How I would love to tell you
that I’ll be celebrating the New Year with champagne and Strauss
I will be celebrating with more
snow shovelling—the real Colorado winter sport--than I like to
think about, and with mopping up after Chewbacca, with his muddy
paws, and me, with my muddy boots. I will contemplate not the
countdown to midnight, but the question of why the local
authorities have not figured out one of the salient features of
Colorado: that it snows here. Like crazy. At monumentally
We had three days with no mail
delivery during and after the newsworthy pre-Christmas
blizzard. Both UPS and the postal service worked through
Christmas eve to deliver the backlog in time for the holiday.
It took four neighbors to push the UPS truck out after he’d
dropped off a package. Alex the postman, working through
Christmas eve, was so perfectly togged out in his knitwear that
he was a walking advertisement for HCK. We haven’t had a
garbage pickup in two weeks, though they are promising next
Trapped travellers, 5000 of them,
spent a couple days at Denver International Airport. Those
driving when Storm #1 hit who had to abandon their cars on both
major and minor highways, will probably be looking for them into
March, since their vehicles had to be towed to get the roads
plowed and reopened. Some inbound travellers, after days of
fuming elsewhere, rented cars and drove home for Christmas.
One, who’d driven from Dallas,
drove his rental car down to Denver so he and his kids could dig
out his own car that he’d left at Denver International when he’d
left on a business trip. It took three hours. Only then did
they realize that they had one licensed driver, one driver with
a learner’s permit, and two cars. They took the chance, broke
the law just long enough to turn in the rental, and headed for
On the plus side, ski resorts that
had cancellations from people who couldn’t make it through the
airport offered major discounts to anyone who could, so the
student couple next door boarded the dogs, left the cat with me,
and took off for a luxury holiday in Steamboat a day before
storm #2 would have prevented their getting there.
Comic touches: Lacking snowplows,
the town sent construction equipment: front end loaders with
backhoes, walling in every car that was parked on the street.
The markets got milk and eggs, but no produce or flowers, before
Christmas. The gas station on the corner was selling premium
gas, all they had left, at a 20% discount. The local merchants
had a very bad few days, but good sales afterwards.
I dug out a second time to go
to an after-Christmas sale with my gift certificates. What did
I buy? No, not yarn; no, not a swift and ball winder. A fitted
picnic backpack for summer concerts and hiking trips—a thing so
handsome, so unnecessary, and so entirely frivolous that I fell
in love with it. It has wineglasses, napkins that match the
plates, salt and pepper shakers, and a cheese board and
knife--everything neatly matched and compact. Think spring!
And confining weather gave me
knitting time. I’m almost done with the red sweater, and
ordered more yarn so it can have two sleeves instead of one.
Isn’t that cheerful?
I am a firm believer that a
red sweater or red mittens or whatever are warmer than the same
thing made in any other color.
And I received the gift of a
pound and a half of hand-dyed handspun, wound it all into balls,
and am making another shawl, which I’ll show you when it’s
finished. This is wonderfully easy, mindless knitting, started
from the wide end, so the rows get shorter; going the other way
can make a great shawl, but the widening rows can be a little
Then the second snowstorm, on top
of the piles of unmelted snow from the first. This was the view
this morning through my office window, to my garage, with about
eight inches of fresh snow on top of about ten left from the
last storm. We are running out of places to put this stuff,
where it has to be shovelled.
Next week, I will mail my
contribution to the Red Scarf project, with a gift card.
I wish you all a happy, healthy
2007, full of useful and beautiful things to knit, old friends
and new, and time to make a few things for one of the many
charities that need knitters to help.
Now, back to my snow shovel!