is it spring yet?

December 17, 2020

my thoughts for today
all photos taken with my LG cell phone camera

We got our first snow storm of the season yesterday. I probably shouldn’t even say “first storm of the season” as it isn’t winter yet.

“We got our first snow of fall” is more appropriate!”
A little further west of here, they got snow a few days ago.

So, follow along and I’ll tell you a story…

hope you enjoy!

just starting

It started snowing around mid morning. We actually didn’t get as much snow as they were calling for…about 5 inches, give or take. Some areas got more, about 1 foot, others less, as little as an inch. And it was cold – still is! My thermometer says 24f (-4.4c)was the low for last night, not counting the wind chill. This is the temperature on the deck. It’s 35f (1.66c) outside right now!

The above images were taken throughout the day.

near white out conditions

At one point, the barn couldn’t even be seen. But we weren’t in a blizzard – just white out conditions. “According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is a combination of three weather events:
– Sustained winds or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater.
– Visibility of less than a quarter mile due to large amounts of falling or blowing snow.
– Forecasted continuation of the above conditions for three hours or longer.” (

Notice the icicles? They actually got a bit longer before they broke off sometime throughout the night.

The wind was supposed to pick up, but it never really did. Don’t get me wrong, it did get to howling at one point, but it only lasted an hour or so. There was a steady breeze/wind that caused the snow to fall in an almost horizontal position. Which caused the snow to drift…and the way it was blowing, was a little abnormal. Usually, the wind blows from the west, south west. But during this storm, the wind seemed to blow from the east, north east. Odd. But I won’t complain… I haven’t been down the lane to see how the snow piled up. Down towards the end, it always seems to pile up. And not because of the county snow plows. Just the wind.

wood stove has built defenses

My boyfriend brought some black cherry wood in to dry…I thought it looked like the wood stove was getting ready for attack. Or maybe ready for a campfire story…if there had been more cross pieces to act as seats!

Just before dark, I went out and took the last photo… doesn’t look too bad, does it? It had started to change over to a wintry mix at this point, or shortly after. Before I went to bed, it had changed back over to snow.

absolute privacy

Couldn’t see in or out! At least not out of this window!! There was a sparrow that kept flying up and landing on this window and the kitchen window. I managed to get a photo of her – or him – through the kitchen window, with my CANON.

I had turned on the light for my 1950’s silver tree, but no one could see it from outside, so I turned it off when I went back inside. Believe it or not, it’s on, behind all that snow!

artsy stuff… edited on my PhotoShop cell phone app

I’ve pretty much gotten used to hunkering down when they call for any kind of accumulation. At least for a few days and when calling for more than three inches, anyway. With having a quarter mile long lane and being land locked (can’t see our house from the road), one kind of has to. If you want to stay sane – or you go out and buy a snow plow to put on the truck, if you have a truck! My boyfriend has a Tahoe, I have an Aveo. So, I don’t really go anywhere in my little car once the snow piles up.

(just to refresh your memory)

My house is behind me and to the left, you can’t see the end of the lane from here. The pine trees in the distance are to the left of the lane, the fence is on the right.

We need to figure out how to close that gap off in the photo above, left. We usually have snow blow in on the deck, but now that we have fire wood stacked, we need to do something about it. Yes, those are galvanized steel bucket tubs we have wood stacked in. This wood is meant for kindling or fire starter. and, yes, we listen to the radio on the deck – even in the winter! With the tarps up, it’s somewhat enjoyable to sit out there, listen to the radio and drink a cup a of coffee. Or watch wildlife!!

I have more, just haven’t transferred them to my computer yet! I think there’s enough photos for now anyway!

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!


“Dusk lured me to the sleeping woods
to rest in winter’s silence.”

~ Angie Weiland-Crosby

take care
stay safe
much love

5 Comments on “is it spring yet?

  1. What a neat story, Holly. Thank you for sharing.

    I couldn’t imagine just listening to the radio for a solid chunk of time. My ADHD wouldn’t allow it. But imagine how good an exercise it would be, for people like me! Nothing but the elements and the sound of the broadcast. That would be really good. I’m glad you get to experience things like this.

    Those were my two main thoughts, just a general thank you and that other detail.

    I know most of my posts are ranting and it can get boring and melodramatic, so I’ll try to make it more focused on real things in life from now on, if I can. Not to lose your voice, or anything though!

    Happy holidays,

    • Thank you! That means a lot.
      My boyfriend will walk in the house to absolute silence…no tv, radio, nothing but the sound of the fish tank and wood cackling in the wood stove. He doesn’t know how we do it, but for me and my son it’s good…for the soul. So, I do understand where you’re coming from.
      It’s good that you’re able to get your thoughts out! Being stuck at home isn’t good for most of us, we’re doing the best we can. We all are! The only thing any of us can do is the best we can. Try not to compare yourself with anyone else – they aren’t you. And haven’t walked in your shoes.
      Thanks for commenting!

    • I’ll send some snow your way, by the time it gets to you it’ll be rain 😅 does it ever snow there? I know it can in the desert…

      • Now wouldn’t that be awesome! …actually it does snow here! Usually on the mountains around us, but we’ve gotten snow at our house a couple of times over the years. But it melts quickly! There is actually skiing at a nearby mountain in the winter when it does snow. And people rush up there to play in the snow. It is really pretty to see snow on the cactus. 🌵

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