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 ✌️?❄️☃️❄️


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2 thoughts on “A Snowy Day

  1. I love that book and snow…it does beautify, but it’s too cold for me these days. Pictures wre great! Lol..
    I saw a squirrel on my new street and it made me feel so happy!! Seemed forever since I’d seen one hopping by. I have birds here and some butterflies too, but mostly doves. I miss my songbirds. Thinking about a feeder…hmmmm.
    Maybe I’ll go make some oatmeal cookies..? yum.

  2. Snowy days! Love them now that I’m retired. Remember my car getting buried in Brooklyn and struggling to dig out hoping for “kids” to come help!
    I can sit back, smile and watch the birds feeding from my feeders. No where to go. How nice. Now to my paintings…… of old doors from Italy and Greece . ?‍?

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