★ Tedious and just short of loathsome. Vague promises of snow produced instead a cold, needly rain, with a few flakes blown in for not-very-interesting contrast. Discarded things stuck to the wet pavement in the evening: kinked twine, plastic sheeting, a crumpled something that was either an elbow-length glove or an unwanted umbrella sheath. At bedtime, the kindergartener clambered up and over and through the headboard and footboard of the big bed. Recess time, he said, had been spent indoors, watching a movie.