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Beautiful Winter, Part II

January 27, 2009
Hat by Tina, photos by The Wife.

Making snowballs: maximum J. Crewishness.

Racing Marcus, the pacifist pit bull.

Today was a snow day for us, as The Wife got The Call in the wee hours to tell her that she is ‘on-call’ today. Being ready to bolt at a moment’s notice means that it is rather difficult to leave the house, so we enjoyed a day that was kindly constrained by circumstances.

Unfortunately, the call came in hours that weren’t wee enough to precede the waking of Ella, so we sent mom back to bed and searched for activities to occupy us. Fortunately, it literally snowed today, so we bundled up to head out and perform the initial clearing of the driveway. Ella’s help is still a qualified ‘help’, but she has at least stopped last season’s determined practice of standing precisely where I’m shoveling. Instead, she removes my unsightly banks of snow from the edges of the driveway to build little piles back in the center. Which isn’t so bad, all things considered.

After some sweet potato hash and eggs for breakfast, we undertook yet another home organization project, then had some lunch before heading back out into the whiteness (“What a beautiful day,” Ella said). She took her first trip in a sled, then took some lessons at making snowballs before coming inside for warm milk with her mother while I enacted round two of the shoveling (it is much easier to keep up with my official Caretaker duties when there is someone to help with the caretaking of the kid). A few minutes later the kid was passed out on the couch, milk still in hand.

The afternoon shoveling session was augmented by some more audio from Bon Iver (a kind of Anglicized version of the French for ‘beautiful/good winter’). All Songs Considered is clearly obsessed with them, offering freebies here and here. All of which is lending creedence to the theory that the band is just beginning to live into these songs: I daresay this live stuff is richer and more expressive than the album. More energized, too.

It’s a lovely winter here in Falls Church as well. I just stepped outside for a minute, and the sky is full of damp pellets of snow falling fast, blanketing the landscape in a giant shhhhhhhhh.

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5 Responses to “Beautiful Winter, Part II”

  1. Danielle says:

    Was that your first snow of the year? That does it, i’m moving to Virginia.

  2. Anonymous says:

    First year of Ella’ snow day without tears! It’s no longer “meh-hee”, or ‘messy’, as we old folks say. xoxoxoxox Nana

  3. MeesheMama says:

    What great shots. Good job, The Wife! =) Are Ella’s mittens as huge as they look in that picture? I’ll bet making snowballs was a bit of an adventure.

    Enjoy the quiet.

  4. Ken Tennyson says:

    Alright man, I spent the morning streaming Bon Iver and have to agree that the album is very, very good. You are clearly not interested in helping me meet my iTunes budget!

    Have you listed to the EP that he just released? I haven’t heard any songs from that collection but I see the title song “Blood Bank” is his top selling song on iTunes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jr is in love with Bon Iver. Sounds like a good winter for you so far… :) Un bon hiver pour la famille Stavlund.


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