These words are music to schoolchildrens' ear and mine too. I always get excited by big snowstorms, and have learned over the years to have good 'snow driving' skills so am less daunted by being caught away from home as well. Yesterday dawned like any other workday in winter, grey and gloomy, but rapidly turned different. For one thing, the storm that was expected to start around 2 in the afternoon was already giving hints of its true nature as I left for work around 7:30 AM... a very light, fine snow was beginning to fall. I still expected a normal sort of day, as snow falls during about half of the storms where I live, but I quickly drop below the snow line heading to work. Therefore, I was amazed to look out the windows of our childcare center around 8:30 AM and discover that close to an inch of snow had already fallen... snow is very uncommon there!
Shortly after breakfast, our preschool had received word from their supervisor (a different branch of our common parent organization) that roads were getting very bad elsewhere in the county and schools were closing and calling families to get children safely home before conditions worsened. They surely did over the course of the day, with vehicle mishaps, serious accidents, road closures and plenty of adventure stories being retold throughout the day.
I decided to stay at work, catching up on paperwork and letting everyone else make it home and off the roads. DD made it safely home from work but urged me to cancel my plans to attend my weekly night class 50 miles from home, as even though there was no snow at that location, at least 3/4ths of my journey would be over roads now deemed perilous... she was right! Youngest son, who shares a house with her, works for a large California recycling company now instead of driving a beer truck as he did last year, and all their trucks were called back in, incapable of safely navigating the snow-clogged back streets.... the region simply doesn't have the snowplowing equipment such a surprisingly heavy and low-reaching storm requires. He had further adventures helping friends get unstuck or safely home the rest of the afternoon.
My personal commute home was much slower, but safely navigated thanks to four wheel drive and studded snow tires... others were parked along the roads, chaining up or not so fortunate... this was the scene awaiting me in the garden....
a grey winter wonderland, as it started to snow even faster! We ended up with a total of 10-12 inches of new snow, and a calm, wintry wonderland in the morning, following light flurries over the course of the night. Our staff had already jointly decided that our site would be closed because of the road problems for today, giving the plows a chance to catch up, and by the time I headed out in midday after working at home this morning, the roads were lovely.
Even better was seeing children out with sleds and snowboards, giving those newly-whitened hillsides a try!
One would think I would have lots of knitting news to report after such a storm, but it turns out that missing both of my two night classes because of snow cuts into my available knitting time this week rather than enhancing it. I have a pile of two lacy blobs waiting to be blocked, am contemplating a new sock and swatching a new project... nothing worth taking photos of, even! It has been nice to be at a knitting crossroads this week, contemplating my stash can be a lot like the proverbial contemplating a navel... entertaining, enlightening and full of choices.
There is a lot of potential there, and it's hard to pick a new direction right this minute (maybe I need to wait for a different phase of the moon, LOL). I pulled poor DH's vest (from Felted Knits) out of hibernation and it will get time at Knit Night regularly, but reminds me that a plain stockinette can sometimes get tiresome before the end is in sight... especially when it is large enough to get felted upon completion. I want to get a few more leaves done for the Tikkun Tree Project too; if you haven't read about this venture, go and take a look! Also, go on by and wish Carole a belated Happy Blogaversary and enter her contest to win a batch of brownies, after all, chocolate is GOOD for you!