It began after dark, quietly, almost imperceptibly, like a fine mist. Except it was snow, cold weather snow. The kind that is light and fluffy, but nonetheless snow. It accumulates on the already several inches that fell earlier in the week, like a coating of sparkly frosting on a big white cake.
As there is no wind, it clings to the bare branches of the black willow trees that form a windbreak to the west. It hangs on the red pine trees that are strung out along the county road that trails past my farm; it accumulates on my pickup.
It reminds us, as if we need reminding, that snow, like people, comes in various forms and shapes. Some arrives quietly, like a shy cousin. Other times it comes on a howling wind, like a noisy uncle. Occasionally it falls steadily, like a dependable grandmother.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Snow has many faces—recognize them; enjoy them.
February 9, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison. Signing books in UW-Press booth.
February 22, 11:00 a.m. Retired Federal Workers Meeting, Waunakee.
February 27, Noon, Mt. Morris Insurance Company annual meeting, Richford, Wi
March 2, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 3, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 6- 27: Writing Retreat, Florida.
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