Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow and More Snow

Sheesh!  5 snow events in 5 weeks!  Here in the south no less.  I'm not taking more snow pictures because, well -- they would look just like the other snow pictures.  After the pictures in the last post were taken, and we had a day or 2 where it got up to the low 50's, the ice in the pond melted and there were a few fishies still swimming around.  It snowed again yesterday, 1.6 inches, but the temps stayed in the low 30's upper 20's so the pond didn't freeze up.  Tomorrow -- another snow storm expected, this time with 3+ inches and the temps are supposed to go down to the mid teens and not get above freezing until Friday.  Honestly, I've lived here my whole life and I don't remember having this many snow events in one winter (except one year in the late 1970's when I was in college and it snowed every Wednesday from December to February -- but we probably only had any accumulation once!  We usually have one or 2 times when it snows in the winter, but usually only once with any accumulation, which is usually only a dusting or half an inch or so, with occasional 4 inchers.  At least we haven't had any ice storms so far.

The good news, though, is that one of my chickens has started laying again (yay -- homegrown eggs again), and I'll be looking at blooming daffodils (hopefully not blooming through the snow) in my yard in 2 or 3 weeks.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Daze

I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures of the snow we've had around here.  This was from earlier in January.  We've had 3 snow events in 3 weeks!  These pictures were from when we had about 4 inches -- of pure, fluffy snow.  For many years my children did not know that snow was something different from ice and sleet, since usually our "snow" is actually a layer of ice and sleet, sometimes covered by a dusting of snow on top.  But this year we have had honest to goodness snow-ball quality snow.  Even as I type this we are on the southern end of the major blizzard stretching across the county -- but, luckily (IMO because I am over the snow) we are just having rain, heavy wind, and the temp is supposed to drop to the teens by tomorrow night.  I actually have flower buds on my daffodils outside (tight bud fortunately!) and the buds on my tulip magnolia are beginning to swell from the 60 degree temps we have had the past couple of days.  So it's good we'll get some cold to slow it all down, as our frost free date isn't until mid April.
my frozen pond (hope the fish are ok!)