This morning when I woke up, the radio told me it was -1º outside. Funnily enough, that’s not the coldest it has been this winter. We had a very mild winter last winter, so I guess we’re due for it. It was bright and sunny today, though, which was exciting. By the time I left work at 4pm it was 24º. Much better. Felt balmy. It’s amazing what can perspective can do.
Anyway, thanks to the sun and the rapid temperature increase over the course of today, the snow on our roof started to melt. Today is garbage day so my ’round the back neighbors filled their recycling bin and left it on the side of the house. I assume they plan to bring it to the bottom of the driveway, but my neighbors also seem to drop the ball when it comes to taking out the garbage. Thanks to the melting snow, this is what happened to their recycling bin:
Welcome to winter in Rochester, folks!
We don’t have school today because of the weather, which meant that I was home when the sun came up. I was pleasantly surprised to see snowflakes frosted onto my windows, bringing me back to my childhood. We had a glass door that opened onto the deck, and on the coldest of days my mum would point out the snowflakes and whisper, “Look! Jack Frost came!”
Two days ago, there was no snow. Like most people, I was disappointed because, even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, there is something special about a white Christmas. That’s what Christmas looks like in story books, after all.
Yesterday, it snowed, giving us the following:
And, naturally, there’s no Christmas for my family without a trip to Starbucks; the only Starbucks in the area that remains open on Christmas Day. Clearly, we were not the only ones.
While I do feel badly for the employees who have to work, I hope they’re happy knowing that they’re making the rest of us happy.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!