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Now We No Longer Have to be Dreaming


Cone flower seed head in snow.

Cone flower seed head in snow.

Our White Christmas in most of Iowa is assured. Last night and today, we were smacked by an old fashioned Midwest blizzard. More photos of the result from a Facebook gallery.

My daughter lives in England, where, apparently, the word “blizzard” merely means a storm in which snow accumulates. Here in the midst of the giant flat plain of North America, where the little ripples in the land don’t pose much of a barrier to an Alberta clipper as it sweeps 1,000 miles across a basically flat surface, a blizzard is something else, something powerful and primeval.

Rose leaves in snow in my back garden.

Rose leaves in snow in my back garden.

It’s been months since the last snowstorm of the last winter. We had a hot, dry summer followed by a warm, dry fall. So we can’t complain too much about inches of heavy, wet snow, for any H2O from the sky in any form is a blessing.

But, what a way to introduce the winter of 2013! Sustained winds of 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph. Sticky, wet, heavy snow, plenty of it—and if it didn’t quite add up to a foot in Cedar Rapids, it was plenty heavy enough in the shoveling, let me tell you. We even had thunder booming as the snow fell Wednesday night, although I wasn’t up late enough to hear it. (My son was, and I saw numerous reports of it on Facebook).

Well. Mount Mercy’s campus was closed today, as travel in Iowa was too hazardous. That’s OK, I have a mountain to grade and brought most if it with me. I’m done with two classes, two more to go. I’ll finish tomorrow, and maybe be lucky enough to enjoy some of the cold winter sunshine when I’m done.

The first snow was pretty, but also pretty impressive. I don’t want too many more blizzards, although I won’t mind if the snowpack proves persistent and grows in depth.

Any H2O that falls from the sky in this drought-ravaged land it a blessing. Merry Christmas.

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No Need For Dreaming


The white Christmas is here with a vengeance. More than 8 inches of snow have blanketed our neighborhood, making travel this Christmas Eve a bit dicey, but pretty for those of us who stayed home.

Inspired me, for no particular reason, so make this brief bird video as snow fell Christmas Eve morning:

I also shot a few photos of birds coping with the white stuff. The planters appear largely empty, but I did give them a full load of birdseed later, after shooting the movie and the photos.

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Finally, I’m more religious than this Australian singer, but still the song below is a powerful one about family, and seems a nice sunny counterpoint to the Iowa white Christmas.  It made me think of a granddaughter and daughter in the UK and a son in Seattle and another daugther in Omaha–we’re away for the day, but always here, and we’ll be thinking of you.

Hope you enjoy and can sip white wine with your family, whether you are in the sun or in the snow. Merry Christmas.

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