Like much of the country this winter, the Pacific Northwest succumbed mightily to the whims of wild weather. Our February, the coldest on record, left islanders grousing about temperatures Midwesterners would scoff at. But for us, freezing weather is as much an anomaly as a Seattle corner without a coffee shop.
The mile-high meringue on our baked-Alaska winter came in the form of unprecedented snowfall, which led to school closures, fallen trees, compromised structures, and power outages. The good news is warmer weather is on its way next week, the daffodils and crocus are blooming, and I’ll get by with a little help (make that a lot of help) from my friends as I’m finally at an age and/or state where accepting help is fine with me (such an adult approach). Plans are in the works to dismantle and reconstruct the greenhouse for starters. I’ll keep you posted.
So here’s to a spring without downed trees, flattened greenhouses or collapsed coops. And may these photos be dispatched as faded memories quickly making way for the promise of sunshine and soulful renewal.
Oh a side note, snow storms and power outages can certainly bring us together, and on occasion yield a mighty-fine recipe. This hot buttered rum mix (and tasty elixir) was served to me one very chilly morning by my friend Margo, who received it from her 87-year old neighbor who had rescued Margo and son from their unheated cottage. That’s my kind of neighbor! And let me just say, this recipe makes you hope there’s a power outage.
The snow has melted and we are free to move about the island to see old friends and meet new ones.