If I were prone to exaggerations which in some cases I intentionally am, I would tell you that all the snowflakes coming down this morning were as big as baseballs. But, that would be an exaggeration of course because not all of them were that big:)) Today's snow came in the night and stayed around for most of the day. Very discouraging at this time of year when we are all patiently standing on our tippy toes peering over the snowbanks trying to catch the first glimpse of Spring coming over the horizon and sliding in around the corner.
| IN OUR PARK JUST UP THE STREET FROM US THIS MORNING I SAW THIS RARE AND ELUSIVE RUBY TROATED GREEN-WINGED SOUTHERN SEMI- SIBERIAN HUMMINGBIRD:)) |
| A LOT OF SNOW CAME DOWN AGAIN OVERNIGHT|
| HERE'S KELLY JUST BACK FROM TAKING PHEEBS FOR HER MORNING WALK|
| HEADING DOWN OUR DRIVEWAY|
Slipping the Jeep into 4-wheel drive Pheebs and I rolled out of our snowy driveway and took a short cruise around the Park before venturing off down the snowy unplowed roads to Bayfield.
| WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO LIVE ON SUCH A PRETTY STREET NO MATTER WHAT SEASON OF THE YEAR IT IS|
| DRIVING AROUND OUR PARK TAKING A FEW PHOTOS|
|IT WAS IN THE FRONT YARD OF THIS HOUSE WHERE I SPOTTED THAT RARE HUMMINGBIRD |
There is a short fairly steep hill leading down to Bayfield's harbor and coming back up that hill to make a hairpin turn to the right this morning even the Jeep's 4-wheel drive was in trouble for about 10 seconds as we slid a good 10 feet backwards on the ice under the snow. Both the Jeep and I quickly regrouped and agreed on a plan that required the straightening of the front wheels plus the application of some major power. We rocketed our way around that hairpin in a rather sideways motion and firmly gripped our way up the remainder of the grade. Exciting.....just like the old days:))
|THESE PARK RACCOONS ARE COMFORTABLY WEARING THEIR WINTER OUTFITS|
Noticed a few people digging out in downtown Bayfield this morning but I was surprised at the lack of traffic on the roads for a Friday morning. We slip-slided our way to the south end of town and popped into the local Foodland Supermarket for some milk.
| TURNED LEFT OUT OF OUR PARK AND HEADED DOWN THIS SNOWY ROAD IN THE DIRECTION OF BAYFIELD|
| DIGGING OUT IN DOWNTOWN BAYFIELD|
|THIS FELLOW WAS BUSY KEEPING FOODLAND'S PARKING LOT CLEAR|
| ANOTHER SNOW REMOVAL MACHINE WARMS UP IN THE BULLPEN|
Following our snowy milk run we headed home where I busied myself topping up the birdfeeders and following my snow shovel around all over the place again. This is not fun anymore!!!! And to add insult to injury, I was hoping the 40 pounds of birdseed I bought last week would last me until Christmas but at the rate of seed consumption in this wintery weather, I won't even have enough to last me to St. Patrick's Day. I hope I'm not forced into the tough decision of deciding what's more important.....gas for the car or seeds for the birds!!
|THIS WAS THE ONLY SNOWPLOW I SAW|
| A FEW MORE PHOTOS IN BAYFIELD THIS MORNING|
I am beginning to think this recurring pain in my right leg may be directly related to my snow shoveling. I won't know for sure until all this !!@#%%&* snow is finally gone so it's just another reason to look forward to an early Spring. By the looks of things outside today, it looks more like this is an early start to this year's already approaching winter in November. Checking the 14-day weather forecast I see that 7 of those days are predicted snow days. Enough is enough is enough of all this snow already!! However, I do see temperatures trending steadily into the upper thirties in the third week of the month. What would we northerners do if we didn't have the hopes of nicer weather to look forward to eh. It seems like we sometimes only really appreciate the good stuff after we've had a good bunch of bad stuff.
| BAYFIELD'S PIONEER PARK QUIETLY AWAITS SUMMER'S TOURISTS|
Al's Music Box:)) Black Magic Woman by Santana from the album Abraxas. 1970
| HEADING HOME THIS MORNING|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Doctor: "I see you're over a month late for your appointment. Don't you know that nervous disorders require prompt and regular attention? What's your excuse?"
Patient: "I was just following your orders, Doc."
Doctor: "Following my orders? What are you talking about? I gave you no such order."Patient: "You told me to avoid people who irritate me."
'Nice Caboose': I took the train to NYC today and the conductor paid me the nicest compliment as I was boarding...He said, “First class rear..."
Sorry to disappoint you but no snow up here!ReplyDelete
Glad to see Santana on your list Al. I grew up in NorCal, but went to college in Iowa back in 1975 and hardly anyone (except Californians) even knew of Santana. Some bands were so regional back in those days when the only medium to hear new stuff was AM/FM radio.ReplyDelete
Well duh. You were actually surprised at the lack of traffic! Ha. You're probably just more intrepid, and even an experienced person such as yourself had an interesting moment or two in your drive. I can understand how you're weary of it, but truly, surely you admit that's it's beautiful to see. Lovely photos. This is of course all written from where it's beige and gray at this time of year. A few nervy wild plums and redbuds have broken the monotony. And a few persistent low growing things among last year's grass. But mostly blah.ReplyDelete
What a shame that someone left that beautiful old wooden table and chair set outside in the snow.ReplyDelete
As always I enjoyed your photos a great deal. Winter is beautiful, there is no denying that fact. Stay warm, dry and between the snow banks!!!
Al, been AWOL for a few days while dealing with the white stuff. The Governor has declared San Bernardino County/our mountain communities in a State of Emergency and today the President made a Federal declaration for our area which will allow FEMA to assist our area. Wednesday/Thursday our rural lane was plowed using a backhoe and it took 10 hours (around the length of a football field) to move the 109" inches of snow that had accumulated. Biggest problem where to put it all. The expense is shared with four other neighbors. Fortunately my fellow that does the shoveling was able to come yesterday and shovel to very long decks that had 4/5 feet of snow. He wanted to get it off before today's rain. We have lost two three generation grocery stores and now have one grocery store for most of the villages near me. Our roads are all done to one lane and there beams 12/15 feet high. I have not left my house since February 21st and had not seen another human since February 24th until the plow came through on Wednesday night. I am so grateful that all seems well with the house, the electricity only flickered in my area and we had heating, etc. I am blessed. Never thought that Snowmageddon would be a part of my bucket list.ReplyDelete