Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Where's Walda?

As of the start of the snowy season this past fall, The Weather Channel has gone rogue and started naming winter storms.  The National Weather Service was not amused, and while looking down their meteorologic noses, let it be known that they would not be doing this, and would not acknowledge TWC's names for the storms.  While I think it is rather silly to name the winter storms, I do like the name of the storm we are having now:  Walda.

All sorts of Where's Waldo jokes come to mind.  Have you been acquainted with Waldo?  He's the cartoon character in a series of children's books.  Each page is usually a crowd scene, and Waldo is hidden somewhere in the picture.  Young children look through all the people trying to find him.  He's distinctive looking in his red-and-white-striped shirt and hat, and his goggle-like glasses. 

A typical page from a Where's Waldo book. He's in there! I found him, can you?

Yep, I had thoughts of Where's Walda all day yesterday.  Very goofy, and perhaps only funny to me, but I pictured Waldo's hat in a variety of silly places outside in the snow.  On the antenna of a car that was becoming snow covered, a fence post, a bush, on our dog's head...you get the idea.

We did get a lot of snow, and it's still coming down.  We have about a foot of fresh snow in our yard, and we may have 4 to 8 inches more today and tonight. We have not had the high winds (at least in our neighborhood), so we don't have huge drifts, just a very thick blanket of the white stuff.  The schools are closed, and I'm sure the kids are not complaining about that!  It is a bit insulting though, to go from very mild temperatures in the near 70°F range, to a forecast high temperature in the teens today.

Jack is a big guy and has long legs, but you wouldn't know it from this picture!

I am planning to drink cocoa, bake some banana bread, try a recipe for bread that uses a new gluten free flour blend I found, and watch some Downton Abbey, with a few loads of laundry in between.

If you live in an area within Walda's wintry grip, what are your plans today?


  1. Staying in most of the day here!

  2. Well, my plans got changed with a 5:30 a.m. phone call asking me if I could come to work as someone else couldn't make it due to weather. So... after 11 hours at work I am NOW home relaxing in my warm living room. Soon, to be early then out the door at 5:30 a.m. once again.

    1. Getting called in to work on a day like today, especially when you were supposed to be off, just adds insult to injury. I'm sorry your snow day wasn't nearly as fun as what the kids had!