Wednesday afternoon. Winter is here and white, clean snow is all about. The entire area sleeps under this blanket. Schools are all closed, businesses too. City Halls are not open region wide. We are resting, waiting to get back to the busyness of life in a day, maybe two. Walking to the studio, just behind the house is dangerous as ice coats the sidewalk beneath the snow. Getting down the five big steps to the warehouse is even more difficult. I might as well be descending Mount Rainier. Still, no complaints will issue from these lips. I have needed a day of rest, I bet most people have. Once again, the universe has answered and we in the Pacific Northwest have taken the advice of our overly excited newscasters and stayed home. Hot tea and freshly made cookies. An afternoon to curl up with a now sleeping dog or two.