Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Salon: Blizzard of '13

That's what my front porch looked like yesterday around noontime, after the snow had finally stopped!

This isn't the worst blizzard I've ever lived through; I think it ranks 6 or 7 for the most recorded snowfall in Massachusetts- but the timing has special significance. When I was five, actually just about on my fifth birthday, Massachusetts experienced the Blizzard of 1978, and tomorrow I'll be turning 40, so I know I'm always going to remember this as the Birthday Blizzard. The bookstore was closed Friday as the snow started and Saturday as it stopped, so I had two days of staying inside, watching movies, cleaning, doing crafts, and of course reading. We were very lucky and didn't lose power or experience any real hardship. My husband did a little shoveling but that was it. It's been heavenly, I have to admit.

I've been doing a re-read of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, a great choice for a snowbound day. Reading it again, knowing what's going to happen, I'm seeing foreshadowing and experiencing du Maurier's luscious prose for its own sake. Re-reading is something I rarely do; looking at all the books on my shelf, floors and furniture that I haven't read, re-reading feels like a real indulgence. Rebecca is a book I know I'll re-read periodically forever. It's just so compelling and entrancing. If you haven't tried it I urge you to; it's a real classic and a tale of psychological suspense you'll never forget.

I go back to work on Tuesday and until then I'll be reading, sewing, cleaning and keeping busy as usual. What are you up to today? Did you experience the blizzard? Let me know in the comments and have a great Sunday!

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