Winter Arrives

After the long Thanksgiving weekend here, winter arrived here late Sunday afternoon. Joyce had already taken George back to school, and the snow started falling at 3:40. Snowed heavy all night, and I got up at 4:30 to dig us out. Jenn’s school was closed, so she finished off the shoveling. After I got home from work, I grabbed the shovel and cleared out the Christmas floodlights she wasn’t able to see under the snow during the day.

Winter has arrived.

Fall Fell

In just over two weeks, the bright colors in the trees have faded, and most of the leaves have either fallen, or been ripped out of the trees by the last few rain and windstorms.

Joyce and I spent most of Sunday mowing, grinding, and sweeping up the leaves from the yard, and Jennifer helped me the day before mounting the new door on the shed, and moving the summer porch furniture into storage.

We’ve gone from a comfortable isolation, to feeling exposed to our neighbors now clearly visible through the trees. Latest weather forecasts are now talking about the possibility of snow accumulation Thursday night into Friday morning. Snowsticks are now up along the driveway and road. Fall is just about over.

Fall Changes

Had what will most probably be my last open water morning swim earlier this week. Morning air temperature was 50, water temperature had dropped to 62. Thanks Marli and Scott for joining me one last time.

We’ve had a couple mornings of frost, and just had to turn the heat on. Trees are changing rapidly, so I grabbed a few pictures this morning. The weather this morning was overcast with light rain on and off, so the colors are a bit muted.

Most of the trees are still holding their leaves, but fall has started. The one tree next to our driveway has lost most of its leaves, but so far, the biggest drop has been the acorns. In some parts of our yard, the acorns are so thick on the ground it’s like walking on marbles.

Hope you are enjoying your fall as well.

Fall Breakfast

While I sometimes wonder if we’re missing out on everything living in the city can offer, it’s mornings like this that remind me why we moved out here. Just back from my long morning run, I was having breakfast on the back porch when the neighborhood flock of wild turkeys wandered in.

Just passing through…

While several would stop, stretch their necks to stare at me on the porch, as long as I just sat there eating breakfast, they didn’t pay much more attention to me. They seemed perfectly happy scratching at the dirt and leaves, pecking at whatever they found tasty, and enjoying a Sunday morning breakfast before laying down for a rest in the warm sun.

Sunday morning brunch. There were four more wandering just outside this picture.

Hope your Sunday morning was as pleasant.

Signs of Spring

We’re well into April now, a time when the plants have usually turned green, the trees starting to show fine, green leaves, the grass has awakened and the bulbs are blooming. While not there, we are seeing signs that winter is finally finished.

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We’re now seeing more yard than snow in the front, and the snow stick is ready to be taken down.

I can almost get the front floodlight and extension cord out of the ice. This illuminated the Christmas wreath on our front door, and was frozen and buried in all the storms.

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There are a few bulbs starting to poke out of the dead leaves, although nothing is blooming yet. The forsythias have taken a beating, as we are starting to see lots of broken branches starting to come out of the snow.

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We can likewise see more of the backyard than snow, although the melting snow makes the ground very soft and squishy. The squirrels jumped on the birdfeeder, and the soft ground rewarded them by letting the feeder lean over so they don’t have to jump anymore. Perhaps in another week, we’ll be able to get out and starting cleaning up the winter damage.

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Hope you’re enjoying your spring too. It’s been a long winter.

Blizzard 27 Jan 2015

Just about everything is closed today due to the blizzard. The forecasts have us in the 2′-3′ range. We took some pictures yesterday before the snow started, and a few more this morning after we got up. Here is what it looked like before it started.

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I made a snowstick yesterday with some PVC pipe, wrapping black tape every three inches so we could read it from the window.

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We had about six inches of snow on the ground already, so it’s not like we haven’t already seen snow. Most of the snow on the ground fell last Saturday.

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The snow started yesterday evening just after sunset. I took George to his trumpet lessons in a light flurry, and in thirty minutes it had turned to a strong snow. Here’s what we woke up to this morning.

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Yesterday, I had moved the firewood away from the edge, hoping to keep the snow off it. I also moved the chairs and other stuff we keep on the small porch hoping to keep the snow off them. The snow has been so fine and light it simply blows through the screens.

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If you look carefully, you can just see the mailbox at the end of our driveway. The snowplows made several passes overnight, pushing most of the snow to the center, but some still spills out into our yard and driveway.

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We’re not quite to 30 inches, so subtracting the six inches we stared with, we’re already knocking on the 2′ range, and the storm is suppose to last the rest of the day and well into the evening. We’ll post some more pictures after we get out and try to clean some up.

Update, 3PM.

Joyce, the kids and I went out late this morning, after it looked like the snow was slowing down a bit. Joyce ran the snow blower, while the kids and I ran the shovels. Joyce had to make three passes down the driveway, with the kids and I pulling snow banks down as the snow was too deep for the snow blower. Fortunately, the snow was light and fluffy, to it wasn’t too heavy to pick up. Being light and fluffy, however, it would blow back in your face if you tried to throw it in the wrong direction.

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