It would not be entirely accurate to say I have not been writing because I have had to spend all my time shoveling snow. But it wouldn’t be far from the truth, either.
Since my last post, lamenting the storage of my canoe for the winter, the seasons have shifted drastically. Just three days after putting the canoe up in the rafters, I had to pull out the snow blower and fire it up to cut through the 12 inches of snow that blew into town early in November. Though there hasn’t been much new snow since then, we have been through a wicked cold snap, and there is no sign that it was an early vision of things to come and that winter will withdraw. No, winter is here to stay. As if to confirm the fact, my brother sent this photo taken soon after that November storm. It’s a little hard to make out, but on the roof of his office is a snowy owl, resting between the chimneys and probably grumbling that he must be harassed by the crow and raven.
So here we are again. Closing doors and windows, turning up the heat or stoking the fire, and waiting for enough snow to begin cross-country skiing (which a friend of mine did just after the November storm).