A Beautiful Snowy Evening

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One of my coworkers walked over to my desk today and informed me that we were getting 20 inches of snow in the next couple of days. “What?” I asked incredulously. I knew it was possible because I’d lived here before, but at that time I wasn’t having to shovel my own snow. I lived in a condo where snow removal was not in my list of responsibilities. I can’t even imagine how many times I’d have to shovel for that much snow. My arms are going to be cut by spring.

Today’s snow was fluffy and light. Snow has many, many personalities, and the light stuff is very glittery and special. It floats and sparkles across the sky and piles up on the ground in fluffy piles that go “poof” when you walk through them. Shoveling is easy because it moves and floats to the side. But all day it kept falling and falling and falling some more. Lake Michigan kept sucking up water into the atmosphere and tossing it on top of Saint Joseph. Meanwhile the below freezing temperatures keep us in the deep freeze with no melting in sight.


I went to the gym for a spinning class and ate some of Tosi’s Minestrone soup for dinner. The snow had stopped, and it was a balmy 20 degrees with no wind. It has been so cold lately that Ashok and I have not taken a walk in a long time. “You want to go for a walk?” I asked her. She jumped off the sofa and ran circles in the living room. We both got dressed for the cold and headed outside.

The neighborhood was quiet. I suppose most people were staying off the roads, so traffic was almost non-existent. A few folks were shoveling or running their snowblowers, but for the most part, we were the only ones on the streets. It was the first time I slowed down today to take a deep breath and relax. Ashok was energetically running from one pile of snow to another, wading in drifts almost over her head. She leaped like a rabbit until  she resurfaced and then rolled on the ground before shaking herself off. Her playfulness made me laugh out loud, and I felt pretty happy to be outside on such a gorgeous night.


The weather forecast looks daunting, and we won’t see temps above freezing until next Monday. The little break in the weather tonight was a real treat. I hope we see a few more surprises like that in the near future and that I can take advantage of them.


8 Comments on “A Beautiful Snowy Evening

  1. Ashok sounds like an adventurous girl. What kind of dog is she? I live in New England and we are actually getting a snow storm of 8-12 inches. I’m happy I was notified that I could work from home and stay warm. How do you like living in Michigan aside from the snow? I know, in your description you said you lived in St. Joseph is that near Ann Arbor?

    • It’s in Southwest MI, so it’s on the other side of the state. I really like it here. It is a small town though, so sometimes I have to go to Grand Rapids or Chicago for a city fix. I can work from home too if necessary. Although my bathroom is being remodeled so it’s not usable tomorrow. Be careful in the storm. It sounds bad.

      • Small towns are nice and often have that Gilmore Girl feeling to them. I’m originally from a small town in Massachusetts and I moved to Boston. I love the city but it’s always nice to go home away from the hustle and bustle. I’ve never been to Chicago, but I’ve heard good things. Thank you, I’ll be careful. You take care too! 🤗

  2. Great post, with awesome pics. It looks magical and so beautiful. I’ve never even seen snow. Slush, yes, but not snow. As a child I lived in Adelaide where it NEVER snows. I’m now in Melbourne, and we never see it in the ‘burbs, but the country mountain ranges sometimes has good falls. Most of the time, though, I believe the snow season is plumped with the fake kind, to reinforce the skiing culture. It’s also summer here at the mo, which I loathe, and we’re expecting 41 degrees Celsius tomorrow, or the next day. Blurgh! Thanks for your post – so glad to have read it.

    • Wow! It always seems so unusual for it to be warm during this time of year. But I guess normal is relative, right? I’m not from here but the weatherman tells me this kind of snowfall only happens when the lake is still warm. After it freezes, we won’t get as much. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Winter in St. Joe is a beautiful time of year
    and snowstorms only add to it. And there is a hardiness to having survived a true blizzard such as the one of 1967. It is my least, however of the four seasons that we enjoy.

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