Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Winter Snow Storm

 I can't say that it was unexpected. Every news channel had reported the same thing: Something cold and wicked this way comes. Two, maybe four, inches of snow were predicted for my neck of the woods. I stocked up on groceries, same as everyone else in town, and bought extra bird seed. By mid-morning, seven inches of snow had fallen on the hilltop.















We have a large songbird population on the hill, but it didn't take long for the blackbirds to arrive. Like my mama says, "Blackbirds have to eat, too." Quite a few Red Winged Blackbirds gathered on the platform feeders. These birds have a reputation for being bold, but, aside from quarreling with themselves, they left the cardinals alone.





If I step near a window, the blackbirds swoop off into the trees, and there are quite a few trees on this hill. 

As the snow came down, my husband got a wild hair. I wasn't surprised. He thinks it's a badge of honor to drive during a blizzard. He knew his truck wouldn't make it down the steep, curvy driveway, so he put his truck in macho gear and drove around the backyard.

Then, down the hill. 

Two drainage ditches line the driveway. 
He drove into one, and his truck would go no farther, marking his first official snow-wreck.

Defeated and depressed, he trudged up the hill, looking as if he'd wandered from The Revenant.

While he thawed, Bandwidth cooked a Boston butt.

All day, the snow fell at a slant. I stared out the windows with a childlike wonder. What is it about snow, I wonder? Does it summon memories of school closings and sledding? Happy, carefree times. I couldn't help but notice that a rose was still blooming. I wasn't willing to go outside and risk falling, so I took a few pictures from inside the house.

Finding beauty in winter is something I like to do. 


Finally, with snow still winging down, I took a moment to enjoy the Blue Hour, grateful to have electrical power and city gas (no more propane). Grateful for the food in my cupboard and warm flannel sheets. 

I hope you are warm and snug.


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32 comments:

  1. Your winter storm pics are AWESOME!

    Your husband is a goofus! And I lol'd at the reference to The Reverant - just saw that the other day, finally - what a film! (Want to know something beyond my understanding?!? I have a kinda-aquaintance-don't-know-well-and-now kinda-don't wanna) person I met recently who was saying that he had to go pick up his daughter from the movies. Out of social politeness I asked what movie she had seen....and he said THE REVERENT! I asked how old his daughter is and he said 8. EIGHT YEARS OLD. I am in shock. There were 20 times in that movie at least where I had to shut my eyes for the gore to go away. It had a good message, like if you are at least in high school - but an 8 year old girl? Really?

    Anyway, so much for protecting the innocence of little children. Sheesh.

    OK, I am done now, just thought I'd share. Love your post today. Stay warm and safe and stay away from your crazy Doc. LOL. Hugs. ♥

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    1. Yes, to goofus, The Reverant, and staying away from the crazy. LOL By the way, I really loved The Revenant, but wow, it was intense!

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  2. Awesome photos of your winter wonderland. I'd say the husband had, indeed, a "wild hair" notion but at least he's home safe and sound and the truck can wait.

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  3. Why do men think they can defeat anything?? Well that's going to cost him to be towed out now but it will make for memorable conversations- right?? LOL.... Watching he news this morning about the storm down your way- scary stuff. We get a lot of snow up here but we're prepared for it. I hope there won't be too many sad stories as a result of this.

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  4. So pretty. I love how cardinals just pop against the white. We only got a tiny bit while sleeping after a day of rain and sometimes mixed with sleet. I was hoping for more. I'm like a kid hoping for snow. I love it, but just for a day or so. Stay warm!

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  5. Great photos, we are doing the same here, hunkered down with 12-15 inches on the ground as of this morning. I put suet in the feeders for all the birds, and they are scarfing it up! I love winter too, finding beauty like you in the architecture of the bare tree branches, a flower in the snow. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, love the jasmine!

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  6. Beautiful pictures! I miss the snow and hope everyone in the path is safe and warm ;-) ... yes, Hubby would have done the same exact thing and I would have decided to cook something low and slow in the oven! Stay warm and safe and enjoy that beautiful view!

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  7. Your snow pics are so pretty! I love those little cardinals, especially against the snow! They are such cute birdies... They aren't in Oregon where I grew up so the first time I saw one was in my twenties in Missouri and I screamed in delight when I saw one, scaring the people (and the bird). The story of your husbands shenanigans was funny! Stay warm!

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  8. Beautiful pictures stay in and stay warm....

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  9. I feel the same about a snowfall, childlike wonderment. You photos are awesome. We had your snow earlier in the week. Our cardinal pairs (all 5 of them!) have made great subjects. Enjoy your snowy weekend and stay safe!

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  10. Oh my word, that is a ton of snow. So glad I am not in it. Stay inside and stay warm.

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  11. I live in Northern Ohio, across Lake Erie from Canada. We can't believe this storm went so far south of us. We only have about an inch remaining from a storm earlier in the week. Praying for warmth and safety for all affected. There is nothing prettier than a cardinal in the snow!

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  12. Beautiful pictures!
    I hope you stay warm and safe while the storm rages outside. Up here it is rain and rain and more rain!

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  13. When it comes to adventure, boys will be boys Michael Lee ... ☺. Enjoy the wonderland of white outside your window and stay warm. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Living in a Canadian snow belt region and regardless we are prepared for Old Man Winter, I am already looking forward to the Spring.

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  14. Sunny here. Boy, what men will do. They are like little boys! Stay warm!
    Brenda

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  15. Oh dear me, Michael Lee, what a snowfall! Like you, I love seeing the beauty in it and I thank you for sharing with us. Isn't it just like a man to try driving in snowy conditions?! I loved the reference to the Revenant, as your hubby comes trudging up the hill. I saw that movie, but wow, was it ever intense!!! I had to cover my eyes quite a few times, while peeking through my fingers.
    Happy, cozy, weekend to you and your loved ones. xo

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  16. I am glad you stayed in! I only went as far as my porches for pics. Thought it best not to wander off in the yard. Your husband story reminds me of us on our farm. We always had 4 wheel drive vehicles until a year or so ago and hubby downsized to a car. Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I still had the old SUV. 😊 Normally I think of a big snow storm like this as a time to relax and slow down. For some reason I am antsy this go around. Ha!

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  17. I got a great laugh from your post ! Enjoyed every word of it... As another commenter wisely said "boys will be boys" ! Thank goodness for Bandwidth saving the day with something warm and delish ! We are so lucky for once in Cleveland Ohio - it missed us completely ! Stay warm and safe Michael Lee and readers.....your pictures are beautiful by the way !

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  18. Your snow pictures are beautiful! We don't have snow in SW MS but do have cooler weather. Keep warm and enjoy Bandwidth's cooking!

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  19. 14 inches measured on our back deck, which my husband shoveled off today after snowplowing the driveway and lane for the second time in two days. We haven't seen many birds... guess they are all hiding out in the fir trees. It's cold. It's finally winter. xo Stay warm by the fire like we are. xo

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  20. That was fun, you look snug and comfy, the imp, not so much! So kind to feed the birds, their seed can rival a mortgage here! Been having storms every other day for weeks, nothing scary yet on the coast, it's a nice pattern to make you hope it's easing the drought. Read all day in the rain about islands of our coast, heavenly way to watch the day disappear~ not as nice without your roast!

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  21. Whoa! Wicked weather, so you're smart to keep indoors and especially after last year's bout with falling! Crazy husband—hasn't grown up yet? Buy him a sled for a safer alternative! I, too, feed the birds and squirrels and I just love all the activity they bring to an otherwise sleepy landscape. I hope you've begun to settle in and that you're finally able to enjoy your beautiful home.

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  22. Stay warm! Beautiful pictures!! Poor husband !

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  23. We got probably around 20 inches or more. It just stopped a little while ago, after snowing for over 24 hours!! UGH!!! But I got alot done and have a post ready for tomorrow. I LOL'd at The Reverant reference:) Too funny. Glad you are safe and warm. XO

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  24. Stay safe and warm.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  25. Michael, Your home looks warm & cozy & the view out the windows is beautiful. I can't imagine why your hubby thought he needed to drive his truck in that weather. Outside would be the last place I'd want to be. It's 56 here dropping to 30 something tonight. Hope you stay safe & warm inside!

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  26. I don't know what it is about snow, but I feel the same way, even if I didn't grow up in it. The first time it ever fell when I moved to Virginia from California, I was just in awe and I have been ever since even after moving to Ohio and then here in Arizona. I feel complete and total joy :)

    I hope you're staying warm and safe my friend.

    hugs to you,
    rue

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  27. You could have been writing out of my playbook!! With one crazy husband and 3 just as crazy sons, the very first thing they always do if we ever have any type of snow weather....is drag every single one of ALL of their trucks to play slip n slide. Insert roll eyes here. I guess it's just a guy thing because that kinda activity NEVER enters my mind!!!
    Beautiful photos. Looking so peaceful there!

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  28. Your snow pictures are gorgeous. Hard to believe that here in the Chicago 'burbs, we hardly have any snow left on the ground and no snow except for some flurries these past few weeks. I had to laugh out loud about your husband...silly guy!

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  29. Oh I am so sorry that he ended up in the ditch....I love watching the snow fall and the beauty that it presents...as long as the power stays on!!!....We were fortunate not to lose power during Winter Storm Jonas, but last year, we did and it was a bit inconvenient to say the least as I had just purchased lots of food for a dinner party that was supposed to be in a few days...luckily the power came back after 18 hours. The photographs are beautiful...and I and to chuckle about The Revenant statement...

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  30. What is it about men driving their trucks in the snow?! That's the first thing my hubby wanted to do despite the fact that highway patrol is warning everyone to stay off the roads. I had to chuckle over your Revenant comparison too, but I missed half the movie hiding behind the hands covering my eyes :) Your winter wonderland is so beautiful covered in a blanket of snow and I always enjoy seeing the cheery pop of red of the Cardinals in winter. ♥

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  31. Hmmm....men -- can't live with 'em, don't want to live without 'em! You took some wickedly great photos, and you have fantastic vistas from inside your home!

    Carol

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