Read This! A Penguin Story


Our weather this weekend calls for a snowy read. In A Penguin Story, written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis, Edna, our penguin heroine, is on a quest. She wants to find something that is not white or black or blue, like all the things that surround her in the snowy Antarctic. She sets out alone and discovers something amazing! Lovely illustrations and great fun. You can find a few more recommendation for great picture books about snow here.

Read This! A Penguin Story

The Snowiest Week of My Life

A week ago today, it started snowing:

The snow starts...

When it ended more than 24 hours later, we had 26 inches of snow on the ground in our back yard.

Back Yard.

It wasn’t so bad this first snow fall. It was a lot of snow. Jami was a shoveling champ – but I had had a long and busy two weeks previous, and wasn’t sad to have an excuse to stay inside and be a little lazy.


Monday morning the Federal government was closed, but my office was open and Jami and I trucked into work.

commuting in snow

Tuesday afternoon, the second snow storm hit. (Jami and I are still at work, the Federal government is still closed.)

Wednesday morning, my office was still saying it was open. I did not go. This is what it looked like:


It was officially a blizzard. I’ve got a good work ethic, but I’m not crazy. We got at least another foot in that storm.

our snowy house

Thursday, metro was underground only, with trains every 30 minutes. I went to work. Our street has still not be plowed since Saturday night. The power in one of our two office buildings wasn’t working (luckily not mine). Need I mention, that the Federal government was closed?

This morning, we got our newspaper delivered for the first time in a week. The Federal Government reopened. We have high hopes for the mail having been delivered by the time we get home (the only day it got delivered this week was Tuesday). I am no longer the only research librarian in the office. Things are looking up. Now if this snow they are calling for on Monday could just go somewhere else, I’d be a very happy girl.

The Snowiest Week of My Life

Our Famous Hound

Snowy Basset Hound

We had quite the snowy weekend here in DC. Charles was in heaven; he loves being a snowy explorer. And now he’s famous for it – he’s the first pet pictured on this post from Prince of Petworth. Be sure to keep scrolling, our friends’ cat, Monty is the 7th picture down.

Walter quite agrees with Monty. He is not all about the snow. In fact, he much prefers warm weather as you can see here:

Walter at the window

Our Famous Hound