They weren’t kidding.

The March superstorm arrived around 3:30 with some light snow that picked up around 5:30-6AM.  It was upgraded to a blizzard by last night and is living up to the hype.

We have around a foot that has fallen in the past 6 hours, winds are something to be reckoned with and everything is closed.  We’re maybe a third of the way through the storm.

It has been a while since we saw something like this…we have had a few blizzards but the snowfall amount coming out of this one reminds me of 1993.  It’s a good day (or two) to stay indoors and putter around.  I’ll have to get a photo up of the final snowfall amount.  Until then, have a great day!

It IS still winter…

Here in the Northeast, we are gearing up for a major snow storm.

It seems like the days around St. Patrick’s Day can be a ripe time for late winter-early spring storms and blizzards.  After breaking record high temperatures for 3-4 days at the end of February…now we have been locked in the freezer for a bit and the storm looms. But that’s winter for you.

This was our yard after the blizzard of 1993…we had another good one in 2007…and now we may get 12-18 inches of snow beginning in the wee hours Tuesday.  This morning was relatively calm and sunny but the clouds are moving in.  We have plenty of supplies and I just hope our power stays on.  It’s not anything unusual for the area but you would think so by the reaction of so many people. Winter will be winter and March is wild and unpredictable.

I will post a couple of shots as we go along.  Presently there is no snow cover,  That’s going to change in a big way.  Or will it fizzle out?  Stay tuned…for that has happened as well in the past.  Be safe.

 

Dragging Her Heels

1The other day, I posted a shot showing the bit of snow we had, and mentioned that the next day, we would be getting 1-3 inches more of snow.  Well, the second storm came in very early Monday morning and we had about 3.5 here, and some places had up to 6+ inches of the white stuff.  This was followed by cold air, so you had to clear it out.  Things were crunchy for a day or so.

Fast forward to yesterday (Thursday)  The temperature rises to about 60, and around 4PM a sudden storm with heavy rain and straight line winds to 85 MPH in places created havoc.  Also, washed away most of Monday’s snow.  Within a weeks’ time, we had late Spring weather, high winds, snow, more snow, REALLY high winds and now things are calming down but chilly.2

Today was a chilly mix of rain, some sleet up near the place where I do volunteer work, and then a quick, small squall here at home.  The cardinal is not impressed, and looks like one of those “Angry Birds” you see.  Can’t say I blame him!

From what I hear, temperatures are supposed to stay chilly for another week or so, then perhaps we can get back to seasonal.  But not without winter’s last hurrah…one that knocked our record for least snowiest season on its butt.  Oh well, its all good in the end.

April Fool!

P1300499-1I know it is a couple of days past April 1, but perhaps that’s part of the joke!

We had a little bit of snow during the night, and 1-3 inches due tomorrow.  Snow in April is not unusual but the fact that the winter has been snow-LESS for the most part makes it worthy of an eye roll or two.  I do think of my father when we have Spring snow.  He would call it the “Poor Man’s Fertilizer”

The bird feeders are hubs of activity and somewhere up in the trees I hear a red-wing blackbird calling.  The grackles and starlings are beginning to hog the feeders and the mourning doves are back as the clean up committee.  Soon, I’ll fill the fountain and start it up for the season.  The beginning of a new cycle of growth and regeneration and it never gets old.

A little snow

Holy CrowSo far, this winter has been pretty quiet.

No snowstorms, no below zero days or nights…as a matter of fact before a squall the other day covered the lawn there was still a lot of green in it.  A big difference over last winter  and I for one am not complaining.  But that might change this weekend.

We are not supposed to have as much snow as the coastal areas – at least at this time looking forward.  On the Facebook pages about the weather people either are clamoring for a good snowstorm or they are perfectly happy to not be shoveling.  But I do hear the beginning grumblings of people looking forward to Spring.  I’m just happy that I am not yet looking out the window through the huge icicles that formed, turning the house into an ice prison of sorts.

No matter what winter does, it is a good time for me to do some reading, clean up some digital files, and generally slow down for a little while after the hectic Holiday season. Perhaps even get my butt in gear and make more entries on the page.

And that’s not such a bad thing 🙂

Black Friday

sunrise112715Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Things were relatively quiet here as we had the ”’short” version…6 instead of 10.  (small family!)  But we ate enough for 10. The weather was wonderful…on the warm side and no snow like last year  Now we begin leftovers which in our opinion are as good as the main feast.

So, on Black Friday morning, the sun rose beautifully red (cloudy now at 4PM) and it was a day off.  No shopping or crowd fighting…just puttering around, putting up a small tree on the front porch and a good long nap.  Tonight a friend and I will go out for coffee and catch up on what our turkey day was like.

This weekend, Advent begins.  And we move toward Christmas for us – Hanukkah, Milad un Nabi,  or Kwanzaa for our other friends.  And for the most part, the wish for Peace on Earth is present to the majority of people.

May it be so.

Back to standard time

Did you all enjoy the extra hour of sleep last night?  I celebrated by staying up an hour later.  Had a good day where  got out to a couple of places for photos…now, at 4:45 the outside light is growing dim.  The shorter days are really coming in.

P1270793-1GLIt started out as a very gray day but I decided to go out anyway, and then the sun came out.  It is on the warm side for the beginning of November and the humidity made for a bit of a haze for just a while.  In some places, the trees are bare and in other places, they are still green!  It has been an odd fall i that you will see dull or no color, then turn a corner and…color!

collins 2 GLBut it won’t be long before we have no leaves, and things will be on the very dull side until the first clinging snowfall.  I am always a bit sad to see the color leave but I guess it makes us appreciate every season just a little bit more.  It is also time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.  And then Christmas.

Where DID the time go?

Mid October

fallOK..a little past mid-October.

It is an interesting Fall…still a lot of green yet some places have trees that are already bare.  You see a dull area, then turn a corner and some brightly colored trees await.  We did have some color and a very cold day for my retreat day on Sunday…we even had a sleet and then a snow squall.

For now, all the retreat work for the year is done.  It’s time to start thinking of Thanksgiving and already, the needed items are being stocked here on the home front.  I get out a little here and there for photos of course, and wonder just where summer went!  This past weekend, the first killing frost showed up and killed the super coleus that bloomed so magnificently over the summer.  Everything has its time, and the time for the coleus had come…and gone.

And so, mentally it is time to prepare for a long winters’ nap.  Or something like that!

The First of July

come sitI can’t believe it is July already!

As you can see, things are really green around these parts.  The rains we had in June (and it is raining off and on today) have helped the deficit we DID have.  After the snow this past winter it seemed we would be abundant but dry months from March through May dropped levels significantly.  But things are lush and green now, for the time being.

Summer is fully upon us, even though the air has been cooler the last few days. junegarden Gardens are flourishing and somehow, even when the skies are dull it is still beautiful out there.  The birds are most likely raising their last broods and soon the outdoor sounds change from new life to quiet fullness.  I’ve been able to get out for photos and opportunities abound.  There are still things indoors that could be done but I think I will put them off a while longer as I soak in this fullness.

How about you?

It’s About Time!

crossings sunsetsmallThe past couple of days, Spring has made a bit of headway around these parts.

Winter, as usual, was quite reluctant to give up its icy grip but finally some warmer days have melted just about all of the snow (with the exception of snowbank remains in shady areas).  The grass is beginning to show some green, and the waters are open once again, to the delight of the local waterfowl. Ducks, geese, gulls, herons…all wildlife has returned and the scouting for nest location has begun.  It is a wonderful time of the year.mallard3

One of my favorite things is to sit in the car alongside one of the local ponds or lakes and watch the ducks and geese come soaring in… skipping across the water like a flat stone and settling in for a paddle.  Some scolding and territorial fights arise and it can get pretty active.

I can imagine that the water feels good…clearing off dust and mites.  I have to admit on the cold and windy days I sit and shiver and they splash around like they are in a hot tub.  You have to admire exuberance like that.

In the same way, I stretch my mental wings, wash off the dullness of winter and get down to the business of living, loving, BEING in the present moment. For here is the secret of happiness..right before my eyes.  Shaking off troubles, embracing the newness of another season, finding the lesson in the observing.

Simplicity.  Pure simplicity.