A Dishful of Snow

February 18—Today is Yoko Ono’s Birthday–

Happy birthday, Yoko! Peace and Love to you.

One of the many wonderful birthday wishes is this one, from Nat Foreman–a recipe for a dishful of snow—

A Dishful of Snow

A Dishful of Snow

Reports today in Texas of people carrying buckets of snow for water,  as the power outages continue. People are really suffering.  This is a humanitarian crisis!  And a climate crisis.

There are chunks of ice floating down the Mississippi river near Memphis.

Today, Chicago gets a dusting–an additional 1 or 2 inches  of lake-effect snow, after the Presidents Day snowstorm that brought over 17 inches to Midway, and over 18 inches to Oak Park and Evanston. We are way above the yearly average of 36 inches for Chicago—

According to NWS Chicago– “In the past 34 days, more than 20″ of snow has fallen at all of our official climate sites. Near Midway Airport, nearly 50 inches of snow has fallen.  The past 21 days is the snowiest 3-week period in Chicago since the 1978-1979 winter!” 

The snow after the storm was like a  new world—–no pathways, no roads.  The sky was dazzling blue. Now, we have canyons for walkways, and mountains at the corners, and the cardinal singing, “Pretty, pretty, pretty! “


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  • Thank you for such lovely observations. I've seen a lot of dishes full of snow in the form of my neighborhood's planters -- some even look like a snowball has landed on them. Your astute observations will keep me from trying to talk back to the cardinals if I venture out -- yes, they're right, pretty.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you so much for reading! Yes, it's amazing the mounds of snow on planters, on summer chairs, on cars, on everything, now. Winter has its beauties--and challenges, too.

  • WG, are you sure the cardinals weren't saying "pity, pity,"?

    When I see what's happening to the poor folks in Texas, I can't complain about what's happening up here. I pray for better weather and better leaders for them. And can't happen too soon.
    Nice post, my friend.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for stopping by, AW--Maybe the cardinals were saying "pity, pity"--but they are so pretty to me..
    Yes, Texas is a disaster. Beto O'Rourke is organizing phone banks to help connect people to assistance. I too am praying! As for Ted Cruz, he's blaming his daughters for the trip to Cancun...

  • This reminds me of the converse: My kindergarten teacher filled a glass with snow then showed us later how much dirt was in it, and told us not to eat it.

    Today I led the list on ABC7 with 2.4 inches. A condo contractor was on the deck over the garage with a snowblower, which was preferable to not doing anything in prior years and letting water pour into the lobby.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. That's a great story--it may look like vanilla ice cream, but no, we shouldn't eat the snow!
    As for the buckets of snow in Texas, I don't think they're using it for drinking water.

    Yes, now there will be problems with snow on roofs, and ice dams, too.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I thought that 40 years of This Old House pushing self-sealing rubberized sheets under the first couple of rows of shingles would have taken care of the ice dam problem, but I guess not. I also remember when my parents put some sort of electric heating coil in the same area of the roof. That house was poorly insulated, as indicated that we would lay in front of the heat registers.

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't know, Jack. Maybe it's the amount of snow and cold this year, but I'm seeing a lot of snow on the roofs and enormous icicles on houses around here!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Of course there are icicles when there are sun melt and refreezing. The ice dam issue is whether the water gets under the shingles and into the house.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes! That's the problem. I hope you won't have water in the lobby this time, Jack.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    None so far.

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