We had a freakish snowstorm yesterday and I was driving home from Pennsylvania when it hit. I say freakish because it came on fast and heavy and although we all knew that we were going to have some weather, I was so surprised at the amount of the snowfall. We had a foot where I live in Maryland, and by the evening, it turned into freezing rain.
Needless to say, today is a snow day off from school. When I woke this morning, the white stuff had compacted to about half its original amount, ice covered all the trees, and it was raining a little and freezing at the same time.
The driveway yesterday, taken with my cell phone in-between the swish of the wiper blades. My relief upon entering the driveway was immense. I had come from the local highway where someone had pulled out in front of me, nearly causing an accident. I missed him by mere inches while I tried to gently pump the brakes so that I wouldn’t go into a skid. Accidents were all over the highway, raising the discomfort level of all drivers, I’m sure.
I snapped this photo right after coming home. The first thing I did was something my husband would have done: Get the bird feeders filled.
It benefits both the birds and me, when I get to capture them through the window.
I left early Saturday morning for my sister’s house in PA for a baby shower for my niece, Emily. It’s my sister’s first grandchild and she is elated. The shower was a complete success and the mother-to-be is such a pleasure to be around. She was just glowing.
I know I’ve mentioned a hundred times how much I enjoy snow. But this snow came on so fast, and suddenly there was a whole foot of it and my husband’s absence seemed even more profound. He always did the shoveling and would make paths all around the place for the dog. He really enjoyed the snow. It’s hard work now and my son and I got a small portion of it done but . . .
The snow did nothing but make me feel isolated up here. It is weird, is all.
I’m sure I’ll get used to it as the winter wears on.
And speaking of weird . . .
The crazy cardinal is back and tapping at his reflection again. This time, there were witnesses, too. A little junco and a Carolina wren watched Mr. cardinal (and shook their heads in disbelief, I’m sure).
I made some photo books for family this year. Sssshhh, don’t tell. This year, I tried two companies that I’ve never used before:
Artisan State – incredibly beautiful ‘Little Black Books’.
Artifact Uprising – really nifty stuff here.
Hope your week is a good one, my friends ~