…but for much more wonderful reasons…
On Thursday my husband and I came up to use a friend’s cabin in Forest Lakes, Arizona with another couple. These first two photos are courtesy of my friend, Julie.
We enjoyed some deep conversation and one of our favorite card games of Nertz.
We have been playing Nertz with some of our best friends since the 70’s and love it! Funny thing, just as I was typing this I decided to look up Nertz rules so you could play the game yourself and I discovered that there’s a National Nertz Association AND that we’ve been playing it incorrectly all along. Oh well, we’ve had so much fun and the difference is negligible. We’ll have to try to play the “right” way the next time though.
It started snowing on Friday night just as Andy & Julie were leaving. We went to bed with some light snowfall and by this morning it didn’t look safe enough to drive out.
We had other friends who were hoping to come up today, but the drive is too dangerous, so it’s just the two of us now.
I’m sitting at the kitchen table looking out at this gorgeous view of the snow gently falling. An instrumental version of “Christmas Time is Here” just started playing on the iPod (just like the version in A Charlie Brown Christmas). Even though we’re well into February it feels appropriate somehow. Snowfall always reminds me of the holidays. Growing up in Ohio, we always dreamed of a white Christmas. I continue to long for the confluence of snow and the winter holidays especially now that we live in Phoenix and have to travel to the mountains to enjoy it.
Today the snow fluctuates from a light dusting, to big fluffy flakes, then when the wind kicks up it starts to swirl between the trees. At times it turns to a slushy rain, then back to snow. Even though it’s after 2pm, the sky is dark and gray. We’ve heard that this is just the beginning of the storm that’s supposed to last through tonight and well into tomorrow. Worst case scenario is over 20 inches of snow in this storm, but because it seems to be wet (for now) it doesn’t seem to be accumulating as quickly as we’d expected.
We had a power outage this morning and for some reason the back up generator didn’t turn on. We were ready to brave the storm and hit the roads, but while we were weighing our options, packing, etc. the power came back on, so we decided to stay where we’re safe and sound inside the warm, cozy house.
We’re in a neighborhood reached only by dirt roads and we talked to a neighbor who said that they almost slid into a ditch in their truck with snow tires this morning, so we’re not going to take a chance on the drive out and down the Mogollon Rim Highway. Neither of us have driven much in the snow and our car doesn’t have snow tires or chains so we’ll settle in here. We were planning to stay until Sunday anyway and we have plenty of food, even if we have to stay for an extra day or so to wait for the snow plows to come around.
Now all that’s left is to enjoy the quiet solitude with my sweetie, open a bottle of wine, light a fire in the fireplace and pray that the power stays on…oh, wait. We might want to conserve that firewood just in case we do lose power again.
Terry’s working on finishing the book, Atlas Shrugged. 1069 pages. He’s almost there.
Fortunately we have an ample supply of books, magazines, DVDs, blogs, photo projects and writing utensils so we aren’t lacking for things to do. In fact, it’s kind of nice to be forced to sit still for a while. Might be fun to plan a snow trip like this every year…
Click to enlarge this pic to get a little bit of an idea of the snowfall. It changes second by second and the photos really don’t do it justice. It’s absolutely amazing! I’m not sure I’ll ever get out of this spot. It’s like watching a real life snow globe, only much more magical.