Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thoughts on a Snow Day

Snow started late yesterday afternoon and continued overnight. This morning our yard and street are awash in a wintry glow.

The first automated call came at 4:30 from Cari's school district. Her high school is closed due to the snow. Michael's school called around 5:40. Same announcement, different voice.


Harley, our black lab, woke up early, but he put the skids on when I opened the back door to let him outside. He's no fool. When Walt opened the door, he listened and trotted outside. Why is that? It's the same way with the kids.

When I went in their bedrooms to tell them there was no school, Cari said, "Good. I can sleep in." Michael said, "Good. I can sled." Then they both went back to sleep.

So, this morning instead of making breakfasts and lunches, double-checking homework, and rushing around getting the kids out the door in time for school, I'm sipping a cup of tea, reading, and writing. Life is good.

While I'm warm and cozy inside, not everyone is. Last night and earlier this morning the city trucks have been by clearing the streets.

Today the mail carriers have their work cut out for them. Thinking about mail carriers, I found this article on readersdigest.com. "Thirteen Things Your Mail Carrier Won't Tell You." After reading the list, I appreciate #4, the advice about Media Mail (I use it when mailing books) and #10 about using ball point pens. I shudder when I think about the stories mail carriers can tell with #11.

Hope you can enjoy your day today, no matter what kind of weather you're having.


  1. Hi Donna,
    Yay! A snow day. I wrote a poignant essay about sledding with my grown son and grandson five years ago. Today I am happy to just look at others sliding down the hills. Have a great day.

  2. Interesting article. I think our postal system is wonderful. Early on, I have always supported the system. I am fascinated how mail can get to its destination. When we first moved to Missouri, our mailman was the first person to welcome us. Thanks, Donna, for linking us to that article.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Thanks. Back at you.

    Hi Barb,
    You're welcome. There's an additional link to another article with advice from mail carriers.


  4. Donna--Thanks for the link. You're right. # 11 is cringe-worthy.

    Today is proof: life is indeed good.

  5. Glad you got to enjoy your snow day!


  6. Interesting list. Glad you enjoyed the unexpected today!

  7. Snow days can be such a gift, which it seems to have been for you all. We got cold but no precipitation.


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