Snow To The Windowsill, And The Great Wall Of Webner

Snow to the windowsill, with buried bushes underneath

Columbus was hit with another blizzard today.  As of 6 p.m., I’d say another six inches had fallen on New Albany, and more is supposed to be on the way.

The firm closed early due to horrible road conditions, and traffic moved at a crawl on the drive home as snow continued to fall at a rapid rate.  When I got home I promptly changed into snow gear, grabbed my trusty long-handled, flat-edged shovel, and began the latest driveway snow-clearing exercise.

This is perhaps the fourth large snow storm we’ve had in the last two weeks, and because temperatures have stayed at or below freezing during that entire time period there has been very little snow melt. The massive resulting accumulation of snow poses some difficult challenges for the shoveler.

The Great Wall Of Webner

On one side of my driveway, next to the house, the snow has been piled about as high as it can go, to a point only a few inches below the windowsill.  On the other side is the Great Wall of Webner, where the snowmass is about five feet high and growing with each new falling flake.  The Great Wall is a gnarly mixture of ice shards, packed snow, and slush, with a fresh white dusting on top.  The weight and density of the pile is such that, were a lump of coal at the bottom, it would even now be assuming diamond form due to the immense pressure.  It takes some effort to toss even more snow to the top of the pile.

Snow on the rear patio bannister

In the meantime, the yard and grounds have taken on an alien look.  Snow is perched precariously on the bannister on the back patio, as if Jack Frost has been playing some wintry game of Jenga.  In the front yard many of the the bushes are completely buried by snow, and several of the shrubs separating our property from that of our neighbor are bent down to the ground with the weight of the snow.

It took me about an hour or so to shovel our driveway clear of snow, and by the time I reached the foot of the drive the area next to the garage, where I had begun my efforts, was already covered by another inch of fresh snow.  As I put away the shovel for the night, the snow continued to fall.  I’ll be shoveling again tomorrow morning.

2010 Ohioana Book Festival

The planning for the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival is well underway.  The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 8 at the Ohioana and State Library Building at 274 East First Avenue, just north of downtown Columbus.

Ohioana recently confirmed 10 featured authors for the Festival, and it is a pretty cool and diverse group.  The ten are, in alphabetical order, David Catrow, Dan Chaon, Jennifer Chiaverini, Lori Foster, Nikki Giovanni, Andrew Hudgins, Angela Johnson, Lisa Klein, David Lee Morgan, Jr., and Ted Rall.  So, you have a great mix of poets, novelist, political cartoonists, illustrators, a children’s author, and a sportswriter, all of whom have strong Ohio connections.

The Festival is an excellent opportunity to listen to people who care about writing and books, to browse the works of Ohio writers and poets, and to listen to presentations by individual authors and artists as well as panel discussions on a wide range of topics.  Last year’s Festival was a great success, and this year’s Festival promises to be even better.