Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First Snow of 2013

Don't get excited, it's not the snow of Colorado or even as close as sixty miles north of us. For the past two winters we have had real snow, the kind that floats down in fluffy flakes that land gently one atop another until they have covered the countryside, transforming it into a winter wonderland (wonderful unless it breaks trees). Those two years are an anomaly here. This is our normal snow, the kind that streaks down in hard little ice crystals that pelt bare skin and buries itself in the grass. Its presence is only shown on flat surfaces above ground, like cars, decks, roofs, and bridges.

In a far corner of the backyard, I let the grass grow tall, just mowing a few trails through it to the apple trees. I love watching the tall grass wave in the wind, and the wildlife enjoys the seed and the cover from predators. Today I was thrilled to see a hawk land in the grass. I waited for it to take off again, but it stayed there, out of my sight.

Now a true blogger and photographer would have grabbed her camera and waited for it to emerge, but my first thought was to call Hubby so he could see it too. I kept watching and saw two crows circling and diving at a spot in the grass. Soon the hawk took flight with the crows close behind. I have no idea what the hawk was doing there.
Even though we aren't finished with the kitchen, this icy snow reminded me of another urgent project we need to do, a roof over the back door. That deck is slippery when wet and downright treacherous when icy.

Meanwhile, work on the kitchen project continues. We really need to get the beadboard up and out of the garage. A big pile of sixteen foot wood takes up a lot of space. Last weekend Hubby primed more beadboard and today I put a coat of paint on it. No more painting that stuff overhead for me.


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9 comments:

Cheyenne said...

It is snowing right now here in the northeast. With ice to follow. And then rain and slush and all those ungodly other things we get during the winter. Ugh and yuck!

Kate said...

We got a bit of sleet over the weekend, but so far that's been our winter precipitation. However it has been cold!

Getting birds to cooperate with a photo shoot is almost impossible. My Guy likes taking photos of birds. He has a few good ones, but he's taken a lot that didn't work out.

Pat said...

We don't get the big snows we used to. We sort of miss them.:-) We had ice over the weekend, but it was gone quickly.

Jan said...

We're really iced up here in UK at the moment. Snow is forcast for Friday. Grrrr! Jx

Marti said...

I thought you had a lot of snow there. My dd moved up there a few years ago and talks about all the snow. But then, she is comparing it to our snow and she missed our last two years of real snow.

Marti said...

I would say that sounds lovely, but considering your drive, I'm sorry to hear it. Be careful.

Laraine Eddington said...

We have had a rare cold few days and this morning I slipped on the only patch of ice we've ever had. It was exciting :(

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

We're on a winter storm watch tomorrow. So maybe we'll get some snow in Atlanta tomorrow (but I doubt it).

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