Snowed In... It has been snowing and frigid, and snowing and blowing, and snowing and fogging, and snowing and icing for better than three weeks now. I think I speak for most folks in the Midwest when I say that most of us feel like we have been snowed in. I have a large picture window in my living room, and mocha brown walls. I look out that window and all I see is ice and snow. This piece was inspired by that now, overly familiar view from my sofa. Snow and trees looking north from my front yard. Nothing but white, articulated by naked trees. Slow Thaw... This past week we finally had high temperatures above 32 degrees. And slowly, the streets and sidewalks are beginning to show their wet surfaces as the snow thins out on well traveled roadways and paths. The snow is still everywhere, but we are full of cheer as we see just a little of what is hiding under the snow. Yes, it's mud puddles and dead grass... but it is much more tolerable. Today, I even saw sunshine! Dried out ornamental grass in my parents' front yard. The pot it's in is completely covered by a foot of snow.