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Instead of merely pushing snow into an unsightly pile, area's more creative minds turn it into works of art
A snow terra-cotta warrior guards a Fox Point yard.
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In front of the Maury Commons condominiums stood a snowy Southern belle in a hoop skirt. She was assembled during the height of Saturday's storm by two residents--known by their first names only, Pedro and Francisco--then decorated by JoAnne Jenks.
Jenkins gave her a hairdo of pine boughs and gold garland decorated with snowflakes. She added nickels for eyes and a curled piece of red plastic from some sort of Lego set for a mouth.
She draped a silver satin cape over her shoulders and a lavender ribbon around her waist.
Monday's warmer temperatures caused the snow lady's proportions to shift a bit--and the rouge on her face to melt and look ghoulish.
After Jenkins and her son did reconstructive surgery, the belle no longer had a waistline as slim as Scarlett O'Hara's--or a chest like Dolly Parton's.
WARM WEATHER DREAMS
Jerry Bradley was dreaming of better weather when she could get out in the garden again. That's why she made a snowman sitting in an Adirondack chair, with an umbrella, sunglasses and gardening gloves.
The snowman sits behind her house in the city, sipping something from a red cup.
Sweet tea, of course.
"After you shovel so you can get out and go to work, you have to have some fun," Bradley said.
A HAPPY VALENTINE?
If you're wondering what to give your special valentine, take a cue from the present someone left for the Girvan family of Fredericksburg.
The Girvans had been in Colorado for almost a week, where father and husband Ross Girvan had a conference. They came home Monday night to find a petite snow creature on their porch, with tiny bits of wood for eyes and bigger pieces of bark for buttons.
Daughters Emily and McKenzie added a colorful stocking cap and scarf.
The Girvans thought it was the perfect welcome-home gift, after they'd been to the mecca for skiers.
"Denver had no snow when we got there," Ross Girvan said. One of the ski resorts, Copper Mountain, "didn't have all its runs open because there wasn't enough snow."
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425