It could have been snow, I said to Doug as the fourth day of rain began. The vestiges of hurricane Ian met some wind and formed what some forecasters called a Nor’ Easter. 

 So far, we’ve had four + inches of rain; that would  would have been a bunch of snow — 

This varies depending on the type of snow, but to make 1 inch of water (rain), you need 10 inches of average snow, 4 to 5 inches of wet snow, or 15 inches of powdery snow. ( Almanc  ) 

Whew . . .  

That sheds a whole new light on practicing an attitude of gratitude.  

So does “reading” history and biographies.

Having finished Traitor King, I am more grateful  that David (Edward VIII) gave up his throne, then I ever was — and that his younger brother “did his duty.” 

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(Thank God for “the servants” in the aftermath of Ian and the western fires!)

Now reading No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin, I am grateful for a fresh portrait of people and events I thought I knew. And their wisdom applies today:

“We do not have to become heroes overnight,” Eleanor once wrote. “Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” ― Doris Kearns Goodwin, No Ordinary Time

 Our neighborhood Bible study has finished studying the first twelve chapters of the Gospel of John — I am grateful  for a fresh inquiry into a gospel story I thought I knew pretty well.  

John’s account of the Christ never disappoints.*  

So, I am grateful we won’t be shoveling ourselves out of a blizzard tomorrow; because given the craziness of the uncertain times, it really could have been snow!   

Sorrow and ill weather come unsent for. ~Scottish proverb

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* Michal Card’s comments on  the Gospel of John 

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