Yeay! Snow in Portland!

I have to say I love snow! For snow-starved neo-Portland transplants raised on four distinct seasons, the mountain is a quick hour’s drive away when the jonesing gets too bad. But having that soft, fluffy white stuff coat our neighborhood is a rare treat in the actual city – especially in February. I love it even when it covers up the swelling buds of my beloved plants! In fact, I’d even venture to say that they look better in snow than against the saturated darkness of the soil – so glisteningly fresh and wonderful!

The kids love it too – they get a day off from school! Snow pants, gloves and sweaters come on, and I watch (and cower) as a snowball fight ensues with the neighborhood kids. As they take their armies down the street, my camera and I try to capture some of the stoic beauty of the earliest pioneers to bloom against the white.

A few hours later, when everyone from the warring tribes is soaking wet and exhausted, with cold fingers and rosy cheeks, I serve up grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for lunch, while their dripping garments are hung up to slowly dry. A quick look out the window reveals that the morning’s magic is rapidly melting away… Oh well, it was lovely while it lasted!

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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