“The gaunt limbs, and stark, rigid, death-like whiteness of winter.”

The rain pelting the roof and windows is heavy and loud, and the wind is a freight train blowing its whistle. Pine trees have notoriously shallow roots so they bend and sway in the wind. I watched one tall pine in my backyard bend so much it should have split and fallen. I thought I saw a bird furiously flapping its wings while trying to land on a branch. I couldn’t see the sort of bird so I put on my glasses. It wasn’t a bird. It was a brown leaf hanging from the end of a small branch being tossed and spun by the wind.

The snow will be here later, a wet, slushy sort of snow which will freeze overnight when the temperature drops from the 40˚ it is now to 12˚. The deep freeze will continue tomorrow with a high of 17˚ and a low of 1˚. It won’t get above freezing until Monday.

The only room left to de-Christmas is the living room where the tree still stands filled with lights and decorations. I need to haul from the cellar the plastic tubs which hold my decorations. Three smaller boxes are filled and waiting to go downstairs, but they will be last as they sit on the tops of the big bins. I also have a laundry leaning against the cellar door making me feel a bit guilty as it has been there a few days. I figure I’ll be spending the afternoon hauling up and bringing down bins and more bins.

I did a bit of shopping yesterday but not the usual pre-storm bread and milk. I bought shrimp cocktail and sauce at the fish market. Their sauce is tangy and delicious with lots of horseradish. I bought freshly made chicken noodle soup from Spinners, cinnamon rolls from the bakery and prepared pasta with sausages from Nada’s Noodles.

I’m watching Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase. It was the first Nancy Drew I ever read. The movie differs from the book in any ways. Characters have changed while others have disappeared. I like the book better.

I watched a bit of the news this morning. Thee newscasters were giving advice about how best to handle the storm. Drive slowly but stay home if you can. Uncover outside vents, and my personal favorite, don’t touch live wires.

The rain is slanting from the north. That alone is scary.

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14 Comments on ““The gaunt limbs, and stark, rigid, death-like whiteness of winter.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    “Bomb Cyclone” has suddenly appeared in my world, and I am glad that it is heading at you and not us, and not two weeks from today when Mrs MDH and I are flying for New York for a couple of days

    Meanwhile back in Michigan we have been enjoying snow squalls and single digit temperatures that are driving overnight to negative temperatures and winds creating unspeakable chill factors.

    I drive a Jeep, these are the days that I am happy with my choice. Turn the traction button to “Snow” and I am zooming.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The snow has started but is barely falling. The wind is still quite strong. It is getting colder. This weather has gone on far too long.

      We have even had single digit temperatures. The other day was 7˚. When 12˚ is the high, freezing mustn’t be far away.

      My Toyota does okay but slowly is best.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I can see that You right now have winds up to 51,6 mph and that’s pretty strong! That’s the steady ind, how hard the gusts are I have no idea but they are probably much, much stronger. I do hope the pine survives when the snow arrives.

    The things You bought sounds much better to have in a storm than bread and milk 🙂 🙂 It’s getting a bit more cold here and e’ll have more snow they say, perhaps fog tomorrow morning but that’s it. In a way I’m just glad that it won’t rain, I’m so tired of that now.

    I think I have read that book but its Swedish name is Kitty and the Ghost House 🙂 I was the only kid in our apartment building that read lost of books so I inherited loads from all the older kids who also lived there 🙂

    I think it is nice that they tell people not to touch live wires 🙂 🙂 Unfortunately there are people who actually needs to be told that 🙂

    Have a great day in the storm and I do hope You don’t lose power!


    • katry Says:

      You would be amazed at the much the pines are affected by the wind. They bend so far down I know one or more of them won’t last if the wind continues.

      If I have to be stuck in the house, I want great food and fun entertainment.

      If I read Kitty as part of the book title, I’d probably not read it as the names sounds a bit too juvenile. The hidden staircase is how the bad guy moved between houses.

      The fact that the warnings are so obvious is what I found silly.

      It is is quite cold and the snow is still lightly falling.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You did the same kind of shopping I did. Well, I had to shop for all the refrigerated stuff that Peapod couldn’t deliver because of their refrigeration issue. But I also got blizzard supplies: shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, some chili, and some good ice cream. And I got a square of spinach quiche as well. I’m ready.

    It’s been mostly a whiteout here since 7AM. I did try to use the leaf blower to blow away the snow. It worked but it’s very non directional and the wind tended to blow the the newly airborne snow right back in my face. I gave that up. I will shovel when it’s over. We haven’t gotten the wet snow so it should be okay.

    I hope your power stays with you as well as your pine trees.
    Enjoy the evening as best you can.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love what you brought. You and I have the same view of what preparedness for a storm is. I just had my shrimp and am going to het up my soup.

      Down here the flakes are just lumps of wet. There is no snow on the ground at all. I don’t know if any will fall over night.

      I had my lights flicker a few times and my cable went out on the TV and had to reboot. The wind is still so strong I can hear it.

      As long as I have heat, I’ll be just fine.

      Stay safe!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Our first storm this year was yesterday but it mainly hit other regions. Just a few fallen trees and minor damage here. It’s still windy and rainy and I’m glad I could stay home today.
    Stay safe and warm!

    • katry Says:

      It has started to snow here after we had heavy rain most of the day. The ground and roads were flooded as the rain had nowhere to go and just puddled. It will be down to 13˚ tonight so I fear the world will be frozen tomorrow.

      I’m glad for heat and electricity!!

  5. Bob Says:

    Yesterday we had an issue in Phoenix so I jumped on a plane and will be here through Saturday. Today the sun was shining brightly and the high temperature was 84 degrees. I now know the meaning of the words “Snow Birds”. When I get home they are forecasting a high of 60 degrees.

    I’m watching the news and the winter storm in the North East is a killer. I’m surprised that 45 hasn’t been touting how right he has been about global warming being fake.

    • katry Says:

      45 posted a tweet during which he used sarcasm about the snow and global warning. He is not one to pass up an opportunity.

      We won’t get to 84˚ until early August. We will finally get above freezing next week.

      • Bob Says:

        I’ve been here in the Valley of the Sun in August and 110 degrees is a normal afternoon high temperature. We’re talking so hot that if the car is closed up you can’t put your bare hands on the steering wheel until the AC gets the temperature down to around 95…LOL

      • katry Says:

        This was my favorite time of the year in Ghana. The days were in the high 90’s, but the nights got as cold as the 60’s. You could have a day At 99˚ with the night falling to 66˚.

        The heat will come next when every day is in the high 90’s and many will reach over 100˚. We had no AC. I didn’t even have a fan.

  6. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat!

    My guess is that we got about a foot of snow…hard to tell with the drifts. I stayed indoors all day, but will attempt to at least go outside later today (Fri.). The condo association will do its best to shovel the snow. There’s so much. Where do you put it all?

    I have seen some scary stuff in Boston and the surrounding area…glad you are safe!

    Waving from indoors!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I have an ice road the truckers would like. We probably got only a couple of inches of snow but that is on top of what had been rainwater but with below 0˚ temperatures it is now ice. I do not want to venture out except to get my newspaper.

      Stay safe!

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