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Snow and Mrissa: my heart leaps like gazelle to see you together again [Nov. 12th, 2012|07:01 am]
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There is this thing that my brain does, where if I glance outside, my subconscious interprets things as snow when at all possible. "SNOW!" says my subconscious, and my heart leaps, and then no, it's just a funny reflection from the windows, or cottonwood drift, or something. My brain does this in July. I have been known to have this reaction on my birthday. That is how eager my subconscious is for snow. Some people look for the good in everyone. I look for the snow.

This morning there's a tiny thin scattering of snow on the ground. And I am so trained in telling it to stop leaping* that it took me a minute to realize. And then I filled with ridiculous joy all over again, even though the grass is almost all visible, even though the snow will be gone by lunch. (Edit: or maybe not, it's now snowing more!)

I need this. I need it today, I need it this year. We don't always get what we need. But this time, in a tiny way at the very least. Yes. It's a start.

*Yes, happy nerd points for those who get the ongoing reference. I mean, really, when it is not appropriate? Okay, I can think of times. But not many.
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2012-11-12 01:21 pm (UTC)

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We got 3"+ of wet snow last week. Mostly gone now, except in the plow piles. Today's predicted high of near 60 F should finish it off.
[User Picture]From: talimena
2012-11-12 01:34 pm (UTC)

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I'd somehow forgotten how magical it is until I felt flakes on my face last night. I'm glad it snowed for you today.

[User Picture]From: aamcnamara
2012-11-12 01:43 pm (UTC)

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Oh, hooray! (Last week it flurried, and while the snow basically didn't stick at all, it did make small white margins to the paths. Just that made me inexpressibly happy.)
[User Picture]From: p_j_cleary
2012-11-12 02:25 pm (UTC)

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I get no nerd points for knowing your reference, but I love snow with all my heart, as well. My friends and family think I'm insane (snow is something to be shoveled and plowed and complained about), but I do love it.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-11-12 03:36 pm (UTC)

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(Pssst. It's Sneakers. Which is worth seeing if you haven't.)
[User Picture]From: dichroic
2012-11-12 02:47 pm (UTC)

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I confess to being a fair-weather snow-friend, so to speak. I like it when I'm in a place that deals well with it, not so much when in a place that can't cope. So I was fine with spending a winter in Worcester, MA [1], when there was so much snow that the roadsides were piled all winter long, but I don't like it here even though we never get more than an occasional few inches.

[1} Well, "fine" isn't the word; I complained about being there all winter. But not because of the snow.
[User Picture]From: thanate
2012-11-12 03:28 pm (UTC)

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Yay snow!

I hear the east coast is actually going to get some winter this year, which we had about 2-1/2 days of last year and I felt like everyone I talked to was terribly excited that it stayed so "nice" out except for me. I am all in favor of seasons with weather in, except perhaps for summer.
[User Picture]From: wshaffer
2012-11-12 04:30 pm (UTC)

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I miss the way the air smells when it's about to snow.

I'm glad you have snow. I hope it sticks around for a bit.
[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2012-11-12 05:51 pm (UTC)

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I thought I was the only one! I did that once in San Diego, in *April*. Turned out to be sawdust. Which does not pack well. :D
[User Picture]From: buymeaclue
2012-11-12 06:21 pm (UTC)

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Snoooooooooow!

The winter of 2010 was a bit much for even me, but last year was altogether too little. I am hoping we get 3-5 good blizzards this year, preferably on weekends when I can sit home and enjoy while drinking cocoa and taking the dogs out to zoom.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-11-12 07:26 pm (UTC)

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The winter of 2010 was not a bit much for me. The winter of 2010 felt like a good start to me.
[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-11-12 07:02 pm (UTC)

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I woke up pretty late and the light behind the curtains made me hope for a sunny day, only it was bluer somehow -- oh, wow, snow.

It's not shovelable, and I don't like using the ice melter on it, in the same way I don't like ripping up new tender weeds in the spring. Because it is the FIRST. And it is so FRAGILE.

At least it won 't sow seeds all over and end up growing lavishly in the gutters.

P.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-11-12 07:26 pm (UTC)

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It won't? Oh, the disappointment.
[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-11-13 03:21 am (UTC)

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Well, more accurately, it will do so or not independent of whether I shovel it, melt it with chemicals, or leave it alone.

P.
From: sheff_dogs
2012-11-12 07:34 pm (UTC)

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I don't get as much snow here (Stockport near Manchester) as I did when we were really Sheffield dogs or as when we were in Oldham (also near Manchester, but about 500 foot higher). I miss it.

My best memory from when I was little was someone opening the back door and there being a wall of snow higher than me; it shaded from grey at the bottom to white to rainbow snow crystals at the top. I was only two and a half so it won't have been that much snow, but still very unusual in Oxford. My Mother made sure we all saw it before the older boys cleared it away.
[User Picture]From: redbird
2012-11-12 08:18 pm (UTC)

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I wish I could send you all of our snow for the rest of the year, until we get (at least most of) the infrastructure for dealing with it working again.
[User Picture]From: mamapduck
2012-11-12 08:56 pm (UTC)

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I am very glad the snow is there, making you happy.
[User Picture]From: elisem
2012-11-12 09:45 pm (UTC)

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I like snow a little more because it makes you so happy. It is good when there are friend things that make us like stuff more.
[User Picture]From: cissa
2012-11-12 11:42 pm (UTC)

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I'm a winter girl myself, so I get this.
[User Picture]From: blue_hat_guru
2012-11-13 05:51 am (UTC)

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Good luck.
[User Picture]From: papersky
2012-11-13 12:41 pm (UTC)

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We had a few flakes last week, but nothing that settled, so you have snow before us. I'm glad you have snow, and a trifle wistful. But we'll have plenty of snow by and by, so that's all right, and meanwhile I don't need to dig my boots out.

We're solidly out of fall and into she is coming season.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-11-13 12:48 pm (UTC)

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I like birch trees and bears and granite. And I like that poem.

Have you been exposed to the Saami's eight seasons? I find them interesting. I will happily hold forth with people (usually sad disgusted people) about the differences among fall snow, winter snow, and spring snow, but it sounds like the Saami have even more season labels that come with snow.
[User Picture]From: papersky
2012-11-13 12:51 pm (UTC)

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No, but that sounds really interesting.

I say that here we have two seasons, summer and winter, and then there are the transition seasons. Both Spring and Autumn here have several distinct phases.
[User Picture]From: blue_hat_guru
2012-11-14 06:01 am (UTC)

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Eight? Intriguing.