Deceptive Sunshine

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Of the six to eight inches of snow they were predicting, we have maybe two, and it’s stopped snowing. Not that it can’t start up again.

The sun is shining
Through the cold.
Soon it will snow.
This grows old.

How much snow
Will this storm bring?
The snow will pile
Over everything.

Freezing Rain.
Freezing Ice.
Soon that may come.
Won’t it be nice?

The last winter storm
Piled snow up high.
I sure hope
This one passes us by.

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First Real Snow of the Season

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This weekend we had our first real snow of the season. Two inches of the fluffy stuff somewhere between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. This was on top of the icy drizzle/rain we had all afternoon Saturday (Saturday morning was fine, we made sure to get out and do our errands before the rain started up).

Our road did apparently get plowed while we were at church. I say apparently, because it was rather hard to tell. Should the sun come out, and it warm up a bit, it should make it easier for all the snow pack to melt off.

We’ve lived in our house about ten years, and last year is the first time we ever had a snow-plow go down our road. I’ve gotten stuck a few times trying to go up (or down) the hill, just given up and parked at the church parking lot at the bottom (or top) of the hill, etc. One time, even the postal delivery person got stuck (and they use chains).

Usually, this far after the storm, they’ll have the primary and secondary roads cleared off. Our road being a tertiary road (or lower. What’s the next “ary” word?) might get a swipe with the plow, or otherwise left to fend for itself.

Today, however, when I went out, the primary roads were almost clear, but it looks like they just barely plowed the secondary roads. I just took them slowly, and had no problem. Of course, though, I might have problems trying to get back up our hill, rather than just trying to go down it.

Sunday was supposed to be the Church Christmas pageant for the kids. The choir didn’t even have an anthem prepared for it. They still had service, but canceled the children’s program. We had to quickly come up with a choir anthem, and our choir director was one of those people who couldn’t get out because of the storm. For a little bit we only had one person on each part, then a few more people came up before the service, and we had two people on each part (which was much easier). We scoured the hymnal, and ended up singing “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

Somehow, the line “snow on snow” seemed particularly appropriate.

The children’s pageant has been rescheduled for January 5th. Hopefully the weather will cooperate by then.

Wintry Weather (Again)

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We have a winter weather advisory today, and partway through tomorrow. So far, we’ve just had rain, though. Cold, icy, wet rain.

It started this morning, while I was walking the dog. I was going to be cutting the walk short before the rain started, I was hoping to get back inside before it got too bad.

It wasn’t really that cold out, but cold enough that it started freezing on various surfaces, and I started slipping. I didn’t fall, fortunately, but I was trying to go slow and be careful. The dog didn’t help any, he just wanted to pull me on. (If I were trying to go fast, he would have wanted to stop at every blade of grass and mailbox for a smelling session. Go figure.) This was on the north slope of a hill, going down, of course. I hate going downhill if there is any sort of slickness at all. A lady on the other side of the street came out with her trash, and put it by the side of the road, and then slipped and fell. If I hadn’t had Rocky, I would have gone to help, rather than just asking if she was all right (she was). But I’ve seen how Rocky tries to ‘help’ someone who’s fallen. He tries to encourage them to get up by first jumping on them, then grabbing an arm and pulling on it. At least he did a couple of years ago. Haven’t had much opportunity to see if he’s figured out any better method since then. I did keep an eye on the lady until she was up, and got into her car.

The water construction guys were working even in this weather.

Some places were slicker than others. I noticed that the slickest spots seemed to be within a couple of feet of places where the previous snow hadn’t been completely cleared off. I think that must have been connected somehow. The church parking lot was just glazed ice. As was our driveway, and front steps. But we got home all right.

Rocky looked completely bedraggled when we got in. Until he shook himself off, of course. Then he just looked fluffier than usual. There were ice-crystals in his tail fur before we came in. His tail is so fluffy, though, I don’t think the ice came anywhere close to his skin.

Oddly enough, he didn’t need me to “Grrr” at him this morning. After he got his customary cookie, he just found a comfortable spot to lie down, and went to sleep. I think it’s because he knows there’s a storm coming.

Cold Weather

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It’s gotten cold and snowy here the last few days. Not as bad as some other places, we probably got half an inch, at most, unlike the foot or more that I’ve seen people posting on their Facebook pages. Also, not ice, and not negative degrees, like I’ve seen other people posting about.

Still, trying to take the dog out for his long walks when the temperatures is in the teens isn’t much fun. It’s better when the wind isn’t blowing, but still.

Now, he’s a cold-weather dog. He just loves the snow (as long as it doesn’t pack between his toes when he’s walking, that’s no fun at all), and his furry coat means he doesn’t care much about the cold. He tends to suffer in the summer when it’s hot, though.

While we were out walking the other day, we went by one house where instead of the snow, one tree, two bushes, and a whole bunch of grass, were covered in ice. I had to look twice to make sure, then I saw where there was a steady stream of water coming up from the road. Suddenly, it was clear to me. Sometime during the night, a water pipe had burst, and geysered for a while, before making the break in the water pipe big enough to let the water stream out without spraying.

The water leak was already marked with orange cones before I got there, as well as being not too far from where they’ve been working laying the new water pipes (but far enough away that I was pretty sure they didn’t cause it), so I didn’t bother reporting it. And it was fixed a couple of days later.

With the snow on the ground (little as it is), the white PVC pipe that the water-construction people have left sticking up from the ground at various points are a lot harder to see. And I expect that once we get snows that really require plowing will run into and break most of those. I don’t know what those pipes are supposed to be marking, but I’m assuming that they’ve been marked on a map somewhere, and there will be enough left in the ground to figure out where they were when they need to take care of it.

Cold, cold day

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Today’s one of the coldest day’s we’ve had so far this season. It was only 19° when we got up this morning, and doesn’t really feel much warmer out there now. Plus we got a smattering of snow. It’ll probably vanish if we get any sun at all, even as cold as it is, but the sun is hiding today.

Rocky and I took a much shorter walk than usual this morning. I bundled up as much as I could, even wore an extra layer of clothing. Rocky just went as he was. But he probably still was warmer than I was. Though, really, I was bundled up enough that I didn’t feel the cold as much as I might have. Other than my head. I couldn’t find my hat. I wore my neckwarmer all the way up over the top of my head, which helped keep my ears from freezing, but an extra layer would have helped me feel warmer.

It wouldn’t have helped, though, to keep my glasses from freezing to my face. I wore my sunglasses, since even with the sun hiding, the snow made things bright out there. But it wasn’t too long into the walk before the bridge of the glasses felt like a bar of ice across the bridge of my nose. Ugh.

Even so, I was considering taking the 1.8 walk we usually did. I didn’t really want to, since besides the cold, the snow had turned icy in spots. I was taking things very slow (to Rocky’s impatience), since I tended to be afraid that I’d suddenly slip and fall. Since I haven’t been able to get our pace even up to 3 miles per hour on good days, we were probably walking less than a mile an hour. Another day or so, even without things warming up, should get rid of most of the ice/snow.

But at one of the first places where we had a choice of a longer/shorter walk, Rocky suddenly started limping, hopping along, not putting one of his feet down on the ground. I let him lie down for a moment, and he cleaned the bottom of his feet, after which he bounded off again. So I decided to take the shorter walk. But still, twice more the dog had to stop and clean his feet with his teeth. Makes me glad I’m not a dog. I wouldn’t want to have to chew on gravelly snow/ice. If it weren’t for getting ice between his toes, I bet Rocky would have been glad to stay out there even longer, though I think even he was glad to get home and out of the cold for a bit.

Walking on the Ice

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Walking on the ice,
Walking in the snow,
Cold, cold, cold,
As on we go.
I’m bundled up
As much as can be,
But I think the dog
Likes it more than me.
We’d like to go faster,
But on ice I’d slip.
He doesn’t much care if
Over I’d trip.
He stops twice
To clean his feet,
Or bark at those
Pesky cats we meet.
He doesn’t get why
We soon turn around
When he’s not done
Sniffing the ground.
My glasses are almost
Froze to my nose,
The dog complains
Of ice in his toes.
But he’d still love
To stand out there,
Sniffing out the scents
In the clean, crisp air.