We are in the grip of another arctic blast in the valley below Mt. Hood, near Portland, OR. My car thermometer registered 28F on my way home from swimming at LA Fitness with Teresa this afternoon. The pool water was wonderfully warm inside but the wind chilled our bones in the short walk from the building to our cars. The meteorologist I listened to on the news tonight said that the wind chill made it feel like it was -9F. Brrrr~~~~
In the photo of downtown Gresham where my blog friends Teresa, Betsy, Taci, and I met for lunch and exchanged gifts yesterday, you can see snowflakes whirling around if you look carefully. More snow is predicted to fall in the next four days, but most of the snow near us lands on Mt. Hood, and stays there year round. I drove on 307th street several blocks from our house and took some pictures this afternoon of Mt. Hood and the foothills with my zoom lens to show you.
Our ponds are glazed with ice again, and yet some daffodils are defiantly thrusting their leaves toward the sun near our house, and moss is lush and green on the petrified wood nearby.
Inside the house I have some pretty little purple blue Iris bulbs and a Primrose in bloom. I've been enjoying candlelight, and my little electric heater in the fireplace. I included a photo of Baby Rose in bloom cuddled in her pink and white hoodie for you to admire :) She smiles frequently now at 3 months of age, but I have not caught her doing so in my photos so far. And I thought you would be impressed to know that I have 116 rows of continental knitting to go before my next color change on my blanket :)
In the last photo there is a plastic wind-up snowman. Our winter has been so dry and mild so far this year I thought this was the only kind of snowman I would see close by. But today I am wondering...do you suppose we will get enough snow here for my granddaughters to make a snowman before Spring arrives??????