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On a Snowy Day – #JusJoJan

It is ridiculous how much I feel like a kid this morning. Waking to a gentle snow on the trees reminds me of so many mornings when I was a kid. As hubby walked through the new fallen snow to put the bird feeders out this morning, I thought of my grandmother.

I have a strong memory of her donning her boots, coat and scarf to go outside. She took an old straw broom and swept away the snow from under the cascading forsythia bush. Then she spread breadcrumbs and oatmeal for the birds to eat.

My grandmother’s dining room looked out over the backyard. One morning I saw a red cardinal land on a snow covered branch – deep red against the stark white backdrop.

We woke to about six inches of snow. It is snowing still. The birds are flitting about trying to find a protected place to land, darting out momentarily to retrieve a seed from the feeder.  This is some of nature’s best work and I am honored to be privy to it.

I am aware other people may be facing ice rather than snow. I am hoping that the ice holds off as much as possible. Right now it is snowing, big beautiful flakes.


Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

 

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (ridiculous) submitted by Lauren from LSS Attitude of Gratitude.

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One Liner Wednesday and #JusJoJan – Let It Snow

I am beyond excited. The weather predictions are for a good snowstorm for us this weekend. If it comes to fruition, it will be our first snow this winter. We had no snow last year either. This morning the forecast is for 14 inches of the white stuff! I may look like an adult on the outside, but I am just a big kid on the inside.

❄️ LET IT SNOW! ❄️

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You can choose not to find joy in the snow and you will have less joy in your life but the same amount of snow

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Still No Communication

Day 67

It is Monday and entering day two with no power. We are rationing our fuel so we slept all night with no generator and therefore no heat.

Staying warm in bed is so much easier than when awake. I have flannel sheets, a blanket and a down comforter. I also slept with a sleeping bonnet which helps immensely. I stayed toasty warm all night.

The outside temperature is hovering around 38 degrees F. It has been warm enough to melt the snow off the trees, but the driveway is an icy snowy mess. We have a weather radio but the broadcast last night must have been more geared toward Asheville than the foothills because we did not have the weather they predicted.

We have had no contact with anyone since Saturday evening so we have no idea how our family up around Asheville fared as well as our families in Virginia and Tennessee. We also do not know how our people who are ill are doing. That’s the hard part.

The sun is trying to peek through the clouds. If the temperature warms up, we may try to get out and see if we can pick up WiFi or cell signal somewhere. I called last Thursday to get our fuel tank refilled, but no one came so it is getting precarious.

NOTE: Everything still out at our house. We finally got dug out and drove until we had cell signal. Uploading from the parking lot at the grocery store.

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No Communication

Day 66

Well, the storm blew through last night. It started snowing before I went to bed, but most of the snow came overnight. Heavy wet snow – the kind The Weather Channel refers to as heart attack snow.

The wind woke me up this morning. Hubby was already up. Our power flickered on and off last night but finally went off around 6:00 am. We are fortunate to have a generator and a propane furnace so the house was nice and warm. The temperature hasn’t gotten any higher than 32 degrees F — freezing.

In addition to losing power, our cell tower is down as well as our Spectrum connection which provides our internet. So, no connection to the outside world.

The snow is very wet and heavy. Tree branches were so weighted down they were touching the ground. I am afraid we lost some branches from our dogwood trees that frame the driveway.

We took some pictures before hubby went outside and left footprints in the snow. He put all the bird feeders out and we have had swarms of birds ever since. This kind of snow makes it difficult for them to find food.

Seen at the bird feeder today:

  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Cardinal
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Wood Thrush
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red headed Woodpecker
  • Gold Finch
  • House Finch
  • Dark Eyed Junko
  • Carolina Wren
  • Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Chickadee

[I blogged about how my grandmother used to go outside after heavy snows with an old straw broom. She swept the snow out from under the forsythia bush and put out oatmeal and bread crumbs for the birds.]

Hubby then knocked snow off all the drooping limbs that he could safely reach. We do not have a landscaped yard. Most of the trees and bushes are natural landscape but we still hate to lose any of them.

We will turn the generator off soon and save fuel. I made a thermos of coffee and put water in our individual thermoses. It will be a good time to take a nap.

The only downside to having no connectivity is that we have family and friends who are ill and at this moment, no one can reach us.

(I am writing this blog entry knowing I will not be able to post until we have power. I want to continue to blog every day — regardless.)

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Retreating

Day 65

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The Beginning

We are still waiting for the impact of the storm. The arrival time of the heavy snow has been pushed later tonight. We have had some snow, but mixed with rain so much of it is melting as soon as it hits the ground.

Today I am retreating a bit. Lots of things on my mind and I am mentally drawn to be elsewhere at this moment. So, it is time to engage in a bit of self-care and see what tonight and tomorrow bring.

It’s times like this I really miss my sisters. I could pick up the phone and call at any time for anything. As much as I always tried to be there for them, they always tried to be there for me. Every relationship is not like that. There is a knowing in stillness and an understanding in listening.

For any and all who need prayer tonight, I pray for all of us. With those prayers, I retreat for a bit to think and to remember what is most important for me.

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn?
Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends?
Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a
question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night,
or the expectant pause of a room full of people when
someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all,
the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house?
Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” 

Norton Juster