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Snow Day

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:08 pm

Yesterday was our first real snow day since we moved to Savannah. We have had at least two other days with snow, but nothing like yesterday. In fact, there was so much of it, and it was cold enough overnight, that it lingered into today. It is now melting, but things are still pretty covered.

Given that snow and cold were one of the top reasons I left Illinois, I surprised myself at how much fun it all was. We actually went outside multiple times to check out the progress. It was surreal seeing our normally green, lush yard look like a winter wonderland.

The memories of snow days of old came rushing back. I had stored a lot of this knowledge for going on two decades, and had completely forgotten it until yesterday. For example,
-Snow sounds. I had forgotten how much I absolutely despised the crunching noise that wet, icy snow makes when walking on it. It’s like walking on bits of styrofoam. It’s squeaky and it grunts and is generally gross on the ears.

However, snow also brings a sound-deafening property that is peaceful and calming. Once everything is covered with a layer of snow, ambient sounds are insulated. Add that to the fact that everyone is nestled inside, and the quiet is delightful, and in the city, so rare.

-Snow lighting. The lighting of everything outside changes when covered in snow. I had forgotten how everything is enveloped in a light blue hue when snow is on the ground. During the day, everything gleams. It is so bright that sunglasses are an absolute must. Snow blindness is real. At night, everything seems to glow from the ground level. We had the bonus of a waning full moon last night, so the moonlight added to the glow. It was very bright out last night. It is still pretty bright today, but getting back to the more green-tinted light that I’m used to than the light-blue of snow cover.

-Could I be wearing any more clothes? When I left Illinois, I gave away my most hardcore winter gear – like a jacket and boots. I never replaced them when I moved here. In order to enjoy the snow without freezing (and I am known to be freezing in 70 degree weather), I had to layer up. From the bottom up, I had my hiking shoes, wool socks, long underwear, sweatpants (classy!), long sleeve body shirt, tshirt, sweatshirt, fleece, windbreaker (with hood), Blackhawks knitted cap with ear flaps, and Isotoner gloves. I wish I had a scarf, but otherwise, wasn’t too bad off. Actually, a balaclava would be really nice, but owning those around here just means ‘robber’. Boots of some sort would have been helpful too, but more for the warmth/waterproof qualities. The snow wasn’t all that deep. I had forgotten how long it takes to put all of that on and take it all back off again.

-Mud Rooms. Now I remember why so many Midwestern homes have mudrooms. Tracking snow inside is really annoying. I guess we, at least, have the bonus of our snow being untainted by road salt, which is a floor-ruiner and cat-sickener. Truly, I am unsure if the amount of snow we tracked in was more, even, or less than the amount of saltwater we track in after fishing/boating. It maybe be that it was the visible sight of snow in my house that was weirding me out. Snow in the house just isn’t right.

All in all, yesterday’s snow day wasn’t all that bad. I just hope it clears out quickly. I also it doesn’t happen again any time soon. snowfish

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