Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Let It Snow!!

Today, in Northeast Ohio, the temperatures are hovering in the mid-thirties and the clouds are heavy and light grey.  Not quite pink.  Pink? Um, yes.  If you live where it snows, you know what pink clouds mean.  The frozen sky will sometimes appear slightly pink, like pale-colored coral.  This, people, means SNOW!  There's a fancy scientific explanation for pink/light red clouds.  Something about the result of light traveling from the sun through the atmosphere and reflecting on to the fresh snow.  The more dust particles in the air, the deeper the color, especially at sunset or sunrise.  But that's just science.  I like to think of the rosy cast of a winter sky as MAGIC.  It's one of the reasons I'm happy when it snows.  Who doesn't love a magical day?  The other reason I love snow, is because I grew up on the west coast where snowstorms were carefully staged and kept in the mountains where they belonged (according to some folks).  Especially in Southern California.  We would 'visit' the snow a couple hours away, then return to our sunny, snow-free neighborhood in Orange County.  Up in Northern California, dustings of snow would sometimes blanket the lower altitudes, and even further north in the Pacific Northwest, they counted on some snowy days, even along the Puget Sound.  I was born in Oregon, and lived a short time as a kid in Washington and Northern California, but grew up mostly in Southern California, where the only time it snowed in Irvine was when I was in the 7th grade.  Needless to say, as the snowflakes fell, they melted immediately upon impact.  Growing up near the beach, snow was something that usually happened in the mountains only.  I stayed in Orange County (behind the Orange Curtain) until my early twenties.  I lived again in Northern California, during my mid-thirties.  And back in Southern California in my early forties.  In between, I lived all over the country with my husband and family, in places like upstate New York and New England, Wisconsin, down in Atlanta, even out in Seattle and now, we (me and hubby) live in Ohio after returning from an expat assignment in Belgium.  And yes, if we're counting, I'm in my fifties.  Each of those places got a fair share of snow.  And even after living through several winters with record snowfall, I still love the stuff, and just like when I was a kid, it's still a treat.  I like to build snowmen, shovel any chance I get, and I LOVE walking in the snow.  I'm hoping to try snowshoes this year.  They resemble small tennis rackets, you attach to your boots.  Snow falling outside my window, wasn't something I had as a child, so I absolutely cherish the first snowfall of the season.  Believe it or not, I enjoy the colder weather, unless, of course, winter decides to hang around through spring -- then like most people, I get a little irritated.  But if that happens, I try to escape somewhere warm until nature comes to its senses (luckily, I have two kids living in Arizona and California).  So, in this neck of the woods, where Ohio touches eastern Pennsylvania, as well as, New York and Michigan is just over yonder, I'm one of those 'happy' winter people, which to some winter-haters, might be annoying.  I don't care.  I just keep smiling through winter and get excited with each storm moving in from the Great Lakes.  Snow is an amazing part of nature.  And if the leaves are going to fall from the trees, and everything goes dormant, shouldn't we get something for it?  Like snow?  Otherwise, it just feels bleak.  Believe me, bare trees and half-dead shrubs look much better flocked with snow.  So, I appreciate Mother Nature sprinkling (and even sometimes, dumping) fluffy, fresh snow across the empty fields and wooded pathways, that otherwise, would appear quite dreary this time of year.  I Say --  Let it Snow!  When the clouds turn hazy pink, I'll be ready.  And maybe this year, there will be enough snow for an entire front yard of upside down snowmen.  My Life On The Lane is a bit chilly today, but with winter on the way, I'm feeling hopeful and bright and even a little merry.

Antwerp, Belgium
Snow Along Schelde River
Ridgefield, CT
Belgium/Germany Border

Chagrin Falls, OH
First Snow Last Year
Chagrin Falls, OH
Pennsylvania Border
Ridgefield, CT
Chagrin Falls, OH
Autumn Still Showing 

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