Today was a snow day, so I went out in the snow. The girls and I met Jason Gendron at Cape Neddick Light. The precipitation was coming down very hard and was a wintry mix of snow and rain. Horrible stuff. Turning to face the lighthouse was nearly impossible without getting the lens all wet.
This is our second Maine winter, and they’re so much better than Kansas winters. Kansas is windy, and the winters are colder with a lot more ice. We didn’t get decent snowfalls in Kansas either. I honestly don’t know why anyone complains about Maine winters. They’re very efficient about plowing the roads here. You see snowplows out on the roads even before the snow starts falling. Many people have plows mounted on the front of their own trucks.
We just had our first really good heavy snowfall. I love the snow. Everything looks so beautiful covered in a fresh white blanket. I also like how peaceful and quiet it is outside, as the soft snow absorbs the sounds.
I LOVE winter. In winter the air is crisp and the driving fun. One reason I love winter is because I love snow. It’s great. It’s cold and beautiful.
I grew up in Alaska so these Maine winters don’t really bother me. As I said, I actually like them which makes most other Mainers scratch their heads and give me quizzical looks. Kirsten and I agree that the winters here are far more agreeable than those we experienced in Kansas.
I think it’s important to have balance in our lives. Winter balances summer nicely. People in Maine are adventurous and active partly because most activities are seasonal. The anticipation heightens the experience.
I like snow because I can make a snowman.
The way to make a snowman is to take one big chunk of ice and put it somewhere on the ground wherever you want the snowman. Then if you want to make it a little smooth, take a bucket and put snow in it and bring it by the snowman. If people are with you, you can all put snow on it. If you want to make the snowman bigger and bigger, you get more and do the same thing with it.
When you’re done you can get a carrot for the nose, two raisins for the eyes, and you can get one long piece of licorice for the mouth. If you want some arms, you get two sticks. If you want the snowman to have a hat, you can get a bucket and put it on the snowman’s head or you can use your own hat for the snowman. If you want it to look like it snowed on the snowman, you can take snow and sprinkle it on its hat. If you don’t want anybody to make the snowman tinier or mess it up, you can get a bunch of chunks of ice and put them around the snowman.
I don’t like snow because it’s cold. If snow weren’t cold I would like it and play in it more.
Sometimes I go out because I can trust that I can ignore the cold. I go in when I’m too tired or if I can’t ignore the cold anymore.
I think snow is beautiful.
I can’t make snow forts because the snow is too soft. In Kansas, where we used to live, the snow was hard and we made a humongous snow fort. It was fun.
When I grow older I’ll probably get used to it. I never make snow angels or snow balls. That means I never have snow ball fights.
Snow is good.
Snow is great.
Snow is like the best playmate.
You can make snowballs and have snow fights,
while flying kites.
Make snow angels;
make snow forts.
You could also make snowmen that ride go-carts.
If you’re really sneaky you could…
crush some ice on someones head.
Turnout for the meetup was excellent. I met some really great people and reconnected with old friends. Some people took pictures but I mostly talked, which is fine with me. The weather was perfect for the occasion. The snow flakes were large and coming down quite steadily. The girls had fun playing in the snow and throwing snowballs at me.