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January 24, 2013

snow, cold, and rehab
posted by soe 1:42 pm

It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon here in D.C. Time for three beautiful things from my past week:

1. It snowed last night! Enough to stick and make everything look fresh and pretty this morning, but not so much that it was onerous to trek through. A good dumping snowstorm with enough snow to romp in would be great, but I’ll take this for now.

2. The last few days have been below freezing, and I’ve enjoyed that. It’s been nice to get to wear turtlenecks and woolly accessories and sweaters and to snuggle under warm blankets and to turn up the radiator. It’s been cold enough to make your eyes water if you’re out in it for any amount of time, but not so cold that your eyelashes freeze, which is this New England girl’s definition of uncomfortably chilly. I am mindful, living in a city as I do, that I am lucky to have a place to retreat to when the temperatures plummet, and I am grateful for that abundance.

3. Gramma is en route to a rehab facility in the town she and my folks live in. Since my mom, trooper that she is, has spent most of the past two weeks living in a Boston hotel, I’m delighted to hear she’ll be able to be home again. And a week or so in rehab will help Gramma gain the final strength necessary to come back home, which will make all of us happy.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

Category: three beautiful things. There is/are 6 Comments.

GRAH frozen eyelashes. And eyeballs. And the insides of your nose. People don’t understand how cold it gets in New England. I grew up in upstate New York less than an hour from the MA border, and then went to school just over the border in a valley in the Berkshires, so I know from cold. When I started telling people in New York City last year that I was moving to Buffalo, they’d ask how I would stand the cold. But we’ve had our cold snap here the last few days, and I haven’t seen it get below zero once! Bah! Where I come from, we’d have COLD days rather than SNOW days, because if kids waited outside for the bus they would DIE. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but fingers would be lost, for sure.

Man, winter makes me turn into an old crank! *Shakes fist* Kids these days! I walked uphill in the snow BOTH WAYS when I was in college (yeah, I really did.) And if you couldn’t get across campus in ten minutes…FROSTBITE!

Comment by Jessica Silverstein 01.24.13 @ 3:51 pm

Thanks so much for asking & reminding your followers that the glass is, indeed, half full (at least). Beautiful things in my world this week include but aren’t limited to: 1) my beautiful wife, Ellen, who always makes me laugh & gives me reason to be grateful, 2) the wondrous hooligans & hooliganettes in my 7th grade classes who are a constant source of wonder, & 3) since my wife’s foster puppies have all found homes, the garage is blessedly ours again!

Comment by CS Perryess 01.24.13 @ 10:52 pm


Yay for Gramma!! And for your mom – I am sure she’s happy to be home.

Comment by Jenn 01.25.13 @ 10:32 am

We have recently had some days where the high was 0!

Comment by Nan 01.25.13 @ 1:58 pm

After hearing about how cold it is everywhere, I’m so happy to be in Southern California. We’ve been getting some rain, but since it’s so rare, I’m enjoying it. I had a nice lazy morning reading a book:-)

Comment by Joanne M. 01.27.13 @ 7:25 pm

what a lovely discipline, coming up with three beautiful things. Though I suppose it’s NOTICING three beautiful things amid all the beautiful things and sometimes chaos around us. Thanks for sharing, and thanks as well for being part of the 2013 comment challenge!

Comment by Lee Wind 01.31.13 @ 5:55 pm