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Smorgasboard: The more it snows.....and so it goes

Posted: Friday, Oct 18th, 2013

FORT COLLINS — On Thursday I didn’t need the weatherwoman to tell me it was going to start snowing at 11 p.m.

My bones took care of that.

There’s nothing like broken bones and arthritis to predict the weather. By early evening, my body, hunkered down in a recliner and covered with a blanket, decided then and there that going upstairs to my bedroom was going to be out of the question--no matter what my brain said.

At precisely 11, down came the first flakes. By 2 a.m., everything outside looked sort of like a winter wonderland. Since my car also is white, I couldn’t even tell where it was parked.

So I added a second blanket and went to sleep, thinking of the Winnie the Pooh poem:

“The more it snows,

the more it snows,

the more it keeps on snowing.

And nobody knows,

how cold my toes,

how cold my toes,

are growing.”

To that I added my own poem:

“Snow, snow, go away,

come again another day,

so Lloydie can go out and play,

and everything would be okay.”

(Well, that poem wouldn’t make Walt Whitman’s cut for “Leaves of Grass,” but it’s the best I could do on short notice.)

By the time I awoke Friday (about 10:30 a.m.) the snow was all gone. Colorado at altitude is a wonderful place for such a phenomenon. First snow pelts and belts, even raises welts, and then it melts (there’s a poem in there somewhere).

For the complete article see the 10-19-2013 issue.

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