Quick change

pb214935treesftf.jpgSo those purple coneflowers I wrote about a few days ago? Brown and whithered the day after I posted that picture. In a “holy shit, winter is almost here” the trees all dropped the rest of their leaves, which then went into bags for the compost-truck pickup. (Our three-bin composter is huge, but we can cram only so many leaves in there.) A hard frost three days ago burst the cells in the Swiss chard remaining in the garden, so now it’s all sad and droopy. And yesterday we woke up to the first snowfall of the season.

pb215004daddysledftf.jpgAfter Sylvia came home from school, we suited up and went outside to play. Jan was working from home yesterday, which was very fortunate. Daddies wearing slippery nylon parkas make great sleds for three-year-olds.
pb215005snowcastleftf.jpgWe threw snowballs, built this “castle” (at Sylvia’s insistence), and had a lot of fun. A huge grin spread over Sylvia’s face when she remembered our family’s post-play-in-the-snow tradition: having homemade hot chocolate inside afterward. Before we went back in for this treat, though, she just had to make a snowman.


2 Responses to “Quick change”

  1. Chrison 22 Nov 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, that’s more snow at once than we’ve had so far!!

  2. Deborahon 24 Nov 2008 at 7:44 am

    Can’t believe it’s snowing already! Looks like there was much fun to be had in what you guys got. That’s a very respectable snowman there by Slyvia. Oh the memories of my childhood snow days when we lived in Colorado.