Sunday, February 04, 2018

Cold Weather Snow

I’m sitting at the kitchen table at Roshara. The outside temperature is 17 degrees, and it is snowing. A fine-flaked, but persistent snow. My dad would have called this a cold weather snow. We haven’t had much snow at Roshara this winter. I have yet to plow my driveway with my tractor, which has a frontend loader. A few inches fall, and then it warms above freezing and mostly melts. Then it snows a couple more inches and then it once more melts.

The kitchen woodstove is slowly bringing the kitchen temperature into the 60s, but it is comfortable in the cabin and to use a not much-used word these days, cozy.

The weather person predicts three to five inches. One characteristic of cold weather snow, it doesn’t accumulate very fast. So far it’s been snowing for about an hour, and my Aldo Leopold bench has but a white frosting coating.

I’ve always liked to watch falling snow. Something peaceful about it. Something nonpolitical about it—especially during these days of political rancor, when too many folks are yelling at too many other folks

THE OLD TIMER SAY: Watching the snow fall—you could do much worse.


I am conducting a two-hour writing workshop on February 17, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Wild Rose Library. It is free, and workshop participants will also receive a free copy of my book, TELLING YOUR STORY. The workshop will focus on telling stories about your early childhood education, whether in a one-room country school, or a village or city school. But you must register for the workshop. Click on this link to find registration information. Register Here for the Workshop. The workshop will be filmed by Wisconsin Public TV.


Saturday, Feb 10, 2:15 p.m. Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison, with daughter Susan

Sunday, Feb. 11: 1:00 p.m. Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison, with daughter Susan

Saturday, Feb. 17, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Writing workshop at Wild Rose Library. See above for details. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb 28, 6:00 p.m. Wild Rose H.S. Auditorium, Premier showing of Jerry’s
new Public TV documentary on One-Room Country Schools.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. First state-wide airing on all Wisconsin Public TV stations of my hour-long documentary on One-Room Country Schools.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows,) and Never Curse the Rain, Jerry’s newest DVD based on his book with the same title.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest nonfiction books, Never Curse the Rain and Old Farm Country Cookbook, and his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. Also available are Wisconsin Agriculture: A History, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their own stories.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.


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