The man I love has a birthday today. And rather than post a photo of him (almost assuredly eliciting an ungrateful "I look stupid"), I instead show you what his front yard looked like one year ago today. Throughout the day, the snow continued to fall, then turned to ice, increasing the number of no-shows to his big birthday dinner. Not a problem. The three friends who did show up had a good time. And there was more cake for everyone. No party plans this year, but still we'd prefer weather that's somewhat less threatening.