The squirrel is from a page in my journal, illustrated by Marjolein Bastin. The pretty snow scene is a Christmas card.
February 1st, 2021
Ah, SNOW! Now that I am older and retired, it holds the same excitement it had when I was a child. During my working years, my best friend and I would consult after a forecast for snow and put our Jammies on inside out, go to bed and pray for a snow day!! ( We were teachers and a snow day was a delicious luxury—-a free day!) Now, during the pandemic, it still feels special. It gives me a new perspective:We’re not staying in because we’re maintaining social distance…we can’t go out to the store because it’s snowing!
Before the snow, it was brutally cold. So I kept myself busy one day cleaning out my pantry and hall closet, basically reorganizing. That’s how I knew I had three cardboard canisters of oatmeal! So what do you do on a snow day? Bake a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies! Yum! I also made pea soup. Perfect!
Some of you I know are watching grandchildren. Others are still raising your little ones. I have two snowy day suggestions:
The Snowy Day, a Caldecott winner, by Ezra Jack Keats…simple story for youngsters, with bold, colorful poster-like art. You may recognize it from a popular stamp a few years ago. The other is a movie from 1982. It’s available from Amazon as a DVD. It tells the story of a boy and a snowman. No words…just delightful music and pictures drawn with colored pencils. I have watched it MANY times and it never loses its charm. It’s called The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs.
And now one last timely quote from Khalil Gibran:
Kindness is like snow.
It beautifies everything it covers.
That’s all for me today. Stay warm and safe. Ciao for now! Patty ✌️🐥❄️☃️❄️