Photo: Two little boys, fragile decorative items made out of glass, a giant tree with prickly needles and two parents who are perpetually exhausted. Whatever could go wrong with that combination? Nothing this time, but Lord if it didn’t take all of our energy to prevent little boys from knocking that tree over and breaking everything! How many times do we have to say, “no, you can’t crawl under the tree! That’s not what it’s for!” before they listen?
The first measurable snow storm of the season always makes me question all of my life choices. Of all the paths and all the ways to live this life, why did I choose the one that would lead me to Massachusetts and these long, miserable winters? This will be my tenth Massachusetts winter. Why? How? Who subjects themselves to this voluntarily!?
I spent my night tossing and turning, knowing that today’s snow would hit right during the morning commute. I was worried about The Husband and his little car, but I was mostly worried about myself. There is nothing worse than having to drive in the snow, especially because they don’t plow properly ’round here! But we had to get out of the house this morning because Major had an eye appointment that he could not miss and with Minor having so few school days left before winter break, I’m trying to squeeze out every second of school time that I can get (or, I should say, that I’m paying for!). I was committed to getting everyone out of the house and to where they needed to be, weather be damned.
but… as with every first snow, the roads aren’t ready for snow and ice. There is none of that good brine on the streets to instantly dry up everything. And it’s a myth that they plow around here. They just figure you’ve got all-wheel drive and you are just gonna make it.
“Hey babe, we’ve got all-wheel drive now,” my husband reminded me last night.
Yeah… Well…how do I know if it’s on?
“It’s always on. It’s how the car is built.”
“But there is a light. An all-wheel drive light. It’s not on all the time. Does that mean all-wheel drive isn’t on all the time?”
“You really should have read the manual.”
So. Here we go. Me, two babies, snow flying, country roads to navigate…
well, we obviously lived, else I wouldn’t be writing this post! Furthermore, the Sienna was freaking awesome. No spins, didn’t slip, never felt out of control! The boys were comfortable, even thrilled, andI relaxed enough to drink my coffee and sing along with the Charlie Brown jazz. It was fine. All of that fuss in the spring about all-wheel drive or a newer model? Wow, I really am so glad we held out for the all-wheel drive!
My husband reminded me that tomorrow will be a different commute because everything is going to be iced over. “None of this is designed for ice, so you have to be extra diligent,” he scolded. Ok, fine. I’ll pack my patience tomorrow.
The bottom line is, thank God for the Blackmobile. I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s going to really ease my suffering during the Miserable Season.
You know what they have around here? Heated driveways. Yes, that’s a thing. I mean really, how hard would it be to do that to all of the roads everywhere? Surely that wouldn’t be extraordinarily expensive, right?
Ok, fine! I’ll stop whining. Look at this:
I got out with my camera yesterday and thought I’d try to get the moon with my telephoto lens. I’m pleased with the result! I was told today that a tripod and a shutter remote will improve night shots significantly. Good thing my bundle came with those things! Next time the moon is a perfect crescent (weather permitting), I’ll put those suggestions to work and share the result.
Since there is snow on the ground, I’m officially on Fox Watch. I’ll head outside to look for prints tomorrow. She usually heads under the barn after the first snow, so I think we’ll get lucky. With this camera and my telephoto lens, I should be able to get a picture of her this winter. I just can’t wait!
Oh! A quick blog update: migration from the wordpress.com servers to my new hosting service is complete and I have found a way to get back the “like” button at the end of posts, the share buttons that ya’ll are used to, and the blog should look normal when you read it on your phone now. Sorry for the growing pains! I don’t intend to make any other major changes for the rest of the month, though a widget or two might move around. I hope you’ll stick with me for the big changes and the small to come.
It’s Monday night, the moon is high, the air is cold and the farmhouse is filled with the clinking and clattering of the radiators. There are some good things about these winter months–I love the hiss of the radiators, the pop and clangs that they make, and the slow radiation of sweet-smelling warmth that they spread through the house. Find something small to appreciate this week, Dear Reader. Hold on to it as we go through another busy week! Know that I’m working hard alongside you! Share what you’re up to!
We’re gonna make it through the week. Until Wednesday, take care.