“Are ye the ghosts of fallen leaves, O flakes of snow, For which, through naked trees, the winds A-mourning go?”

The storm was terrific. The snow fell sideways because of the close to hurricane force wind. Tree limbs were blown and bent. The bird feeders flew from to side to side, sometimes even with birds holding on for dear life. The snow drifted. Some spots had little or no snow while others had deep snow, the sort where you lift your legs high above the drift instead of trying to plow your way through. I couldn’t see beyond the house across the street because of white-out conditions. Gracie went out in the morning without fuss but hurried inside when she was done. The second time she went out the snow was still falling but was tapering. She squatted with her back to the gate which was a good thing because the gate behind her slowly opened. I ran down the steps which were covered in snow while holding on to the rail also covered in snow. I don’t know why I didn’t fall as it seemed perfect for a dive off the steps; instead, I shut the gate before Gracie even knew it was open. She turned and looked at me then went farther into the backyard. I climbed up the snowy steps and got back into the house. My slippers were so covered in snow you couldn’t tell what they were. My socks had snow clinging to them, and my pants were soaked from the bottom almost to the knees. My hands were freezing, but I didn’t care. Gracie was still in the yard.

By last night the snow had tapered to a few errant flakes, but the wind continued to blow and whistle. I fell asleep to the sound. It was tremendous.

Winter is not leaving easily. It is scratching and pawing the ground trying to keep a handhold. Yesterday was a day in January. Schools were closed. Cars stayed off the roads. I was drawn, as I am when it snows, to the back door to watch the storm. I listened to the wind and saw the trees bend left then right then back again. It was an amazing storm. It was spectacular.

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18 Comments on ““Are ye the ghosts of fallen leaves, O flakes of snow, For which, through naked trees, the winds A-mourning go?””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The last 3 inches needed to surpass the 93 inches recorded in 1881 has proven to be stubborn, Flurries, freezing cold air, rain, opening day at Comerica on Monday (I would not give you a thank you for a ticket)……maybe we have two inches to go and after all this effort we might not go gold.

    Some snow still decorates the landscape, the rest is flattened glass sprinkled with garbage hidden for months.

    Two weeks from today, the Prince will be zooming around the Magic Kingdom with his Pumpa, Grandma, Father and Uncle in hot pursuit. Magic Mick will either be under his arm or back at the hotel – the debate continues between the two of us. Whatever the temperature in Orlando, I will be wearing shorts.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I would be so frustrated to have borne the horrors and rigor of this winter only get silver-the gold out my grasp.

      We had no snow. I had spring flowers. Now we have snow and I have spring flowers now buried.

      I suspect you will need shorts. Mother Nature will smile on you simply because of where you are coming from-the North Pole south.

      I figure the Prince is getting very excited.

      • Hedley Says:

        He was with us last weekend when we watched “Frozen” (again) and ventured out to see the really disappointing Muppet Movie. A trip to Costco and the job of pushing the cart added $5.00 to his burgeoning Mickey Mouse fund, even though he ran over his Grandma’s foot in the excitement.

      • katry Says:

        I laughed out loud sorry to say about the cart mishap. Poor Mrs. MDH.

        Usually Muppet movies are fun to watch, but when I saw clips with Ricky Gervaise I had my doubts.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, the Prince was building up a head of steam and drove the cart right in to the back of his Grandma’s foot – I cackled and was immediately admonished for a lack of sympathy. Mrs MDH limped for a bit while the Prince had reached Formula One speed

      • katry Says:

        That does hurt a bit, and Mrs. MDH was well within her rights to admonish you.

        I’m sure the prince was thrilled to be cart man for the duration, foot or no foot!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m glad the storm left you with no issues other than a momentary scare about Gracie leaving the premises. My old dog would have been out the gate and on the run as well so I understand.
    There was nothing up here yesterday except the roaring of the wind. Now and then a few flakes of snow would fly past. I imagined they had been blown off the edges of the wild weather south of me.
    Rocky was okay about going out in the wind although he doesn’t really enjoy having it blow up his butt. We took no walks yesterday but he didn’t mind staying inside on the couch and just making fast runs out for the necessaries.
    Today is sunny and cold and windy. Winter is hanging on indeed.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It happened once that the gate was open and Gracie was off in a heartbeat. Now I check before I let her out, but the gate was shut then. It slowly opened but I was on it in a second.

      The storm was beyond amazing. It was terrific to watch. I do love storms when I get to keep my lights and heat, and this one was unbelievable.

      Today was a little chilly but so much nicer than yesterday, and every day through Sunday will get better.

      Hope yours was a good day too!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We too had a storm passing by, short but intense and I could see broken trees on our walk this afternoon. But no snow thankfully.

    I was thinking of You and Your storm and was hoping You wouldn’t loose power so the house would stay warm and nice.

    Here the cottage trembled a lot until the wind changed direction and the onkly thing telling we there was a storm going on was the roar from the wind. I slept like a bay that night 🙂 Both cats refused to go outside and my dohs just ran out, did what they needed to do and ran straight back inside again 🙂

    Now it’s absolutely still oustide, it feels strange not having the wind blowing all the time 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      There were a couple of leaning electrical poles which closed roads, but we were lucky the snow was light instead of heavy enough to pull lines down.

      Your cottage would have been shaking off its foundation with the wind. Gracie hurried in and out a well. She even went into the backyard once which surprised me.

      Warm weather is coming this weekend. I can barely wait!

      Have a great evening!

  4. minicapt Says:

    We, unfortunately, have no snow; the daffodils have peaked; the crocuses are finished; the forsythia has come out, as have the hyacinths. Sadness all around.


    • katry Says:


      You are so very far ahead of us. My dafs haven’t bloomed yet and the hyacinths are tiny little buds. We are still fighting winter!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    Yesterday and the day before the skies were cloudy with drizzle and mist. All in all I don’t think we got a tenth of an inch of rain. Today was beautiful with clear skies with temperature in the upper 70s. This evening a big thunderstorm blew up to our northeast and gave us a beautiful lightning show. It was the first big storm of Spring.

    Sherlock hates going out in the rain and is scared of thunder and lightning. Somehow it’s difficult to convince a dog that he has to do his business in all kinds of weather.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I guess you could even call our snow as the first big storm of spring. This weekend will be in the 60’s and Saturday it will rain.
      We have had so many different sorts of weather this week.

      Gracie hates heavy rain but I force her out. Her ears go down and she looks abused instead of the pampered pet she really is. She keeps looking at me hoping I’ll change my mind, but she finally relents.

      • Caryn Says:

        Rocky hates windblown rain. He doesn’t want to go out and if I boot him out, he only does part of his business. Twenty minutes later and he’s looking for the Door into Summer and we have to do the whole thing again. Sometimes I will relent and take him out with an umbrella over us. It doesn’t really keep much rain off him but he thinks it does so he stays out long enough to do all he needs to do.

      • katry Says:

        I tried the umbrella with Gracie and she wasn’t impressed. Now I just boot her outside, repeat go pee every time she looks at me hoping for a reprieve, open the door when she’s done and give her a treat for her troubles.

  6. Cuidado Says:

    We got 53 cm here on the island and today, three days later, schools are still closed because plows are still trying to clear secondary roads. PEI got hit worst of all. I came down with a ferocious cold and have been miserable. I am staying home from work today though my plow guy has come and opened my driveway. What a storm!

    • katry Says:

      I saw the storm was leaving us and headed your way. It sounds worse than it was here as schools opened the next day. My road got plowed early. After the last storm, only half my road got plowed, and it wasn’t my side of the road.

      Sorry about that cold. It makes enduring the weather even worse. Hunker down and stay warm.

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