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Who says it never snows on a Kona coffee farm?
14 December 2009


It does occasionally snow in Hawaii.  Not at our Kona coffee farm but up at the top of the volcano it does.  The peak is nearly 14,000 feet and that's high enough that it is very cold, even in the middle of summer.  Winter storms often deposit snow up there.  The road gets closed regularly.

Some day, after a big winter storm, I'm going to drive up to the snow with my truck, fill the back with snow, then bring it down to the beach and throw snowballs at the unsuspecting tourists.  That should be all sorts of fun.

We have snow in our living room this year.  Every day a few more snowflakes are added to the collection.  Between the girls and all our friends, I suspect we'll have a whole houseful of snow by the time Christmas arrives.  Every flake is different and it's great fun to walk around the house, looking at all the different patterns.

I took pictures of Sarah and her friend Alexis as they made some snowflakes.  Here are the instructions:

Step1 1) Start with a piece of paper.  The girls have decided that a half sheet works best because a full sheet won't stay open very well.  I tried an eighth of a sheet but that's too small and difficult to cut.  Whatever size  you start with, fold it in half diagonally.  Cut off the extra to make it square.
Step2 2) Fold the sheet of paper in half diagonally again.  So far things should be fairly straightforward.  If you've messed up already then you fail snowflake class, no hot cocoa for you.
Step3 3) Make a third fold then unfold the fold you just made and fold each half from the outside into the middle.  This part is a bit tricky.  Move your mouse cursor over the picture for a close-up view.
Step4 4) Now refold along the crease you made in step 2.  This will get you a nice triangle that you can cut your snowflake pattern into.  The bottom tip should be the center of the piece of paper while the top is all the outside edges.

Cut off the top edges so they're all even.  This will make the snowflake round instead of square.  Octagonal actually but I get harassed every time I mention this.  It's not the octagon observation that bothers people so much as my lecture about how real snowflakes are closer to hexagons than octagon.  Apparently it doesn't matter how many sides a paper snowflake have, as long as it's pretty.
Step5 5) This step is where all the talent and creativity comes into play.  Make sure you don't cut all the way across or else you'll have a much smaller snowflake.  Other than that, there aren't any rules.
Step6 6) A good pair of scissors will help with the more intricate patterns.  Sarah made a snowflake with little Christmas trees on the end and another with heart patterns.  Of course she and Emily are experts so don't feel bad if your first try doesn't come out so fancy.
Step7 7) Unfold carefully then say "Oooo!  Pretty!"  Now repeat about a zillion times and you can decorate your living room too.

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