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December 04, 2005

It's Snowing!!

I'm going to enjoy this snowstorm. This time next year, The Count and I will probably be living in Hawaii. It doesn't snow in Hawaii. Once The Royal Spawn is safely tucked away in college, we are getting out of New England. It's too cold up here, and summer doesn't last long. The Count grew up in Hawaii, and he's been wanting to return there for several years. He told me to enjoy today's snow storm, because it will be one of the last ones I'll ever see. I have no problem with that.

I have my Christmas music ready. Here's some of what I'm going to listen to.

"Meowy Christmas" - I love Jingle Cats. It's so tacky it's enjoyable.

"The Trans-Siberian Express" - I've heard of them, but never listened to them before. I like orchestral Christmas music.

"Celtic Christmas" - I already have some Celtic Christmas music, but I just got a new one. What's funny is that lots of this music is really funeral dirges, but I like it anyway.

"Windham Hill Christmas I" - I started listening to Windham Hill in the early '80s. I love them. I like New Age music.

"Windham Hill Celtic Christmas" - More Windham Hill. More Celtic music.

"Schooner Fare - Home For The Holidays" - I heard Schooner Fare for the first time in college. I like folk Christmas music, too. I have this on tape, but I needed it on CD so I could play it. The tape player is busted.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" - No Christmas would be complete without Charlie Brown. That reminds me - I have to get a tree.

I also have, on tape, "Music Americana Christmas radio show", "Mannheim Steamroller", Emmylou Harris, and some other New Age Christmas music. I taped the Music Americana Christmas special when it was on the radio in 1984. Sadly, I don't have a working tape recorder, so I can't listen to any of this.

I have "Anonymous 4" on CD. I'll have to drag that one out soon. I like Medieval music as well. I'm a sucker for Renaissance music, even if it's rock-based like Steeleye Span.

Posted on December 4, 2005 at 10:09 AM | Permalink


I have heard many people say they miss the change of seasons when they move to a tropical climate after living in a temperate one their entire life.

Posted by: NYMOM at Dec 4, 2005 10:36:56 AM

I don't think I miss Tel Aviv's change of seasons; what I do miss is the fact that for 8 or 9 months of the year I could go out without sweating like a dog. Weather-wise I think the ideal place in the world is the Pacific coast from about Santa Barbara to Vancouver.

Posted by: Alon Levy at Dec 4, 2005 11:14:57 AM

Alon, The Count used to live in Portland, Oregon. He loved the climate there. However, he grew up in Hawaii, and is dying to move there. We will, next year.

NYMOM, The Count told me I wouldn't miss the change of seasons at all when we move. That's why I'm enjoying the snow now. I might miss snow at Christmas in Hawaii, but I won't miss this cold New England weather.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 4, 2005 11:39:45 AM

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is BIG right now, especially since it was used in the widely-circulated "xmaslights" video. GREAT stuff! It's like orchestral music, but the rock version. You've got to see the video (I have it at my site) too!

As an aside while I'm commenting anyway, have you seen this?


Posted by: Beth at Dec 4, 2005 9:48:49 PM

"I might miss snow at Christmas in Hawaii, but I won't miss this cold New England weather."

That's what most people who mentioned it say they miss...the snow at Christmas, but some have said fall colors (especially where you are) and the spring changes...

Posted by: NYMOM at Dec 4, 2005 11:34:18 PM

No snow = no snow days. Snow days are great! Although I guess in Hawaii you may have typhoon or volcanic ash days instead.

Posted by: Tavi at Dec 5, 2005 12:08:22 AM

I saw the award, Beth. Someone emailed it to me. I had no idea I was nominated. I think this is the Wizbang awards. I make the Koufax Awards every year, and I usually end up a finalist, but this is the first time I've made the Wizbang Awards.

Thanks for the congrats.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 5, 2005 9:40:24 AM

Great. Volcanic ash days. I'm sure The Royal Spawn would have a fit over that. I have a feeling I'll be enjoying my garden and the beach so much in Hawaii I won't miss the cold weather of New England.

I'm looking forward to having a garden that blooms year-round. I've already told The Count that I'm going to make a Japanese zen garden with koi. I'm going to buy a replica statue of Frank Lloyd Wright's Garden Sprite, which would look gorgeous in that garden. I have an Asian styled statue that was a promotional gift with the first Tomb Raider movie. That will look gorgeous in that garden as well. The statue is currently in our bedroom. I also have a bird girl statue that will go in another section of the garden.

The best thing will be having an herb garden that is green all year. We like to cook with fresh herbs, especially the ones I grow, but this house gets too much shade. Plus it's a bit too cool here, even in the summer. The herbs don't grow that well in my current herb garden.

Hawaii, here I come!

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 5, 2005 9:45:38 AM