Days of wine and Rosy and memories that will warm with time

NEIGHBORS

January 21, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Greetings from the hibernating front! Like everyone else around here, we have been snowed in for the last three days. Or rather, iced in.

It's funny what this impromptu vacation does to you: In some ways you get to know yourself -- and others.

For example, my sister Rosy, who hates the cold, hasn't poked her nose out of the house in five days. She also hates to cook, so she has had to eat whatever I've come up with.

But she also hates to see any creature suffer, and that includes birds, rabbits and raccoons. So three or four times daily, she gathers all the leftovers, smears them with peanut butter and seeds, bundles herself in every hat and coat around, and trudges through the ice rink we call our garden to fill the bird feeders. It then takes her a half-hour to warm up, even with mulled wine in her mug.

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My husband, Mark, stayed home, too. That means there have been six of us, the occasional guest, plus assorted waves of visiting children locked in a small house. It's been fun.

Really, I mean that, to my astonishment. I guess that's because this snowbound vacation is in some ways time-out-of-time. In the usual run of our weekends and vacations, we run frantically about like Chicken Little, doing errands, commuting to leisure activities, fulfilling commitments to religion and charity and performing our seasonal chores.

Our leisure is as scheduled as our work time, with a less forgiving boss and a never-ending list of activities. The performance reviews are rarely flattering, either.

But this ice-bound holiday has been a gift from an unconcerned Nature to our harried selves. We have the uninterrupted leisure to discover ourselves. And discover we have:

Freed from the pressures of work and from his commitments to run role-playing games for our friends this week, Mark has spent time learning my nephew Noel's new Magic card game.

My sister Rosy has spent her non-bird-feeding time converting the lower bunk of her son's bunk bed into a space landscape suitable for the Lego sets Noel received at Christmas.

She also has painted planets on the wall, built alien landscapes ++ (three- and four-level play platforms painted and sculpted with paper mache,) run Christmas lights to illuminate the nooks and crannies, and generally had a fine old time surrounded by power tools, paint and glue.

And what has your humble author done with her unaccustomed and uncommitted leisure? Languid upon the couch, tea and chocolate in her hands, she has observed it all.

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The Savage Community Association announces a general meeting the end of this month, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Carroll Baldwin Hall.

The topic is one near to our roads, if not our hearts: the possible new Redskins football stadium in Laurel.

I've never understood a city paying for a private business facility (Howard County won't build me a writing studio,) so I am pleased that Jack Kent Cooke plans to spend his own money on the facility for his team business.

I can't look with unalloyed pleasure at a weekend neighbor four times the population of Laurel a mile and a half south of here. On the other hand, there are benefits to the stadium for our area.

If you have any opinions, concerns or mere curiosity, come to the general meeting where representatives of Mr. Cooke and of the Redskins will explain their plans and hopes for this area. This meeting will begin with a very brief business session to elect new officers and board members of the SCA.

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Commuters may have observed another new stoplight going up on U.S. 1, this one at the ramp from Route 32 into town. The state sent the Savage Community Association a letter outlining the plans for the intersection. A stoplight is going up there that will be synchronized with the Howard Street light, and the exit ramp from Route 32 will be divided into two lanes.

That means there will be four stop lights on a 1-mile stretch of U.S. 1. A little more of this, and we'll think we're in Glen Burnie. Finally, after the new lights are in, the state will evaluate splitting the timing of the green lights on Corridor Road, so that those turning left from Howard and right from Corridor do not kiss fenders.

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Bill Waff, the current president of the SCA, was one of the people instrumental in getting the County Council to pass a bill that requires more public notice for local residents and community associations whenever a zoning variance is sought by a landowner. This bill should keep zoning surprises to a minimum.

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There's a new Connect a Ride bus service that goes from Savage, through Bolling Brook, the Savage Library and the Health Center down to Laurel Shopping Center. The Savage Library has schedules in the lobby.

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