This past weekend was a long weekend for me... a holiday from work on Monday. Snow was in the forecast and I was dreaming of a little white and a bit of glitter.
We don't always get snow in this part of the country... and the forecasts can be notoriously inaccurate. We heard we'd get tons of snow, just a little snow, a northeaster, no snow.... it ran the gamut.
With no plans to go anywhere other than dinner on Friday night, well I was kind of hoping for a little snow.
Saturday morning we, and when I say we I mean just a little pocket right around us, woke up to a couple of inches of snow. The clouds gave way to blue skies in the afternoon and it was downright pretty out. Exactly my kind of "winter event".
I went out to snap a few photos....however, the forecast for the next few days was still up in the air.
Sunday morning brought an additional 4 or 5 inches.... hmmm... maybe I should have kept my wishes to myself. Now I know most of you that live in places that actually get snow every winter are thinking, come on, this is nothing! Well around here even a couple of inches can just about shut down cities. We along the Puget Sound have hills, lots and lots of hills. We also do not have much in the way of snow removal equipment, aka snowplows.... many of our local cities don't believe in salting or de-icing the roads either so then we get to deal with snow, ice and hills... not the best combination.... I'm just saying.
But it was still pretty, especially if you could stay at home.
Monday, a state and federal holiday, and I had no plans to go anywhere. Schools were already closed for the holiday so no worrying about "will it be cancelled or not". I didn't do much, just a bit of puttering around the house, but I did get out and get a few pictures... I even managed to catch some snowflakes as they fell ever so gently.
The walnut tree always looks rather majestic when it is covered in snow instead of leaves.
And since it was fairly cold, this snow was even nice and fluffy... not the wet gloppy mess we usually get.
This little rose bud won't be opening...
By Monday evening I was hoping for a snow day on Tuesday... but no luck. Snow continued to fall on Tuesday and the temperatures plummeted as the cold air dropped down from British Columbia and the Fraser Valley... it looked like that Northeaster was going to happen after all. By the time we got home around 6:00 pm the temperature was 9.3 degrees and yes, that is Fahrenheit. No wind yet so no wind chill factor.
Wednesday morning the wind had started to blow... it was cold... so cold that ice had formed on the kitchen window. One of the few windows in the house that doesn't sport a storm window in the winter months...
Not very energy efficient but it does look rather pretty...
And much to my delight! A snow day after all, my office was closed.... a day to cozy up with the dogs and have the gas fireplace running all day long... perhaps a blanket or two may have been used.
And the temps? Well it was 11.3 degrees Fahrenheit at 8:16 am...
With wind chill? Negative 15! (sorry about the pic... blogger wasn't cooperating with me on this)
Needless to say, I didn't spend any time outside today....or even in my semi frozen front porch... although it does look rather pretty in a Dr. Zhivago kind of way.
A place chilly enough for this guy since there's no storm windows... or insulation... or heat out there!
Keeping the home fires burning... and thinking about what I'm wishing for now,