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Nearly 30 years in the middle school biz...hope to graduate one of these days! Have taught English, choral music, drama, computer applications and just about anything else you can imagine. Oh, and how can I forget publications...I'm responsible for the yearbook and the school newspaper. Also did a stint as the librarian. Wide ranging interests and a long-time Salon addict. Two kids, two grandsons and a dog round out the picture! Originally from Marin (go figure) but 32 years at Tahoe has definitely spoiled me. To quote Nora Ephron, "I feel bad about my neck."


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AUGUST 3, 2008 11:52AM

Christmas in Tahoe

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I originally posted this back in July or August when some of the OS family were dying of heat prostration.  Now  it looks exactly like this outside  (we got about 2 1/2 feet last night) and I thought it would be a good time to share it again.  I will be enlarging the tunnel from the front door to the garage in a few days so I'll take more pictures then. 

See, Deven?  Now THIS is SNOW!

OK.  It's the weekend.  In the interest of keeping things light, especially for those of you in torrid and humid climates (e.g./exempli gratia  Virginia, where I used to go with my ex every year to celebrate the Humidity Festival) I thought I'd share a few "cool" views of my abode in winter.  Consider this a public service for those of you in Virginia (and elsewhere) from beautiful Lake Tahoe, where we die of heat exhaustion if the temperature goes over 85. 

As I've mentioned before, we have two seasons up here in the mountains: Winter and August, or, if you prefer, Winter and Roadwork. Since it's now August, that means Winter is right around the corner! These pictures were taken last January after another of the many intense storms we had this past winter.  It's not unsual to have storms in Tahoe that drop 3 or 4 feet of snow, followed by a glorious blue sky and insane amounts of snow clearing work to be done. 

Living full time at Tahoe in the winter is not for sissies. 

Here are the tools of the trade at my house:


 Clearing a path to/from the front door is the first order of business.  Although I live in a condo complex that purports to have snow removal service, more often than not, *I* am the snow removal service.



 Have you ever wondered (in all that spare time you have) about the actual mechanics behind the formation of glaciers?  I really hadn't, but this past winter gave me great insight into the process as one formed on my very own roof!


 The snow gives even the dumpster enclosure a fairytale beauty.  Or not.  Really, now that I think about it, it's just a dumpster in disguise.  Not pretty, but VERY attractive to bears.  And, contrary to popular lore, bears DO wake up during the winter. Upon waking, they realize they are just famished (kind of like me when I wake up at 3 AM)  and head right straight to their favorite diner - the dumpster.  (I try to avoid the dumpster at 3 AM, but the kitchen is right up the stairs!) Bears also love the freezer in my garage, which has been raided so many times I can no longer use it because the door hinges are sprung.  And the mess!  You'd think they'd at least pick up all the wrappers they leave behind!


Regardless of how much it snows, there is one member of our household (not counting my son who hightails it to the slopes to go boarding rather than help shovel) who just loves it.  Her Royal Boopness is in heaven.


 Here's hoping YOU find a place to cool off this weekend!





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My brother gets a bit of that same snow, but on the other side down the Kingsbury Grade, he doesn't see near as much as you guys up on top. And I would love to live there or near the lake. It's one of my favorite places and I truly envy you. But then, I live in Hades. It's supposed to be 107° tomorrow. That's not heat indexed, that's the temp. I'm staying inside.

Beautiful pics, can you adopt me as a rescue dog?
Oh, yuck, Barry. My sincere condolences. Hades, indeed. I'm headed off to Reno where it is, yikes, in the 90's.

I absolutely can adopt you. Next time you and the missus are up visiting your brother, let me know. Kingsbury Grade is a nasty ride in the winter, by the way. But I'm sure you know that already!

Thanks for the comments on my photos. It's one of my hobbies. One of these days I want to get a *real* camera. For now (and due to a school teacher's salary), it's just me and my Canon point and shoot. (And lots of fun with editing...)
Addendum: can you say "unsharp mask"? (Barry will get this...)
I was thinking about fire-proof cement siding, but you've given me an idea. I'll get me a truck with "climate control." I love pic#5.

"Christmas in August" is (oh, what's the word?) perfect!
Marsha, I do indeed know from "unsharp mask." I've just spent the day constructing a 30 step+ Photoshop action for rendering a photo into into a half-tone comic book style image. I'll post it in a bit.
From the western side of Hades (the Fort Worthish side), thanks. Although I don't know if it made it better or worse. :)

We had a Christmas in July dinner party last month and that was fun. Got to use all the Christmas tableware more than the token 2 or 3 times this year.
Oh, yes, looks familiar! God love you, I really do not like the snow...
I guess I will have to learn to love to sweat here in Florida. I am as fussy as the girl in "Princess and the Pea" with regard to weather...
Gone away is the bluebird!

Here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song

as we go along ~
...walkin' in a winter wonderland.

All together now...
Oh, you make me long for winter. I had to take a 4 year break from snow sports, for infant-raising purposes. But just this last winter, my son declared that he loves snow, and wants to move to a winter house in the mountains, where it snows all the time. He also likes his kiddie ski lessons, so we'll be up by your end of the Lake come December. We still can't afford to quit our Bay Area jobs and move to Tahoe for the winter, despite our son's pleading, but it's a dream.
One more bump for good measure...
Now THAT'S snow! It looks beautiful but I'm glad that I don't have to shovel it.