Monday, January 9, 2017
It's cold in my corner of the world today. And white. Very white. Snow began falling Friday night and continued through Saturday. I measured six inches of the fluffy stuff. We awoke to single digit temperatures and haven't ascended above freezing in three days. For those of you who live in northern climes, our 21˚ probably sounds like a heat wave. I grew up in Michigan so I'm well acquainted with both snow and cold (sub-zero) temperatures but, let me assure you, after living below the Mason-Dixon line for lo these many years, what we're experiencing in North Carolina today is COLD!
So how do those of us in the South deal with snow, ice, and cold? In very different ways. The three dogs who live next door were ridiculously excited. I couldn't help but laugh with joy as I watched them romping through the snow with huge grins on their canine faces. The children in the neighborhood grabbed whatever they could find - garbage can lids, serving trays, inflated pool toys - and hit the hill behind me for some sledding fun. One of my neighbors made chili. Another curled up for a movie marathon. Another, recently arrived from Ohio, couldn't figure out why everything in town was closed. It was only six inches, after all. ;-)
So how did I handle this sudden change in our weather fortunes? Well, Saturday, I got up at 5:30 AM, went outside and absorbed the stillness and beauty of a winter wonderland. After the sun came up, I went out again with my camera and captured the blanket of white in all its glory. When I was a kid, I'd spend hours outside in the cold and snow. My mom would have to drag us inside when it started to get dark. Times change. When my toes started to go numb (after maybe 30 minutes), I retreated to the warmth of my sofa, a cup of hot tea and a cozy blanket where I spent the rest of the day cuddled up with my Kindle.
By Sunday, I was over the snow and definitely over the cold. I began counting the days until summer. I was too restless to read. I know! Who's too restless to read? So, instead, I began to clean...and I started with books. You all know what happens when I start sorting books. That's right. A giveaway!
So tell me...
What's the weather today in your corner of the world?
How do you spend cold, winter days? Do you read? Cook? Bake? Clean? Knit? Ski? Skate? Have snowball fights?
Are you eager to hit the snow or ice for hours of fun or do you prefer the warmth of a roaring fire?
What book are you reading now? Tell us about it.
I have one box and two packages of books to give away today. Winners will be randomly chosen from comments posted before 11:00 PM (EST), January 10th. (U.S. addresses only)