Self-Sufficiency Series

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yup, it snowed

We got about a foot of snow from the storm last night.  It wasn't quite the dire blizzard we anticipated in terms of wind (meaning, drifts) but we still got a lot of the white stuff.


I took a yardstick and walked down our driveway.  Depths varied from 9 to 16 inches.


I thought these thistles looked pretty neat.  NOTE: a reader correctly pointed out these are teasels, not thistles.  All these years I've been calling them the wrong name!


View across our pasture to a neighbor's property.


This is the view from the end of our driveway.  There were tire tracks from a neighbor's ATV.  Evidently someone drove down, looked at the road, and drove back.  Looks like we're not going anywhere for awhile.


Major stands out in weather like this.


We're surrounded by giant mutant postcard Christmas trees.


Snow can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.


Typical sight this time of year.  "Boot area?  What's that?"


Poor Don was out for nearly two hours in 10F weather, pushing snow.


The dogs thought this was fascinating.


The dogs found the snow irresistable.


So did the kids.


Despite Don's noble efforts, we're still snowed in because our two-mile dirt road is still blocked.  Rumor has it someone is supposed to plow this afternoon.  Normally I wouldn't fret - who cares if we're snowed in? - but we're expecting our friend GG to join us for her Thanksgiving break from school.  But if necessary we can snowshoe down and meet her at the road, so either way things will work out.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Patrice,
    I'm so glad that you are going to post about GG...I recently wondered how she was doing. I LOVE your blog (and other articles posted in different venues). I often think, "I wonder how my friends up north are doing," and I'm happy for the "visit" I get through the web! We're still in shorts down here in Louisiana (the trees are just coming into full fall color now), but I love the beautiful snow pics!
    Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!
    Kathryn

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  2. A great opportunity for some different light and good photo opps. Those dogs are funny. They always seem to show up late to enjoy your hard times. I'll bet you have a neighbor with the machine to finish the job fast. I went through this as a country dweller in 1975. there was 18 inches of very cold and movable snow. It went to like 20 below at first and then finished at 32 below before it moved out. That is still a record out here. I got stuck going for groceries and dog food and headed out early the next morning to try to dig out my car. That was a four mile walk in subzero temps. with a lot of wind. This is one of the stupidest things I ever did but I was young and stupid in those daze. I got some frostbite but with help from kind strangers it turned out O.K.

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  3. Good to see the 8N out there doing important work! Those old tractors will probably be around for another 60 years. Thanks for the great pictures - we don't see a lot of snow down here in South Carolina!

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  4. Lots of rain here last night, but no snow yet. Even when it snows, it is nothing what you get.

    The photo of the thisles is absolutely gorgeous. A work of art, to be sure. And the wheel is cool, too.

    Snowshoeing! Tried that once...once was enough for me. LOL

    Stay warm and safe.

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  5. Lydia sure looks like she's in her element, doesn't she?

    It's about 13 degrees f. here right now. Brrrrrrr.

    Got a big chicken and some Yukon Gold potatoes slow roasting in the oven. The added warmth and wonderful aroma make it seem so nice and cozy here by the fire.

    Got a copy of CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters today, so I'm all set for the next round of cold stuff.

    A.McSp

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  6. Patrice, I truly hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. Despite all of our national and personal problems, we have so very much to be thanksful for. May God bless you and yours.

    And I extend Happy Thanksgiving wishes to the other Americans who read your blog. Praise God.

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  7. Awww, thanks AP. Back at ya - and everyone.

    - Patrice

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  8. Patrice,
    I too want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    God Bless,
    Tanya

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  9. How beautiful. So pretty to look at, but I think I'm glad that I'm where it is 70 degrees today!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everybody. :-)

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