(five) February 2008. Our front yard is so tiny – not much bigger than a postage stamp. We don’t get a lot of snow here. I’ve lived here for almost twenty years, and I can count on one hand the number of significant snowfalls I’ve seen with 8″-10″ (or more) of accumulation. In 2008 we had a lot of snow – and this late snow towards the end of February was uncharateristic. It aligned with the Mardi Gras celebrations just down the street – a Saturday of revelry that keeps us confined to home because the streets are either closed or packed with partiers. We went outside that morning to people watch and make a snowman. It was huge! Even after rolling these tremendous boulders, there was still a lot of snow on the ground. Our snow guy looked so gigantic – especially since our yard is small and sits up a couple of feet from the sidewalk. By the end of the day, the street had emptied. The sidewalks were slushy, and our snowman had dozens of beads around his neck. The bushes in our front yard are as tall as the window sills now, and we have a different security company. I can see a building permit posted in the window – we’ve had one taped to that glass for many of the years we’ve lived here. Soon we’ll have another one. I hope it’s a tame winter!