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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowbound

Several of my readers have inquired of our situation here in Maryland after Winter Storm Jonas blew through on Friday night and into Saturday evening.  We are fine--no loss of power even--and are in the process of digging out.  I thought I'd share the experience with those who were not in its path and give those who were a chance to share their experience in the comments section.

Friday, 4:45 PM:  The snow started two hours ago--earlier than predicted.  Really looking forward to seeing some snow this winter. . . .

5:24 PM:  I wonder where the deer will hunker down.  They're predicting between 2 and 3 feet. . . .

Saturday, 7:18 AM:  Woke up to a humongous amount of snow!  I've been awake since 4:30--eager for daylight.  Took a video from the garage. . The Robins looks so unprotected just sitting in that bush. . . .
             

7:22 AM:  It is so peaceful....serene.....these birds, at least, have some cover in the ivy. . . .
             

7:36 AM:  No longer can see the lambs in the creche in woods. . . .

7:37 AM:  I've posted this update on Twitter and Facebook so family and friends can follow along.  You can barely see the front gate.  Snow is clinging to the front window. . .

7:38 AM:  Wish the lawn chairs looked like this in July!  But not the rest of the Arbor. . . .

7:39 AM:  Snow covering the screen has blocked Poetry's view. . . .

7:40 AM:  Had to take this photo for Hugues in France and tease him that he and Marie would not enjoy having dinner in our Arbor today. . . .

7:47 AM:  At my desk now.  Enjoying the birds at the feeder in the window, but saw this squirrel leaving.  I don't think he's been able to jump up into the feeder now that we've moved it to this window.  Maybe he's eating the seeds that fall to the ground. . . .

9:04 AM:  Birds are having to wait their turn at the feeder. . . .

9:04 AM:  Poetry is enjoying them, too. . . .


10:03 AM:  I've had to shovel the path from the back door to the yard for Gabriel for the second time this morning.   His short legs can't get down the snow-filled steps. . . .

10:11 AM:  Can't believe how much more snow has fallen in less than 3 hours. . . .

10:45 AM:  I'm reading Susan Branch's chapter on Beatrix Potter in A Fine Romance.  I tweeted a picture of the page to her and she retweeted it. . . .

11:59 AM:  Maybe the birds will take shelter in the creche. I see one now. . . .

11:59 AM:  Caught this squirrel in mid-leap!. . . .

12:00 PM:  This Cardinal is waiting his turn at the feeder. . . .

12:05 PM:  Those Robins are still sitting in that bush near the garage.  I don't understand why they won't take shelter in the Arborvitae where they'll be protected from the wind. . . .

12:08 PM:  These are the birds waiting for their turn at the bird feeder. . . .

12:08 PM:  I'm having lunch at the little table by the bay window.  I have a clear view of what's happening outside the bird feeder.  The squirrel IS eating the fallen seed while one of the birds in the feeder gets ready to take off to make room for another. . . .

12:48 AM:  I'm back at my desk with the telephoto lens trying to capture the birds up close. . . .

1:09 PM:  Even the birdhouse is "snowed in". . . . 


1:11 PM:  Caught the squirrel again.  He's always so quick I usually miss the shot. . . .

2:56 PM:  Those lawn chairs are going to disappear soon. . . .

2:56 PM:  Blue glass on the shelf across this window stand out against the gray and white outside. . . .

3:23 PM:  Went out to shovel Gabriel's path some more.  These are tops of fence posts.  Aren't these cute?!. . . .

3:25 PM:  The snow has collected on the pickets in a pattern. . . .

7:01 PM:  Gabriel keeps wanting to go out and lick the snow.  He doesn't stay long because it's so COLD out there (5 degrees predicted for overnight) . . . . 


Sunday, 7:53 AM:  The snow stopped falling around 9:00 last night.  We woke up to the sun shining.  The white you see in the midst of the glow is snow on the Ridge. . . .

9:00 AM:  Here is our official snow count. . . .

10:41 AM:  We've been shoveling for a while.  Too much snow for the plow to be of any use except to scrape the pavement. . . .

1:47 PM:  This is how much we've shoveled since this morning. . . .

1:49 PM:  Went out again.  We cleared a space for the car to pull out of the garage and turn around and then started on a foot path down to the street.  After we get a path, we'll start widening it for the car.  This is how far Ken got from the house with the path today. . . .

1:49 PM:  This is how far we have to go.  That last patch of white down at the bottom before the trees is the street, which hasn't been plowed yet either. . . .


1:49 PM:  I was glad to see deer tracks in the snow.  I guess they did fine and can walk in it without too much difficulty. . . .

This is where I started!  You can compare this photo with the first one.  The snow comes almost up to the  fleur-de-lis on the fence and the bistro table and chairs in front of it are entertaining a whole lot of snow. . . .


Here is a photo Olivia's parents sent of her playing in the snow at their house.  She's inspecting the snow angel her mother made for her. . . .


Just as I was finishing this post my resident squirrel obliged me with a little play in the snow.  He probably realizes he can't live on stray bird seed and is looking for those acorns he buried. . . .
             

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Take Joy!

22 comments:

  1. Cathy, your driveway might make me feel differently about snow! Oh my goodness! Your photos are a great record of the progression of the blizzard. I like your little videos of the the birds and the squirrel. Poor things, I don't know how they survive! Take your time clearing out! ♥

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    1. Has your street been plowed yet? Until ours is we can't go anywhere anyway. They shut down I-70 between Hagerstown and Baltimore last night as well as I-270 from DC to here and didn't reopen them until 7 a.m. this morning! Tonight it will get icy because of today's melting, so things might get worse tomorrow. I'm glad I have no place I have to be.

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  2. It's good to know you are OK after this giant snow storm. The winter photos you shared today are absolutely beautiful. The birds are so lovely, too. Stay warm and be safe, Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat. Watching the wildlife has been the best part!

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  3. Cathy I have never seen so much snow in my life before. Thank you for sharing your little snippets of wildlife and those wonderful photos. Stay safe.

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    1. It makes me happy to share the things I find beauty in with people who appreciate them, too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Thank you for posting this progressive photo album & videos. I felt like I too experienced the snow without the freezing temps. Love, Sandy

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  5. Wow! That did turn out to be a major storm! But wasn't it beautiful? Lovely when you don't have to go anywhere! I have been through two major blizzards in my Ohio life. But here an inch of snow shuts down the whole town! I am thankful you didn't lose power and glad you could just enjoy it for it's beauty. Thank you for sharing all those great photos! It has been unseasonably warm here, but this is West Texas and it could change in a day!

    Chris

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    1. Yes, storms can be lovely if you don't have to be out in them! Unfortunately, I've heard 30 deaths occurred because of the storm, some of which, I'm sure, were due to fool-heartiness.

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  6. Cathy I enjoyed your documented snow storm. Your photos and videos are wonderful. We still have snow as it never got warm enough to melt it all. No school today because they don't plow side streets and where the sun doesn't shine, it's still ice and that's a problem for school buses. I'm about to venture out for the haircut that was canceled on Friday.

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    1. Our street hasn't been plowed at all yet. Local government is still shut down today. I suspect schools won't open tomorrow either because of school bus routes and parking lots needing to be cleared. We will be going out to shovel some more soon. We'll see how much turned to ice last night!

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  7. Lovely Photos telling a story. Hope you stay warm and safe

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    1. Thank you, Sue. The story isn't finished being told because we are still digging out! I can only be outside for 30 minutes before my fingers start hurting from the cold.

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  8. I was thinking of all my American friends over the weekend. It's amazing how much snow fell in 3 hours. It was also wonderful the way you captured it so we could appreciate just how much you had. It does look beautiful but must be lots of hard work in digging yourself out. The weather is now heading over here, we have been told we that it will fall as heavy rain here tomorrow. Sarah x

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    1. This would have been a lot of rain if the temperature was warmer! As it was it was in the teens. Today it got up to 40 degrees, so it has started to melt You can see the level lowering a little bit at a time. A guy on a tractor with a snowblower came through the neighborhood earlier after the street was plowed (for the first time) and we had him finish clearing the driveway for us. So we can get out now. I hope your rain doesn't cause any flooding or beach damage!

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  9. Cathy, I was listening to MS-NBC all day long Saturday and every time I heard the word "Maryland" I thought of you. At one point the leading snow town was somewhere in Maryland, hopefully far from you. Your videos and photo timeline here are great - much better than the news networks. Twas difficult to see how much was falling on TV but your still shots really show it. I bet Olivia is loving her snow outings. I just LOVED playing in the snow as a kid, even though my Mom bundled us up just like Randy in "A Christmas Story." I have absolutely no memory of EVER being cold outside in the Winter as a child - LOL. I must say, for once it felt good NOT to be included in the rock-em-sock-em forecast though. We here in lake-effect country are used to 3-5 months of full-on Winter every year. There was a lot of chuckling about Washington being paralyzed by ONE INCH of snow though. Apparently a normal 30-min commute turned into 5 or 6 hours. Yikes! We need to get a minimum of 8-10 inches before we even notice it here. But everything is relative and of course for people not accustomed to snow [never had to learn to drive in it, don't have the proper equipment etc], it's perfectly understandable to see how one inch could cause them major grief. The Cold Moon - or whatever January's is - was perfectly gorgeous Fri, Sat nights here. And from the Adding-Insult-to-Injury department, I do feel SO sorry for all those Hurricane Sandy families on the Eastern Seaboard who are still rebuilding and/or may be getting flooded again. Hope you have a fine, melty week! 💛

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    1. Government and schools are still closed tomorrow around here! We finally got our driveway cleared today by hiring a fellow driving by on a tractor/snowblower. That's the only thing that could handle the snow coming up our steep driveway. Too much to push uphill. He did it in no time. Ken usually his little snowplow to scrape down to the blacktop. Hopefully, it won't be too slick after melting all afternoon and then freezing tonight. We plan to visit Olivia tomorrow. I finally saw the moon early this morning before it went down. It left such lovely shadows on the snow.

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  10. Hi Cathy,they say 30 inchest fell here. The wind was fierce so there is drifting. I understand that the highways are somewhat cleared but the man who will plow for us has not been able to get here yet.
    I can't get to the main bird feeders, but the deer did. This morning the property was crisscrossed with their trails.
    I shoveled some and more today then spread some seed. It didn't take long for the juncos to crowd in. I was amazed at the variety of calls and chatter and song as I stood and watched. And then they were gone and I came in for tea.

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    1. Our street was finally plowed this morning. Then a fellow on a small tractor that was a snowblower came by and Ken commandeered him to do our driveway--so we will be out and about tomorrow! I was surprised the deer could walk in such deep snow when I saw the tracks in our yard. That squirrel in my video has made a little snow cave for himself at the base of a tree. I saw him coming and going from it today.

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  11. You were smothered in a most beautiful way. We didn't come close to that amount of snow and it has nearly melted. It is pretty amazing how the wild animals cope with the weather, although I am glad you can help them out with feeders. The peaceful scene of falling snow belies the serious hassle it can cause in daily life. Hope you didn't get cabin fever and were able to get out today.

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    1. I agree, a blizzard is only "nice" when you're safely inside, warm, and well fed!

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