Well, not really, but this is about as close as we usually come here in Tacoma, WA USA to a snow day. Although snowfalls just a bit east of us, on the other side of the Cascade Mountains, can be epic, here at sea level we seldom get any more than this.
However, last year (I think it was in January) our area had something like 7 inches of snow all at once. We were traveling in the balmy Caribbean and missed it. In fact, we traveled in the early winter of both 2018 and 2019, so it’s been a while since we’ve seen snow of any amount—except on top of mountains way off in the distance.
We grew up in New England, so the sight of a real snow accumulation still warms my heart. One of the benefits of being retired is that, when risky weather strikes, we can just stay inside and admire it instead of having to brave it.
We have about 20 holiday trees all around the campus here at Franke Tobey Jones retirement community. Our activities director and her staff have been busily and creatively decorating them all, and the are all different. Let me show you three of them.
Here’s the rose gold tree in the corner of the lobby in the main building:
The snowman tree greets diners as they enter the dining room of the main building:
And in the corner of that dining room is the red tree:
For the past two years we were traveling around holiday time and didn’t get to savor all the decorations around our home town. So this year I’m determined to focus on appreciating them. Please indulge me as I share some of them with you.
Here’s the tree outside the restaurant where we had lunch last week with Rudolph the Shark:
Yesterday I had an appointment with the eye doctor and found this tree in the office waiting area:
And the atrium lobby of the office building had room to present this big one:
For a change of pace, here’s a candy sled we received from the staff:
I’m always amazed at how creative people can be. I never in a million years would have thought of using candy canes as sled runners, but of course they work absolutely perfectly. It’s almost as if candy canes were expressly created for this very purpose.