First Snow

12 Nov

We had our first snow dusting today.  It didn’t warrant school closures or delays, but I understand there were still traffic tie-ups this morning.  It was only enough to frost the leaves on the ground and layer the rooftops.  The roses that were still hanging on received a fluffy coating too.  By mid-morning the sun had stolen away most of what had fallen during the night.  Only the areas still shaded retained their wintery look.

Regardless of the amount, the dogs were ecstatic!  They bounded, rolled, and shook in the magical stuff.  They were so exhausted from the constant in and out to enjoy the newfound wonder and their obsession with collecting firewood, they immediately dropped off in a highly irregular noonday nap.

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This quiet afforded me the time I needed to work on a short story today.   It’s something different for me, but I’m going to give it a whirl. It’s actually something I started this summer as a children’s story, but I can’t seem to fit it into the confines of a picture book.  For one thing, my protagonist is older than the picture book audience.  So I’m revising it into … I don’t know yet, but something else!

My second project of the day… baking.  There’s something about snow that brings out the baker in me.  Looking around the house, I realized I need to shop for my winter baking needs.  Luckily, I had a few browning bananas and the essentials for bread.  Substituting orange zest for lemon zest didn’t seem to be too outrageous, so with my firewood collectors underfoot I whipped up a warm nutty loaf.

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So, please enjoy a piece with me and tell me your First Snow story!

5 Responses to “First Snow”

  1. Jadi Campbell November 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

    Hi Juliana, I’m glad you found my blog! That led me to yours, and to this post….

    We had our very first snow of the season here in the Stuttgart area last night. I woke up this morning to flakes as well. It’s gray, cold, and beautiful in that brittle magical way when the seasons change for good. Tonight I have a risotto cooking on the stove. This sort of weather demands slow-cooked foods with their layers of flavors. (Is that a longing for summer I taste down at the base in the fennel browned in butter?) Alas, I live in southern Germany where the bakeries on every corner mean I’ll never try my hand at bread making. Oh joy, I live in Germany, where bread is second only to beer in cultural importance!

    And finally, welcome to another person living in the space between cultures. I’m so glad you found me. PS: Please send me a piece of that banana bread!

    Cheers, Jadi

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    • Juliana Lee November 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

      I did…. didn’t know I could do that!

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    • Juliana Lee November 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM #

      Hi Jadi! It’s so nice to meet people who understand you! I’m sure I’m going to enjoy reading your blog updates. Sadly, the banana bread it gone, but I am starting on my Thanksgiving pie tomorrow… I’ll save a piece for you!

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  2. Juliana Lee November 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    Hi Patricia! Glad you stopped by for a visit.

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  3. Patricia Tilton November 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM #

    Looks yummy. We had about the same amount of snow.

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