Rose, however, was pining for snow, making wistful observations about the chances of a white Christmas.
Sometimes, though, when you have no snow, you make your own!
This photo is from Saturday, a clear, relatively-mild day for December. That white stuff that Joy is gleefully kicking looks for all the world like snow, but look a little closer...
That's not snow, it's cattail fluff! Turns out that the brown part of the cattail is actually made up of densely-packed seeds, each attached to a bit of fluff to carry it away on the wind. When you unpack a dried cattail, it explodes into more "snow" than you ever thought possible! (Even up close, it looks a little like frost-tracings, doesn't it?)
Fortunately, at least to the girls' minds, we had no need to turn to the cattails on Sunday:
Above is the scene in our garden, glorious sticky mantle-of-white all over the fence and the stacked tomato-cages.
And there goes Joy, ready to revel!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...