A foot of gorgeous fluffy-white powder snow battered by ice, rain and fog this past week. The milder weather, a momentary reprieve from the biting cold. Tree stumps and field grasses jutting out of dirty-white snow. Hilly back roads deep with ice, town crews working overtime to spread gravel to keep cars from sliding into road ditches. The river running high, mud-brown between shards and sheets of blue-green ice. Brief trips to town and short walks between ice storms and dangerous deep-freeze temperatures. Staying close to home, stoking the wood-stove, tackling desk work, curling up with movies and books. Soup simmering on the stove, whole grain rolls baking in the oven, bottomless pots of hot tea, hibernation mode in high gear.