STOPPING BY WOODS……………..?

Could we really get some snow? If we do it will be unusual after our dry snowless winter in 2012.
I have followed the forecasts yesterday and today and it is “iffy” as it has been so often for our area…7-8 inches of snow possible….starting at Valley City but will it come as far as the RR Valley?
Who knows? I am on pins and needles because there is a committment made a long time ago to meet a college roommate tonight. After being caught in a bad snow storm in the Alexandria area a few years ago I am not willing to take that chance again. It was very frightening. I also had some touch- and- go trips before I retired….during the winter of 1997 when every other day in December and January brought either a storm or wind that created ground blizzards. I had one trip where I thought I was not going to make it and I was very scared out on Highway 10 west of Lake Park.
So I wait and check the radio weather forecasts and read the FORUM updates online…..what to do, what to do?????
I have a desire to hunker down and stay home for the next 24-36 hours.
I am thinking of Robert Frost’s classic and well- known poem about a wintery night when snowy was filling up a wooded area. So here it is:

STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!