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We’ve already used up two days of March and I still can’t believe it.  I know I say it all the time…but where did the time go?  I’m always amazed at how short February is, the last full month of winter and now spring is just around the corner.

We had (what I’m assuming to be) one last snow Saturday night.  It was a great surprise to wake up Sunday morning to a winter white dusting.  We have a window at the head of our bed instead of a headboard, so I can curl around and peak out the curtain at sunshine, rain, or snow without having to touch toes to the floor.  Sunday is one of the two mornings that I get to sleep in, but when I woke up at 8:50 and saw the snow, I let Chris come back to bed (he’d been up for over an hour on toddler duty) and took Nora out to build her first snowman.

I love Nantucket, but I’m sad about the winters here.  We’re about 10 degrees warmer than the mainland, and I watched Facebook jealously this winter as my friends posted pictures of snow piled up to their knees in New York and Iowa.  Even my mom and family in north Texas got more snow and ice this year than we did in Nantucket!  And whenever we would get any tiny amount, it quickly melted away.  So when I saw the magical snow “storm” Sunday morning, I knew I needed to get Nora out before it was gone.  (As you can see it was already going quickly.)

She had a pretty good time trying to roll snow and watching me build the most lopsided snowman ever.  We gave him a sailor’s hat, since we live 30 miles out to sea and all, and a half-chewed carrot nose.

(Just taste-testing, Mama, before you WASTE it.)

Nora was pretty interested in him, but also a little confused about why her mittens were dangling from sticks on his sides (for the record, she took them off herself, I didn’t steal them from her fingers for the snowman, I promise).  She did not, though, want her picture taken standing next to him.  It was one thing to look at him and point out his “eyes” and “nose” but quite another to be told to stand still and smile.

This was the best I could get.

Not quite next to the snowman and not smiling, but not crying either.  Oh well, there’s always next year…

As a side note, I’m a little bit in denial about spring because I’m behind where I wanted to be on the store.  Somehow I just thought things would be a little bit easier than this…but I’m so, so, optimistic that it will happen and that it will be great.  I just need to keep plugging away!

I’ve been reading quite a bit about “crowd funding” which is what I’m trying to do to raise money, and decided it might be helpful to set up a collect page through one of the many crowd funding websites.  I hadn’t done this before, because they charge fees and I already lose a percent to PayPal, but I think that people might respond better when they can see how it’s going and how many other people have donated, etc., as opposed to the reduced transparency with me just doing it through the Papoose website. So I setup a page on Pay It Square.  You can view it, see how I’m doing, and make a donation here.  There’s also buttons on the page to share it on your social network.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for the possibility of two or three major investors in the next few weeks.  I can’t say anything more, but I’ll keep you posted if it works out!  And I had the most amazing surprise when I opened my mail today — a $1000 check from an old friend.  I couldn’t be more surprised and amazed at the generosity and support.  Just what I needed to keep me going!  Thank you.  I also received my first membership payment today!!  It’s going to be a beautiful spring.


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