75: Real snow

(Snowy creek scene.)

Did I call that last dusting of snow “real snow?”  Because I was wrong.  Last night and today have brought on the real stuff.  It’s been snowing like crazy.  It’s amazing how fast it accumulates.

(The sun tries to make an appearance, then gives up.)

I may regret the expenditure of energy from this morning’s walk.  I intended to go out for the required 30 minutes and come right back in.  I forgot that it takes time to make your way through the snow.  I had to shovel the porch first.  Then make a walkway to the barn.  It’s best to do this so the snow doesn’t get tamped down where it will freeze and become ice later on.

(Looking at the barn from the front porch.)

The porch isn’t really a porch, as you can see.  More like a few slabs of concrete with a roof over it.  Making this area into a lovely porch is on our to-do list of home improvement projects.

(Real snow on the pumpkin.)

I ended up outside for over an hour, trudging through some pretty good sized drifts (some almost 2 feet high).  I think we’ve gotten about 10-12 inches of snow so far, but it’s hard to tell with the wind swirling it around, leaving some areas piled high and others practically bare.

(Prayer flags in the snow.)

I wasn’t able to capture the shots I really wanted.  The wind was blowing in the wrong direction.  I would have ended up with a lens full of snow.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

It was a lovely walk and I enjoyed every peaceful moment of it.  I might have stayed out longer but I thought it best not to overdo it.

Today is all about clear liquids.  No food for me.  Just clear liquids.  I had some green tea, a glass of apple juice, and cup of broth for breakfast.  I made up some Jello (something I meant to do last night) and plopped the bowl into the snow just outside the door.  In case you ever need to know this, putting a bowl of gelatin into a pile of snow will cause it to gel quickly.  In about an hour.  It’s better than the quick-gel method.

Lunch was a bowl of pineapple Jello, a cup of broth, and some more apple juice.  I am tempted by the food in the fridge every time I open it, but the consequences of eating (the possibility of having to do this over again if the right results are not achieved this time around) are good incentive to stay on track.

I had planned to make this into a kind of spa day.  There are people (celebrities even) who pay big bucks for a day of fasting and colon cleansing.  So I got to thinking I might take it easy today.  Do some gentle yoga.  Soak in the disco tub for a little while.  Give myself a mani-pedi and a facial.

(Today’s moment of sunshine:  I wouldn’t mind being here right now.  Grand Lake, Colorad0, August 2010.)

But as soon as I was out of bed my mind started running this seemingly endless loop of all the things I need to do over the next few weeks.  For someone who isn’t going to be eating solid foods today, I sure do have a lot on my plate.  It occurred to me that since tomorrow is going to be a do-nothing (except go to the doc) day, maybe I ought to be doing lots of things today.

(Snow squiggles and loops on the pond.)

I decided to get the loop out of my head and down on paper.  A to-do list.  Having started with that, I see it’s true.  There is a lot to be done.  The next step was to prioritize.  There is still a lot to be done but at least I know where to start.  I also know where I need to start cutting back in order to create more time for the things on the to-do list as well as find some time here and there for myself.

The end result is that one of the things I need to cut back on is (you guessed it) my computer time.  That means a little less time over the next few weeks visiting other blogs and (hopefully) shorter blog posts from me for a while.  I will try to keep up by reading and spending less time commenting.  At least that way I’ll know what all my blog friends are up to.

Well, I’d better go.  I started the real prep for tomorrow’s Birthday Fun at noon (as instructed).  I’ll be downing more stuff at 3pm and then again between 4pm and 6pm.

I have a feeling it is going to be a LONG night.  Heh.

14 Comments on “75: Real snow”

  1. Christina says:

    Watching the news this morning they had a weather report from I-90 in Cleveland showing piles of snow on the road so I figured you’d had a pretty good weekend dusting of it! Of course it looks oh so pretty from the warmth of my office 🙂

  2. Nickie says:

    Your porch looks really pretty. And the massage place in Colorado looks very inviting!

    I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow. *Hugs*

  3. Kel says:

    oh dear
    i’ve had ‘birthday fun’ a couple of times and in no hurry to do that again!
    hope it goes well (as well as those things can go)

    your porch looks very christmassy

  4. Kala says:

    Oh, I love the image of the snow on the pumpkin! Winter is definitely here!

  5. Marianne says:

    Wow, you did get lots of snow. We have a little. Enough to make the driving crazy.

    The time will go fast…I think. Best wishes!

    • Robin says:

      It’s still coming down, Marianne. Lake Erie is really cranking out the snow. It’s not supposed to stop until late tomorrow or Wednesday.

      Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂

  6. Karma says:

    10-12 inches of snow! Wowee! Sounds like a snow-day from school – not that that is your concern anymore. 😉

    Best of luck for tomorrow! May it be over with in a jiffy.

    • Robin says:

      Usually it wouldn’t mean a snow day from school around here, Karma, so I was surprised to find that quite a few schools were closed. Well, not surprised too much after our experience driving through some of the snow squalls on Sunday.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes. 🙂

  7. bearyweather says:

    Love the first picture. I have been taking a lot of snowy pictures, too … the snow seems pretty right now. Wonder if we will all still be taking snow pictures in February thinking that snow is pretty.

    • Robin says:

      I doubt we’ll still be thinking of it as pretty in February, Bearyweather. That’s why we usually fly south in February or March, in search of warmth and sunshine.

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