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!


About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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