Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snow.... so close, yet so far away

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It's been proven to me once again that the real Joker is not from Batman. No, the REAL Joker is none other than that impish fellow named Jack Frost!

The temps finally decrease enough to allow for snow... something we haven't seen in over a decade, and even then it was just a dusting of the white stuff... and on Thursday night we're actually under a Winter Weather Advisory.

That's right. School closings, staying off the roads. We're talking the works, because let's face it... this is Texas, and the entire state nearly shuts down when there's ice on the road.
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In the wee hours of the night you'd have thought I was a child waiting for Saint Nicholas, because I kept peering out the window for any signs of snow. (Early in the evening I did see some drizzle, but it was short lived). I knew it was a long shot that we'd receive snow - as the old adage goes, "Experience teaches sense" - but since we have moved closer to Austin the percentage of my wish coming true had increased at least a little.

Or so I had hoped.

Turns out Austin received 2 1/2 inches of snow. (My poor sister missed it since she's at a conference in San Antonio. How evil is that?! I fear I'd never recover from such a blow). All we accumulated here was ice, icicles so skinny they look like they've been on the Nutri-System diet plan, and a lot of slush.

A LOT of slush, and no snow at all. Not a speck.

And I missed it, but I hear the crows had ice on their backs in the morning. Imagine that. Ice! The poor things. (By the way, it was actually pretty fun to walk on that ice. The grass was wrapped in it, and you could hear it crunch beneath your boots).

I would have preferred to have seen snow here at our new place. I can't help thinking of what awesome photo opportunities that would have made, especially with cattle as my next door neighbors.

Well, one gal in this household was happy. One of our dogs, Maddie, LOVES the cold and that silly girl wanted to lie down in the slushy yard all day. The only way I could get her to come back inside was by uttering the magical word "Yummy!"


Here are pics of my No Snow Day:

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And here are some pictures I took of the sunrise this morning. Unfortunately, some of them are a little blurry and I'll have to wait until very late tonight to upload the video.

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  1. Oh my gosh Kristin... your photos are just fabulous!... each and every one is a work of art... I LOVE the huge old tree with the crow at the very top!... I love crows... we have them too and I love to hear them caw as they fly over... your surrounding countryside is so beautiful!... I would gladly send you some of our snow!... I think we both have been blessed with Natures beauty... wishing you a blissful weekend, xoxo Julie Marie

    1. Thanks, although the pics would be a lot better with a higher end camera. The zooming feature alone begs for me to chuck the darn thing in the neighbor's pond.

      I love the crows, too. My grandmother has a place in the woods and the crows there exist in the dozens, and it's so quiet up there. (While I LOVE not living in suburbia, and instead living on 2 acres, there is a lot of traffic noise here. I don't think I'll ever escape that). The further back you walk though, it does get quieter and quite hilly. (Something else that's new to me and like a dream come true). I know we have deer out there.

  2. Kristin, thank you so much for you sweet comments on my blog. Losing a pet is so hard as you know, it helps to hear from others who feel the same about their beloved fur babies. Your photos above are really pretty, but some a bit frightening! That kind of weather is expected up here, but not in Texas! We are in for another visit from the Polar Vortex on Monday. Stay warm! ~ Diane

    1. We're supposed to be getting more cold temps this week. (Hooray!) Honestly, I don't handle the cold very well but when it leaves I feel quite sad. I think it's because our summers last so long and are so unbearable. The humidity alone is a nightmare.

      And again, I'm really sorry to hear about your furbaby. It really is a tough event to go through. That's why I've sworn to myself that from now on.... no more pets.

      Although I wouldn't mind a visiting barn cat!

  3. Hi Kristin-

    Woo hoo, a Texas blogger.
    I live in South Texas and I am anxious for planting season too. I guess it has to wait because more cold weather is coming.

    Your photographs are wonderful-
    I am still working on that learning curve.

    Enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower.

    White Spray Paint blog


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