I lost the beard yesterday, foolishly thinking winter might be over.

Today would have been a blah of a day, except for the weather. I was idly catching up on email, nothing better to do on a grey rainy day, when rain suprisingly began to turn to huge wet three inch flakes of snow. Snow-pattys as it were. That livened up the afternoon some, and it's still coming down, quite a large storm for this part of the planet.

The bamboo is knocked flat on the ground, and so are a number of dead tree limbs, from this wet and heavy snow. So, apparently, are my power lines, as the power went out about an hour ago. So we've pulled out the lanterns and built up the fire, and put the laptops into low power mode, and are having a good old-timey winter night.