Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Smell of Snow!

A purple glow invaded my consciousness as I opened my eyes. My nose felt cold... in fact, my whole face felt cold above the warm cloud of comforter. Slowly twisting to glance at the clock, it read 5:50 AM.

Strangely, this did not elicit groaning from my sleepy brain. 

I felt my system rapidly buzzing, my whole body was waking up very quickly.  I knew that any attempt at sleeping further would be entirely futile.The realization that my cheeks and skin were flushing in the cold early morning air was certainly strange though... isn't our bedroom still inside the house? 

 Carefully and gently, I extricated myself from the steaming warmth of the blankets and padded into the bathroom.

The tiles felt freezing.

I grabbed my robe and tip-toed into the kitchen. Opening the side door I peeked out into the blue gray air. Frost had covered the grass and trees like a transparent white glaze; mist was floating and rolling around the yard. 

I took a deep breath in and sensed something else in the fresh air... something besides the crisp early morning dew, besides the musty smell of dry leaves and earth and beyond the clean smell of the night's rainfall. 

I was inhaling the scent of snow.

Today was going to be an exciting day. 


There's something magical about the smell of the sky when snow is building inside the fluffy, silver depths of the clouds.

That smell makes me long for fall in Vermont.

 I want to see the cascading flush of crimson, gold, orange, yellow and brown leaves again, hear the morning silence as the fog falls in billows down to the meadow, chased away by the pink and glowing gold of dawn.

I want to breathe in the fragrance of maple syrup warming on the stove as it mingles with the scent of freshly ground coffee and biscuits; spreading out from the kitchen like buttery fingers wafting through the entire house, both upstairs and down.

I want to see the frost on the trees and the first large flakes that fall in slow-motion; fat and outlined against the street-light lit blue evening.

I can almost feel the first, gentle winter winds pricking my cheeks and tickling my eyes with tears as my  scarf is blown about.


Winter is coming and I know because this morning, I scented snow. 



  1. I smelled it, too. It smells like rain, but colder.

    I heard a rumor that it'll snow this weekend. You need to head for the hills and see the salmon colored aspen leaves before the snow knocks them all down!

    1. I glimpsed the snow briefly early Friday and Saturday mornings, what about you? Did you make it to the mountains? I have a mission to try and see the aspen soon. :-D <3

  2. A very "cool" read.

    I really enjoy the descriptiveness because you took me there. Loved the detail, from the specific time to the tile temperature to that interesting description of the cold nose above the steamy blankets.

    If this was a lure, I might have just got hooked on your writing. Good one.

    1. Brian,

      I'm so happy you like my writing! :-D I hope you continue to enjoy reading... I'll make sure to keep using this style of lure and not digress to niblets or wax worms for you. ;-)


  3. Your blog makes me want to pack up my newly window-ed rav 4 and head directly back to NH, VT, or ME without stopping. I don't think you can ever get New England out of your blood. Especially the northern three. People will say to me "I grew up in CT!" but let's be honest, I've lived in the Hudson Valley for years and CT? It's just an extension of NYC/NY. :) This weekend was just one long reminder of why I belong home. Take me home country roads... :)