Day 70: It’s here…

During the night there was wind and rain.  A lot of rain.  Sometime early this morning it sounded like pellets of ice hitting the windows.  And when we woke up, it was here:

(Snow on the pumpkin.)

The first real snowfall of the season!  (I don’t think the few flurries we’ve had should count since they were mixed with rain and never amounted to much more than “few.”)  I know some of you have already had your first (and second, possibly third) snow experiences this season and are over the excitement of it.  Having had a look at our forecast for the next ten days, my excitement may dwindle too.  But for now I’m going to revel in the joy of the first snowfall.

In between the noise of the wind hitting the camera you can hear the birds singing.  It seems an incongrous sound to go with the cold, white snow.

(Walking through the meadow towards the woods.)

As you can see, the snow hasn’t amounted to much yet.  There is a chance of snow in the forecast for the next ten days which generally means Lake Erie is cranking it out.  Or there is a chance it will.

(Overflowing creek.)

We must have had a lot of rain yesterday and overnight.  The pond is overflowing.  The creek is taking up a goodly portion of the woods now, having gone way over its banks.  I didn’t even attempt to walk down into the woods today.  I was already painfully cold in spite of all the layering, hat, gloves, etc.  I didn’t want to get my feet wet.  I suspect the whole of the woods is more than boggy.

(Pretty white dusting.)

I only lasted about 20 minutes out there.  As mentioned earlier, it was painfully cold.  It’s the wind nipping at my face and fingertips that gets me.  I will go out again later to get in the rest of my 30 minutes.

(Winter cattails.)

I wasn’t able to feed the birds.  The barn doors are frozen shut.  The bird seed is stored, naturally, in the barn.  I wanted to bring it into the garage but M was against that idea.  He thinks it will entice the mice to come live in the garage.  It’s not a bad reason.  Except… the bird seed is kept in a hard plastic, airtight container.  And the mice move into the garage every winter anyhow.  Sometimes they move into the house as well.  That’s why we have cats.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

We feed the cats and allow them to laze around for three of the four seasons of the year.  In exchange, they earn their keep during the winter months by hunting down and ridding us of the mice.

Anyhow.  I’ll be going back out to feed the birds as soon as M comes home from work and opens the barn doors for me.  Hopefully the wind will have died down by then.

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14 Comments on “Day 70: It’s here…”

  1. Karma says:

    Your weather has moved east once again. I think your blog has been a pretty decent forecast for my area, although I don’t expect your snow! It is pouring here today, but it was freaky warm – almost 60 degrees. Tomorrow is to be colder. Still waiting for our first “real” snow – we had icky slush piles earlier in November, but I don’t count that!

  2. sherri says:

    And a beautiful winter it is! I like how you started out with the snow is on the pumpkin. I remember that phrase, but can’t place it at this moment:-)

    • Robin says:

      I think the phrase is “frost on the pumpkin,” Sherri. I was borrowing from that. Your comment got me curious so I went searching for the answer as to where the phrase comes from and found it’s from a poem by James Whitcomb Riley titled “When the Frost is on the Punkin.” If interested, you can find it here:

      http://www.bartleby.com/104/10.html

  3. Kel says:

    i love that snowy pumpkin

  4. Anna says:

    Wonderful first snow photos, and I really like the snowy pumpkin. I’m looking forward to our first real snow. 🙂

  5. Marianne says:

    Our temps dipped overnight and I woke up to a little snow also.

    I love the sound of the little winter chickadees. The family next door feed the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. It’s not unusual to see the squirrels running around with peanuts in their mouths or blue-jays landing on their deck to scoop up peanuts. The little chickadees hide in the two tall evergreen trees and sing, sing, sing.

    Just yesterday, I noticed how much weight the squirrels have gained. Although, lucky for them, they still get around very quickly.

    • Robin says:

      Marianne: The squirrels will probably be glad of that extra weight in few weeks.

      I love the sound of the little winter chickadees too. And watching the birds at the feeders. Up until last year we didn’t feed the birds via feeders because we don’t mow the meadows until late in the spring. There are plenty of seeds out there from all the wildflowers and thistle and grasses. But our kitties, who are indoor cats, love watching the birds at the window so we started feeding them to entertain the cats. It’s a win-win. The cats can watch, the birds can eat, and everybody is safe from harm. 🙂

  6. Preston says:

    I really enjoyed your winter moment. Now it has me worried about our first snow which is right around the corner.

  7. bearyweather says:

    I hope you enjoyed your taste of winter …. if I could, I would send you a little bit of mine … I have a ton of that white stuff and willing to share it ;0)
    Your Pretty white dusting picture was great.


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