A little Christmas snow

It started around noon as a rain-snow mix. Then at 1 p.m., it changed to snow. And a half-hour later, it began to stick around our Ballard home. So we jumped in the SUV with the camera and ran up to Phinney Ridge.

The snow is sticking on the roadways.

Woodland Park Zoo looks like a winter wonderland.

Near 8th Ave. on the Ballard side (can’t remember exactly where).

Then as soon as we drove west of 15th Ave., the snow stopped. Barely a flake on the ground at Market and Ballard. Meanwhile, in “Upper Ballard” and Phinney Ridge, the snow is still falling (as of 2:45 p.m.) But the forecast says it should be turning to rain by later this afternoon.

Update at 3:15: It looks like the snow has stopped falling.

Shopping rush clogs supermarkets

I made the mistake of driving down to Ballard Market this afternoon (3 p.m. on Christmas Eve), the epicenter of last-minute grocery shopping. The market’s small parking lot was packed, and people were trying to parallel park in both directions down that narrow road just to the north of the store.

But Ballard drivers are a polite bunch, so no road rage to report.

‘BallardSingles.com’ signs sprouting up

You’ve probably seen those SeattleSingles.com signs around Seattle, but now BallardSingles.com signs are sprouting up around our neighborhood. (I’ll save you the trouble of visiting the site — it’s just a long form asking for all your personal information with the promise of meeting “quality single men and women” in Ballard.) Anyway, I looked around and couldn’t find any other Seattle neighborhood with the same site. No CapitolHillSingles.com. NoQueenAnneSingles.com. Well, obviously. Everyone knows that Ballard is the hoppin’ place for Seattle singles (actually, sort of, it is).

New fence blocks free parking at QFC

Parking is a headache in central Ballard, to say the least. And it’s only getting worse. Construction crews have built a fence around the boarded-up QFC on 24th Ave., blocking one of Ballard’s most popular free parking lots. Drat!

Demolition is scheduled to begin any day now. An eight-story apartment building called “Ballard on the Park” is coming in late 2009.

City installing sidewalk ramps

Scooting down the sidewalks on 67th Ave NW is becoming easier. The old sidewalks from Division to 9th Ave NW are being cut up to make way for wheel-friendly ramps. While the “No Parking” signs say the project should’ve been completed by now, The City of Seattle Street Maintenance division tells us that the project will go into January. The crews are working on the north side of the street first, followed by the south side. Moms with strollers rejoice! No more jerking baby awake as you attempt to cross the street.