29 December 2001
Seasons Greetings to all
I am going to try to make the words in this email very sweet, as I fear I may
have to eat them in a few weeks time. We had put in our order for a light
dusting of snow to give us our (probably) one and only chance of a white Christmas.
I had also asked that there not be too much snow as we had a bit of travelling
to do to and from Indianapolis to fly to New York and then two trips
to and from Chicago for Nick. Well, we got just what this doctor ordered!
weather stayed snow-free for our NY adventure and also for our Saturday before
Christmas trip to Chicago to collect Nick. That trip was rainy and cold, however,
and we decided to forgo any sightseeing and get straight home to Lafayette.
Having Nick in the apartment helped us feel a little bit more that this was
home, and we just loved it that he could make the trip across to
see us (via Iceland). Sunday saw the arrival of the first snow flurries of the
season. We were very excited. We went to the movies to see Lord of the
Rings (Nick and Peter loved it, I wished I was elsewhere), and when we
came out the car was covered in light snow. It was so beautiful and we drove
around the streets seeing still another face of Lafayette its prettiest
So far there has not been a lot of snow at all, but it has been more than enough for us to declare it a white Christmas, and enough for Nick to throw snowballs at me, and for him to build a very small snowman about a foot high, if that. We went to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and were greeted with a light dusting of snow as we emerged to return to our warm beds and wait for Santa to finish his deliveries in Australia. Its a wonder he had anything at all left by the time Christmas finally dawned here (well into Boxing Day in Australia, where people were seeking respite in air conditioning or pools, and fighting fierce fires in Sydney), but a steady stream of parcels which had been arriving over the past few weeks ensured that there was enough for us all to get up for on Tuesday morning. We had a breakfast of pancakes and bacon and then spent time opening presents and thinking of all the wonderful people whose best wishes were represented there.
Mum and dad had sent me a jigsaw puzzle with Australian birds and animals, and that turned out to be a perfect after lunch activity to do on a snowy day.
our traditional American Christmas dinner with just the three of us. It was
unusual to have so few at our Christmas table, but we enjoyed it nevertheless.
Peg and Dave came around late in the afternoon to bring a lovely gift and to
share some of our Christmas snacks and warm cider. Peter had warmed ours even
a bit more by adding some rum. I bought Peter a plastic snow saucer, and we
were hoping to find a bit more snow so that we could get a chance to play with
it. Some that had fallen in previous days had already blown away not
melted, it hasnt been above freezing point here for the past 5 days.
Wednesday we packed up to drive around the north and into Chicago to spend the
night. It was too cold to do much outdoor sightseeing, so mostly we just drove
around and admired the snow. We checked in to our motel near the airport in
readiness for Nicks next day departure and decided to head into town to
look at the shops and have dinner. We still had not found a place to ride our
saucer (most of the snow covered slopes we had seen were beside the highway
and I didnt relish the thought of sliding into the path of oncoming semis).
There was a fair amount of snow in the park at Three Oaks, MI (home of the Prancer
movies which we had watched the previous night), but Peter refused to ride there
as there were too many people around.
wanted to get a photo of Nick in the saucer so we had to suffice with riding
down a small slope beside our motel room. We have more technique to master with
it yet, but had great fun.
We walked down the Magnificent Mile in Chicago with the wind blowing and snow
flurrying. It was beautiful, but bitterly cold. We went into as many shops as
we could just to escape the weather. At one stage I noticed that I had lost
all sensation in my chin and I asked Peter if it was still there. He was unkind
enough to observe that they were both there. We had dinner in a little Chinese
restaurant and headed back to the motel. I think Nick thought we were pikers,
but Id rather be a live piker than a frozen party animal. Next morning
we dropped him at the airport to send him back through Iceland to his home in
Basingstoke. I was very sad to see him leave, but we had enjoyed the short time
with him and we look forward to our next get-together, whenever that may be.
We had heard on the news that the main interstate highway back to Lafayette
had been cut in both directions by traffic accidents. In both cases, trucks
had jack-knifed while driving on the icy roads. We decided that the back roads
might be safer as the traffic is slower and there are few, if any, trucks. We
drove back problem-free in bright sunshine for most of the way.
snow is still falling outside, and everything is looking so fresh and beautiful.
I just love it, but as I said, I might have to eat these words in a few weeks
time, so I will leave it at that.
This weeks quiz question is: How many inches of snow represents the same
amount of water as an inch of rain?
Love to you all. Happy New Year from snowy Lafayette.
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