Snow’s Last Stand (We Hope)

2018-02-13 winter frost a

This was the view from the inside of the car window this morning. Exquisite patterns of frost clusters were glued to every inch of the car!  I turned on the heat and the window defrosters, but was almost sad to do so. It felt rather like erasing someone’s art work. Indeed, it IS someone’s artwork – God’s.

2018-02-13 winter sunrise 4 sun pillar

We had a pillar sunrise this morning, with the glorious ball of light pointing heavenward at its creator. (Unfortunately, it was not well captured by my camera.) It lasted only a few minutes, then abruptly changed a horizontal streak of yellow light.

2018-02-13 winter sunrise 9 sideways pillar

I stood by the kitchen sliding door and looked out in amazement. It didn’t last long. Far too quickly, it went back to just white, white, white everywhere.

2018-02-13 snow on kitchen deck b

Tomorrow the snow is supposed to melt, which we are eager to see happen. It makes for lovely pictures, but miserable driving and an awful lot of shoveling. We’re hoping that this is the last big snowfall of winter.

2018-02-13 winter frost c

 

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Then Out Came The Sun…

2018-01-19 animal tracks and snow waves f

It’s still winter, but we have sunshine and the snow has been melting!

2018-01-17 sun snow and swing a

Looking out the window, I can see the snow on the swing melting.

2018-01-19 animal tracks and snow waves b

The wavy snow in the yard has some sort of animal tracks going through it.

2018-01-19 animal tracks in snow c

In fact, it looks like a couple critters have been through.

2018-01-18 sunshine on ice-glazed rock

Time for a walk. The rock by the front door is covered with an icy glaze that is melting in the sunshine.

2018-01-19 duck pond and snow

The duck pond is still empty and silent.

2018-01-19 duck pond and reeds

The reeds along the edge of the pond are dead and brown.

2018-01-19 pine trees and sunshine

The pine trees stand tall and proud in the blaze of the brilliant sun.

2018-01-19 pine tree close-up

A lone pine cone, waiting for winter to end.

As long as the sun shines, I know that winter will end and spring will come again.

Time For Sleeping Bags

Last night we were under a wind chill advisory, and I could actually feel tiny puffs of cold air blowing in around the bottom of the window and sliding door frames. So I rolled some thin blankets against the edge of the worst windows, and got out our one lone sleeping bag to put in front of the kitchen slider. When I pulled the sleeping bag away from the glass door this morning, this is what I saw:

2018-01-05 ice on inside of sliding door c

Then I went downstairs to start the laundry. Brrr, it’s cold down here! I checked the temperature by the basement sliding door, and it found it to be 53 degrees compared to the 71 degrees on the main floor.

2018-01-05 53 degrees by basement slider

As I was going to be working in the basement, I moved the sleeping back to the basement door. It did manage to bring the temperature by the door up to about 60 degrees.

2018-01-05 60 degrees by basement slider

I think about those families living in the Dakota territory in the wintertime back in the 1800s. No insulation, furnaces, parkas or Ugg boots to keep warm. Just wood-burning stoves and scratchy wool blankets. I have the utmost respect for folks who could survive winters like 1880-1881, with seven long months of blizzards and unending snow. I am a wimp…

2018-01-05 Coleman sleeping bag

Truly Winter

2017-12-28 snowy swing trees b

It started on Christmas Day. The snow coated the swings where I worked on quilt flowers last summer.

 

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I sat inside with my cup of coffee, and admired God’s handiwork.

 

2018-01-02 glittery snow on deck

Almost every day, a little more snow fell…

 

2018-01-03 snow fort d

There was enough for a snow tunnel!

 

2018-01-03 snow fort a

Deep piles of snow!

 

2017-12-31 looking at cul-de-sac

The sun was shining with all its might, but the temperature was minus 1. Windshield wipers were tipped up so that they wouldn’t freeze to the windshield.

 

2018-01-03 lumpy snow yard c

The yard was a lumpy white field with hills in it.

 

2018-01-03 snow on deck f

The snow outside the kitchen sliding door was over a foot high.

 

2018-01-02 lonely snowy mailbox

The mailbox huddled miserably in a mound of the white stuff.

 

2017-12-31 Huge snowpile at end of driveway

After clearing the snow at the end of the driveway, the snow mound was taller than the cars parked in the street.

 

2018-01-03 snow shovel against brick wall

We’ll keep the shovel handy until we get that January thaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgin Snow

2017-12-07 First snowfall q

It finally happened – our first snowfall!

 

2017-12-07 First snowfall j Uggs

Time to take a walk in the snow with my faithful Ugg boots.

 

2017-12-07 First snowfall n

We call this the hybrid tree – two trees inseparable and growing into one.
During the summer months it looks like a giant pineapple.

 

2017-12-07 First snowfall m

The lamp of Narnia that never turns off. Notice all the cute orange-tipped sticks that the city put in the ground a month ago.

 

2017-12-07 First snowfall k car

Oh no, where did we put the snow brush?

 

2017-12-07 First snowfall o

The orange sticks are meant to show the snowplows where the edge of the road is so that they don’t dig up up the grass along the sidewalk. Sadly, many of them are already knocked down or bent.

2017-12-07 First snowfall r

Time to put the feet up and watch the snow from inside with a glass of eggnog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Range-Free Chicken Eggs

2017-03-16 free range chicken eggs b

A couple days ago my daughter-in-law’s mother stopped by to five us these free-range chicken eggs that she had gotten from a co-worker. They are different sizes and colors, and remind me of new life and springtime.

Winter can’t stay forever. The snow in the yard has dwindled down to almost nothing.

2017-03-17 snow on north side c

Easy to tell which direction is north.

 

2017-03-17 snow on north side e

About the time I tell myself this is the day that the last of that blasted snow will melt and we will have spring, the snow begins yet again…

2017-03-17 snow again

(sigh)

 

 

Winter’s Last Stand

2017-03-13 Palmer Hills Dr trees h

Scenes from – hopefully – my last snowy winter walk.

 

2017-03-13 turkey tracks in snow

Turkey tracks in the snow. I caught sight of a family of four wild turkeys, looking scrawny and half-starved at the end of winter. They would not stand still for a picture.

 

2017-03-13 snowy trees

The deciduous trees are still totally bare.

 

2017-03-13 Palmer Hills Dr trees g

The evergreens keep their green-ness year around.

 

2017-03-15 snow melting on deck

Snow sometimes melts in weird patterns.

 

2017-03-13 Palmer Hills Dr trees c

Ah, sunshine…