

Barbara said...

There's not much I can walk to from where I live, but just getting outside and seeing the sun should be good medicine indeed for the cabin fever we are all experiencing here in the DC metro area, with almost as much snow as Buffalo this year!

Reya Mellicker said...

With the weather gods, it's all or nothing. Sheesh.

ellen abbott said...

I'm ready for the sun. It's another cold wet gray day here.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ditto, Ellen. What a winter!

Mrsupole said...

So happy the sun is shinning for you. They said on the news that many new snowfall records were set and there is still more to come, most by ten feet or more. I can only say that I feel for you. But I do not know what it is to go through this.

Anyway now that I am learning how to Haiku, I wrote a whole bunch for this weeks TT and I do hope you will come check them out and let me know what you think.

Please, please I need input on how
I am doing. Anyone else who feels like giving me input it would also be greatly appreciated. It is almost like learning how to drive, and haiku has rules one should follow. I did list them to help anyone who might not know. Plus I hope you will enjoy them and they brighten up your day a little bit.

Stay safe and warm on your foray out into the snow mountains.

God bless.

Elizabeth said...

Well, you certainly have a lot of snow! (dumb comment by me.) DUH!
So glad you could get out today, at last!

Sun skining here too but no one bothering to shovel the cross walks so my beloved Uggs got uglified.
Am about to take the young pup out and about .

spottedwolf said...

Aw quit whining....you're getting something which we get on a constant.

Seriously.....take care Reya. It could get real scary if the power stays out and heating becomes an impossibility. It would be a good idea to source out alternate shelter just in case. We heat our old shack on wood so we've always got a way to cook. When you haven't the simple things that nature gives you are reliant on the grid. Be warm and think warm.

Tom said...

i don't mind the winter or snow very much, as long as we get some sun on the side. And a baked potato.

i'm off for a Toby walk in the park shortly...he's got some major cabin fever.

Ronda Laveen said...

Oh, "aqua dazzle"...I want some of that! It sounds so mesmerizing and surreal. Which, I'm sure, is how your snow dump feels.

Actually, now that I think about it, Aqua Dazzle would make a stupendous name for a drink. Maybe made with one of those exotic blue liquors...it could make the world SO BEAUTIFUL!

Chris Wolf said...

Remember those last two years, when you'd post how you'd really like snow, real winter? I was sitting in Minnesota saying to myself, "she has no idea what she's saying". I'm so sorry you got a taste of it...

Susan said...

be sure to wear the shades, Reya.
Remember that glare? Nothing else like it.

Bee said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed catching up with this week of SNOW posts, Reya. There is definitely an emotional pattern to heavy snowfall: first giddy delight, which gradually erodes into frustration and cabin fever! May I just say that I've never noticed so many references to alcoholic beverages? :)

I wouldn't mind a heavy snow just to catch up on all of my blogs, though. I've been off-blog for a week and it feels rather overwhelming.

We are flying to Buffalo on Saturday to go skiing with some friends. I noticed that Buffalo was in your heavy-snow-city roll call . . . but can they beat D.C.?
How long did it take to build that igloo?

Reya Mellicker said...

I definitely wore my shades, and just for the record, if I lived in a place that had snow, I would be happy as a clam. DC is a southern city. We don't have the infrastructure or mental framework to deal with big snow.

I lived for two years at Lake Tahoe where the average snowfall is 18' a year. LOVED it!

Snow here is such a different story.

Our power never went out. My neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is an area where the powerlines are underground so we rarely ever lose power. We are lucky.

Steve said...

I completely understand! I'm with you! Digging out and going to the gym this morning was essential!

steven said...

having the wherewithall and mental space to cope with weather is such a big piece of it. last year was like your current year for us. it took it right out of us mentally and physically. it passed the point of fun and became pure survival. work even. this year is the exact opposite - almost no snow and so people are going crazy trying to figure out what to do. you get what you get. you roll with it. you leave it behind. steven

Nancy said...

Wow, what incredible storms! We've been watching the news and feeling for everyone. The day with everyone going their own way sounds a little how my husband and I do it. He works downstairs and I work upstairs, meeting in the middle when it's time to cook dinner. It works for us.

Hope you had a nice walk and are feeling refreshed. It will all be gone before you know it.

C.M. Jackson said...

reya-you said it!! Enough already--given where you live you have earned the right to say so---DC has enough snow to count for two winters! Here in northern NJ we didn't get any of the first storm--nada, not even a drop of rain or ice or a flake of snow. Strange given we are such alittle state and the lower half received just about as much as you did. Yesterday however was different--nothing like a few inches of snow to make one yearn for warmer weather--hope to see some more of your sunny shots! stay warm --C

Delwyn said...

Hi Reya

I liked your frozen dessert of a landscape - it is like a giant cream covered pavlova...

Happy days

janis said...

Wow! Again...great photos!