But, alas! The promise did not hold, and this afternoon, the snow began.
By dinnertime, about two inches of snow had fallen, and the precipitation had turned to sleet. We expect a bit more snow, then freezing rain through the night. Temperatures are supposed to rise into the mid-thirties tomorrow morning, and there may be some rain.
In undisturbed spots, over two feet of snow lay on the ground. The hum of the furnace seems a constant companion. The cats exhibit signs of cabin fever, chasing their own shadows and each other about the house. My children have enjoyed eleven snow days, fourteen 2-hour delays, and two early dismissals due to weather this winter.
Optimism prevails, though, as my first tomato seedlings sprouted today, atop that constantly humming furnace, and over the weekend I sowed lettuce and spinach seeds in two milk-jug “greenhouses” and set them on the back porch, in hopes of getting an early start on those crops.