February really is the month of love this year-- The sun! The snow! The wins and grins! Skiing at Chilkoot is so great we keep going back out across the lake-- and we are not the only ones-- Everyone who has been has gone back. I mean, honestly, I have to pinch myself and ask, do I really live here? Is this really just ten miles from home?
"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."- Observed Jonathan Swift in 1711
Here's the schedule of community events, as best as I can figure--
Basketball begins this afternoon against Wrangell:
2pm Boys JV
3:30 Girls JV
5:30 Boys Varsity
(The women's choir meets at 5:15, and will sing the national anthem.)
Senior night for girls/cheer team
7:15 Girls Varsity
Tomorrow's games are 2pm Girls JV, 3:30 Boys JV, 5:30 Girls Varsity, Senior night for boys/pep band and 7:15 Boys Varsity.
Chip and I walked Pearl this morning in the glorious sunshine, bright white snow and clear blue sky- honestly, it's prettier than a postcard if you can get out of the wind. I couldn't take a picture because it was blowing so hard my fingers would have frozen, plus, removing the camera from my warm pocket in this weather fogs then frosts the lens.
I should have known the weekend would turn out well even if the flu won't let go, when Friday morning began with a book and a chocolate bar from my Valentine, and then at noon there was a note on the bookstore door that said, "Closed 12-12:30 for a wedding!
"When we agree (or get tricked into) being part of something larger than our own, worried, fixated minds, we are saved. When we search for something larger than ourselves to hook into, we come through whatever life throws at us."- Anne Lamott
Just listening to my granddaughters Caroline (4) and Ivy (2 in May) sing Poppy (Chip) and Mimi (me)- and they even mention Pearl and Phoebe- a little Valentine song thanks to KHNS radio. It made me cry. Here's some Valentine mail that made me laugh. (I posted it on facebook, but you may not go there.)
29 years ago my second daughter was born in the old Haines clinic during a blizzard. Dr. Len Feldman delivered her with his boots on, and then the power went out so we were told we could go home. Our first visitors the next morning were Roger and Nancy Schnabel, who arrived on a giant road grader. The roads were still not cleared because there was so much snow that school was even closed for the first time in a decade. Dr.
We are entering the bragging stage of a cold snap. You know, the it's colder at my house than your's phase, when we say things like, " We skated across Chilkoot and it was so cold I had to keep my eyes shut or they'd freeze" or "I wore my gloves in exercise class the weights were so cold" and "I'm still walking the dog, but all I can see through my face mask with my head down are my boots." The clear skies and sunshine are wasted. In yoga last night there was ice on the inside of the dance studio windows.