Spring Snow

BeckyB’s BrightSquare Challenge
Cee’s Flower of the Day

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I woke up this morning to gloom and doom weather. By the time I was enjoying my coffee, snow had begun to fall in big fat clumps. What the heck? The simple answer: It is April 16th in New Hampshire where…besides live free or die…the state motto could very well be…wait a minute and the weather will change…. And so it does. My first thought: The poor daffodils!

These tulips arrived at my door yesterday afternoon – hand delivered by a friend and neighbor who lives downstairs in my condo building. I could “see” a big smile behind her mask.

What are these for? I asked.
To wish you good luck tonight and thank you for all you are doing on the board!

You see, my small world is now a study in contrasts. Last night the NH Art Association hosted a virtual “opening” of a special juried exhibition and two of my photographs were among those chosen to hang in the show. She and her husband were among my friends and family who were “attending.” She was hoping I would win a prize (I didn’t, but never expected to…the honor of inclusion was more than enough). I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. It was just the bright spot I needed.

The other side of my life? Being on the board of directors of my condo association since December. It’s my new practically full time “job.” The experience has not been as entirely positive or rewarding as peering through the lens of my camera and writing blog posts. In fact, sometimes it feels like I am back in middle school – and I was never a fan of middle school. That’s probably all I should say on the subject, but those of you who have ever been on a condo board likely understand. So, if you notice I have been absent from oneletterup, now you know why. I would much rather be here, but it is what it is. However, I am taking flight (almost literally) from home next week for a long weekend to visit my kids for the first time since our covidcation last August.

I’ll bring my camera, but try to leave the craziness behind.

30 thoughts on “Spring Snow

    1. Thank you. It is crazy weather – rain for you and 10″ of snow to the west. Here there is probably that much in the northern part of the state. Oh well, before we know it there will be sweltering heat!

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  1. Congratulations on having your photos included in the show! I’m not surprised though. I had wondered at not seeing you so often. My sister often shares stories with me about her condo board, so I get the “middle years” reference!

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    1. Thank you! I was really honored to be included with so many fine artists. My sympathies to your sister. There should be a support group somewhere (lol). It’s unbelievable how much time it takes.

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  2. Re the weather, another New England person said it best: (R. Frost)

    “You know how it is with an April day.
    When the sun is out and the wind is still,
    You’re one month on in the middle of May.
    But if you so much as dare to speak,
    a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
    And wind comes off a frozen peak,
    And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”

    I kind of know how you feel being included in the exhibit but not winning. When a chorus I sang in would finally give the concert, it was never quite as wonderful as the best rehearsals had been — and people said the darnedest things by way of “praise!”

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. The experience and viewing the exhibit (with my contributions in it) is the most satisfying part. Also thank you for sharing the Frost poem. It fits perfectly! 🙂

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