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#SOL18: Remnants


In the trails

In the hollows

In the ditches

In the shady spots

Out of the sun

In those darkened spots

Traces remain

A glimpse of what was 

Just two short weeks ago.

Flat spaces of brown

Dry and sparsely vegetated

Scattered collections of gray and white

Remnants of the great snowstorm of two weeks ago.

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Snow in the news.

20 ” shattering records

Causing accidents

Collapsing roofs and

Exploding transformers.

A blanket of snow

A fresh new covering

Quickly fades as the danger emerges

For people, animals, and vehicles on the road.




Observation and Reading the World – First four stanzas

Final two stanzas – Found poem from CBS Nightly News @ 5:30 pm on December 10, 2018.




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#SOL18: Which View?


Fluffy

Pellety

Pristine

Early

Pretty

Accumulating

Blanketing

Warning

Caution Urged

“Tow Ban”

Travel Not Advised

White Out

Weather Channel personnel on site

Millions under “Blizzard Warning”

3″ in Pella

15 miles away – 12″

Busy Travel Day

Flights Cancelled

Cautious Early Travelers Rewarded

Overturned bus stranded passengers at casino

Early snowstorm

Snowmaggedon

Blizzard of the Century

Depending upon your snowfall

Pretty – Hazardous

Snowball packing snow

0 Visibility

Better inside

Off the roads

YAY! Snow Day!

Rats! Off to work . . . Slowly . . . Cautiously!

“Bruce” according to the Weather Channel

Travel conditions deteriorate

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Maybe as bad as the “Blizzard of 73” . . . Maybe . . .

I’m in the gold; fortunately not in the orange!

Which view of the winter activity matched your area?

Why does perspective or point of view matter?

Can it change over time?  Can you “choose” your response?

What’s your prediction for the winter?




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#SOL17: Fun with Words


(Today is the last day of February so I will be blogging and posting for 32 straight days.  Thank you, in advance, for your kind comments and thoughtful reflections!)

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K-r-u-n-c-h!  K-r-u-n-c-h!  K-r-u-n-c-h!  K-r-u-n-c-h!

Tracks in the snow show where I have stepped.

Soft snow covering treacherous ice.

Danger! Danger!

Coat zipped, hat on, scarf around my neck, gloves on hands and ice scraper ready.

18 degrees

S-c-r-a-p-e.  S-c-r-a-t-c-h! Scrape,Scrape,Scrape!

Window on door cleared.

I tug on the door.  It does NOT budge.

I tug AGAIN!

Scr-e-e-e-e-ch!

18 degrees

“How can this be?”  I wondered.  “Just yesterday it was 74 degrees.”

So cold.

“Can it get any worse?”

Eventually, windows cleared and I’m on the road.

“NNNNNN – N – N- O – O – O – O!

I slam on the brakes.

A deer strolls casually across the road!

So, slowly – barely inching across!

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“Not a good morning!  Do I continue on my way?”

18 degrees

“That darn deer should be holed up in a warm spot – not out for a morning walk!”

A dilemma

“Does she have any friends?  Do I tempt fate by continuing on?”

“It’s okay. It’s daylight.” My self-talk is not very convincing.

“But does that mean MORE deer?”

It should be too cold for deer!

Off to work with miles to go . . .  AND . . .

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It’s obviously a “Deer Thirty Day”.

Caution, caution, caution . . .

On this 18 degree day, it’s obviously a “Deer Day”.

Not to be confused with a “Deere Day” . . .

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Nor with D.E.A.R . . .

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Deer, Deere, D.E.A.R . . .

All in a day’s travel to work!

How do you “PLAY” with words?

When do you intentionally have “FUN” with words?

Which words caught your attention?

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#SOL16: Winter


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                             Winter

That season between Fall and Spring

Sometimes that never ending season that seems to begin in October and end in April.

The meteorologist on tv merrily says,

“Precipitation is headed your way!”

Will it be

rain?

sleet?

snow?

ice?

flurries?

showers?

slowly and gently falling?

torrential downpour?

Will the weather map be

pink for ice?

light blue for some snow?

medium blue for some accumulation?

deep blue for snow to be measured in “feet”?

 

I prefer snow . . .

the cleansing beauty of a layer of snow,

the crunch underfoot while

while walking in a winter wonderland.

winter one

Closely examining leaves frozen in time

as brilliant crystals glow in the sunlight.

winter two

Beauty or Danger?

Snow and frost accumulate on windhields,

Requiring scraping so views are not obstructed.

Daily scraping,

Drudgery,

Crispy, cold, and repetitious!

winter three

How much snow?

A skiff?

A blanket?

An inch or two?

Six or seven inches?

A foot?

Snow day?

snow day

An opportunity to read a good book?

Alas, not meant to be!

Road crews working diligently to make sure the roads are safe for travel.

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Making sure we can get where we need to be.

Don’t forget to stop and look.

Where are we going?

Where have we been?

What did we see along the way?

winter four

Beauty?

Danger?

Tricky?

What do you see in winter?

Most of the time,

I love winter in Iowa!

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