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Thinking of everyone crippled by these catastrophic storms: “The record-setting cold that has gripped the central U.S. has pushed snow cover across the 48 contiguous states to an all-time high in the 18-year database of the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center. Snow covers about 73.2% of the U.S. to an average depth 6 inches (15 centimeters), according to the agency. A year ago 35.5% was covered to an average depth of 4.6 inches.” Via Bloomberg Quint

Texans, in particular, face a really dangerous situation. (Here’s a list of ways to help.)

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Our quince tree is in bloom, one of the first signs that spring is around the corner! I’m looking forward to using one of the days of the long weekend to get outside into the sunshine on a hike to appreciate those subtle changes and get my mind off things like school board meetings and impeachment trials.

What do you have planned for the weekend? We’ll do something with the kids on Sunday to mark Valentine’s Day and then I need to think on how we want to spend their spring break this year. We’re also moving out of our kitchen and living room for a week or two while our floors are refinished. Just some of this and that.

If you feel like you’re hitting a wall lately, I read something on a meme the other day that stuck with me that went something like this, ‘sometimes a wall is there for you to lean on and take a break.’ I thought that was a nice image and wish you all some rest this long weekend!

Here, also, are some Valentine’s posts from years past that you might enjoy:

How are real women around me celebrating? And how would they like to be?

A gift guide for your valentine.

KidLit about love.

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Sorry to have missed last week’s check in! We had some crazy rain and wind in Davis and much of the town lost power for a few days—it threw us all, quite literally, off course! But California needed some water, and I’m happy to see we got feet of snow in the Sierras (reminded me of #Februburied).

Our little babe turns seven tomorrow (as she’s been letting everyone know all week!), so I’m posting early and taking off to celebrate. We’re going to go skiing on the day, and then have a few friends joining her for a zoom party on Saturday morning (along with a mermaid to entertain). Hopefully we can make the day special for her! She makes every day special for us. Her gift request? “A comb that folds out of a circle.” I think she means one of these. Here are some looks back at the last seven years.

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