“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Today is hunker down day. The strong, howling wind is making the air feel even colder. It is dark like almost night time darkness. The snow is expected to start late this afternoon. The cape will get more than Boston. The last prediction I saw was at least 9-12 inches of wet, puffy snow. The worry isn’t the snow but the possible loss of power because of the heavy wind and the weight of the soon to be falling mushy snow.

Earlier four or five of the boys who live down the street were riding their scooters up and down in front of my house. Gracie loved watching them. I figured their mothers were thrilled the boys could play and ride and tire a bit before they are all housebound.

I have issues with snow. My house was 37˚ because the weight of the snow brought down wires. Once I was stuck in the house for almost a week before they plowed my street. I complained but it didn’t matter. You never know winter.

Despite everything, falling snow is still a wonder to me. I keep checking the windows hoping to see the first few flakes. Watching snow never gets boring. The angles and rhythm of the falling snowflakes are often mesmerizing. I stand at the door and watch, leaving only when I start to get cold. Gracie loves running in snow. When she comes inside, she is always panting, not from exertion but from excitement. Her fur is covered in snow, her face in Boxer spit. Gracie runs with her mouth open.

Five minutes ago I looked out the window, no snow. Just now I looked again and it’s snowing. The storm seems fierce because the wind is blowing the snow everywhere, in all directions. The flakes are big and are already covering tree limbs. It’s coming fast. I think they may have underestimated the amount of snow. I’ll keep checking and let you know.

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14 Comments on ““The very fact of snow is such an amazement.””

  1. greg washington Says:

    take care!!! winter is the reason we left Minnesota, its kinda funny listening to people talk about how cold temps in the 20s are….

    • katry Says:

      I will, thanks, Greg.

      I don’t shovel. Skip will be by to do that. He’ll plow out the mailbox and the car. I’ll write out the check and be happy to do so!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Your blizzard is our top radio news. Good luck!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Your snow storm is one of our top news today so it is easy to follow what is happening. Here it’s going the opposite way even if we actually had a smal snow fall for a while.

    I like seeing snow falling but I wish it was like in those gif’s on Facebook where it continues to fall but never fill up on the ground 🙂

    My workfriends and I usually say that if the white garbage must fall from the sky it should at least be so much that we can’t get to work for a week or so 🙂 Most of us have food enough at home to survive for a week and most of us have fire places so we won’t freeze 🙂

    Both Nova and Sune loves the first snow we get but Nova tends to get tired of it after a while, Sune would most likely love if we lived in a snowy world all the time but then again he just love all kind of weather except for too heavy rain.

    I just watched the first episode of the latest season of Grimm! They sure didn’t take it easy 🙂 Now I really have something to look forward too every Saturday 🙂

    They say tomorrow will be foggy almost all day so I hope it is thick enough to give me some nice photos 🙂

    Have a great snowstorm day!


    • katry Says:

      Birgit said the same thing about the storm being big news there as well. Right now it is blowing from the north which is never good. The snow seems to be accumulating quickly.

      Gracie went out but tried to come in right away. I waited, and she went quickly then ran inside the house.

      I’m waiting for Grimm to return. They will be back sometime in the next few months to finish the season. I hate that programs show reruns in the middle of their season. I know they’ll be back but I still find it annoying.

      Enjoy the fog!!

  4. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat I’m back in Toronto Canada for a week and it’s cold here but no snow only sunny skies. I arrived a day early just in case the weather was bad so that I could travel on Sunday.

    The big storm was the lead story on the news in Dallas this morning. Even with all the cancellations of flights to the North East the airport was crowded. Regardless of the winter weather the New York metropolitan area is still the center of the financial world and a huge number of corporate headquarters are located in New York or New Jersey. One would think that the CEOs of these big firms would move their headquarters to the South where the weather is better and the taxes are low. I was amazed that Boeing left Seattle, which is where Bill Boeing founded the company, for Chicago. Toyota is moving their headquarters to Plano Texas probably for tax relief. I think Texas, Florida and Washington State have no income tax.

    Do you know that every time there is a thunderstorm that there is a snowstorm at the same time in the upper atmosphere. Usually the snow melts into rain before hitting the ground. Or the snow goes up and down inside the thunder cloud melting and re-freezing into hail stones which get heavy enough to hit the ground. Sometimes in the winter you can get thunder while it’s snowing.

    Good luck riding out the storm. I hope your power stays on through the weekend.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I guess the snow is all along the East coast from the Southern states northward. We are under a blizzard warning here on the Cape until 1AM. The visibility was horrid even as soon as the snow started. We will get 9 to 12 inches when all is said and done.

      Gillette is moving to Boston. So many new buildings are being built it is difficult to keep track. The city is having a renaissance.

      Though those states have no income just means they tax you in other ways. “Texas and Nevada have above-average sales taxes, and Texas also has higher-than-average effective property tax rates. Florida relies on sales taxes, and its property taxes are above the national average.”

      I don’t think weather is a consideration in making the decision where to move. Gillette liked the number of universities in the area with their potential hiring pool and they loved the availability of land by the harbor in the seaside district, the hottest area in the city.

      Have a good night!

      • Bob Says:

        Do you mean the Gillette razor blade company? If so they need lots of Universities to get those top graduates to come up with new razors. 😀

      • katry Says:

        Yes, Bob, they are moving their headquarters to Boston for a lot of reasons including the pool of graduates.The 33-acre site will house Research and Development, Engineering, Manufacturing and Marketing related to the Gillette Blade and Razor business.

  5. im6 Says:

    I know I’ll pay for it in the summer, but it was certainly nice napping on the chaise on my balcony this afternoon. Temps around 70º, but because it’s somewhat inset, the lack of breeze lets it warm up considerably. The other afternoon, the thermometer was in direct sunlight and I thought it was going to pop. It had hit 120º and then continued as far as it could go. I don’t miss the snow at all. I think I may have to consider donating many of the sweaters and jackets I accumulated over the years while living “up north.” Here’s hoping you’re spared the worst of it and that the power stays on.

    • katry Says:

      I think you missed a couple of spots when you were rubbing it in!!!

      Last winter was, I hope, an aberration though it is scary that it was about this time last year when the snow started and never stopped.

      I wouldn’t miss the snow, but I’d miss everything else I love about New England.

      This is a great song. Don’t be surprised to hear it on Coffee tomorrow!!

  6. Beto Says:

    your winter poem…

    Falling snow ‘neath the old street light
    Wonders dancing on a winter’s night
    Jack frost in the corner panes
    Crystal paint in glassy frames

    Bundled warm with the purring cat
    Dog on the couch for a evenings nap
    Cocoa steams in the painted crock
    Twig and stone, pop and talk

    Only here for this little time
    The little things, God’s great sublime.

    • katry Says:

      This is perfect. I love your description of wonders dancing and Jack Frost in the corner panes. I remember the thin bit of ice on the inside windows. I used my nails and carved my named in the ice.

      They are all here sleeping, the cats and the dog. I have an afghan keeping me warm. I am in a winter frame of mind.

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