“The flakes are the size of tiny feathers, and that’s the way snow is, it’s not necessarily cold.”

I woke up this morning to a deep blue sky and a bright, eye squinting sun, but I was not taken in by the glory of the morning as the third nor’easter is heading this way. The weatherman says it will be a twenty-four hour event, and during that time it will dump 12-18 inches snow on us. That’s right. This time we get snow. The winds will blow as high as 60 miles per hour. The storm will start tonight around eleven.

I will join the rush to the supermarket. I need light cream, bread and cat food. I’m also thinking I need chocolate. It calms fears, gives comfort and chases away the blues. It even makes a nor’easter bearable.

The snow is almost magical, mesmerizing. When I was a kid, I used to watch it fall from inside my house out the picture window. A street light shined and highlighted the flakes. I could see them fall gently or be blown sideways from the wind. Now I turn on my back light and watch through the storm door. I keep track of the amount of snow as it piles on the top of the deck rail.

Last night as I was lying in bed, I kept hearing a sound I didn’t know. It was a muted scratching sound as if from behind a wall. It was intermittent. I had no guesses as to what it was. It was too loud for a mouse. It wasn’t a branch as there are none which touch the house. I had a couple removed last spring. They scraped my bedroom window. Maddie never comes upstairs so it wasn’t the pitter patter of little cat’s feet. I ran out of guesses and never figured it out, but it didn’t matter. I fell asleep anyway.

Because of the storm coming, I have to fill the bird feeders. I bought sunflower seeds, their favorite. I also have some mixed seeds I throw down under the deck for the doves who are ground feeders and for the spawns of Satan. I have suet for the woodpeckers. Maybe that’ll keep them from pecking holes in the back of my little library though it didn’t before.

By the time it starts to snow I’ll be ready and probably munching on chocolate. I’m thinking it might just be a rabbit, ears first.


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14 Comments on ““The flakes are the size of tiny feathers, and that’s the way snow is, it’s not necessarily cold.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can see that the wind still is rather calm over the Cod, I look at a site that shows wind force and when I look over this area it’s almost absolutely still. It has been raining all night here and the days has been foggy but it will soon change to nasty cold again and perhaps some sunshine. Of course the sun will shine when I work 🙂 🙂

    Here, when mice chew on a roof beam it can sound as if there was a beaver chewing 🙂 So I wouldn’t be the least surprised if it was a mousy You heard after all. We are all so used to it now that not even Albin reacts when he hears it and that dog e´reacts to almost all sounds 🙂

    Yes chocolate is the thing to have during a storm 🙂

    Have a great snow storm!


    • katry Says:

      I have had mice who lived in the eaves of my bedroom. I knew they were there from the poop, and I saw them in my room. The cats were too old to be mousers. Any way, I don’t remember hearing them, and I trapped over 30 of them.

      The storm will start later, closer to 11. They are now saying the Cape will get the worst of it. The total could be as high as 18 inches of snow. I guess we’re paying the price for not having much snow this winter.

      I have chocolate, and I bought gelato. I am ready. Bring on the snow!

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I am so snowed out that I didn’t even bother to clear my driveway. It will melt over the next few days I thought and Mrs MDH and I both drive Jeeps so what the hey.

    The dog next door is a chocolate lab named Sadie, however given her puppy like bad behavior she is known as Satan. I don’t know if she has any spawn stuff but she loves a good bark in the morning and the chance to chase the deer around the neighborhood. Maggie the Westie remembers those glory days but they are long gone

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We haven’t had all that much snow so now we’re being punished. They are now saying as many as 18 inches. It would take a tropical front to melt all that.

      They have closed all public buildings, schools and libraries for tomorrow. The town had a robo emergency bulletin phoned out from the police chief. It was dire.

      Gracie, even with her weak legs, tried to go after any dog she saw. She was persistent.

  3. Bob Says:

    Right now it’s 61 degrees with partly cloudy skies here in North Texas. This morning the temperature was in the low 40s and I think we are out of the winter weather woods for this year. They are forecasting highs in the mid 80s by Saturday. 🙂

    Chocolate cures everything and makes you feel better. I love milk chocolate in any form. Although dark chocolate is supposed to be better, I go for anything that’s considered bad for me and living a few more weeks verses giving up milk chocolates, not even close. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      It was in the 40’s today, but it is now much colder. I went out a while ago to fill the bird feeders, and I quickly got cold, but at least t he birds will have food.

      I’m with you and chocolate. I like dark chocolates but I’m okay with any. I bought a couple of candy bars as the rabbits were a bit too expensive for a quick snack.

      • Pat Says:

        Spring will be here in a week and the chocolate rabbits will be on sale soon. Enjoy the snow it will be gone soon
        – Pat

      • katry Says:

        Now I can enjoy the snow and not call it names I wouldn’t say in public!!

        Rabbits are already on sale at my candy store. Easter is close!

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    Scratching = spawn. Sorry. Your bird feeders have been blown to Portland!

    • katry Says:

      The bird feeders bare still hanging though one is caught on a branch.I saw birds there again this morning, chickadees and gold finches.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Nor’easter and snow predicted and no Tuesday post yet…
    According to capecodtoday: 119,935 reported power outages (2 p.m.) on Cape Cod and Kat’s town is mentioned.
    Good luck, Kat!

    • Birgit Says:

      Update (same source):
      “Some towns, like Chatham, Hardwick, and Dennis are over 90% out of power. […] Power lines are down all over the Cape. A very seasoned lineman on one of Eversource’s crews described the Town of Dennis as “the worst I’ve ever seen”.”

      • katry Says:

        As of this morning it was 3/4 of Dennis out. We ere told there is no way to predict when the lights will come on. After two today I heard my microwave beep then the TV came on and the heat blasted. I cheered!

    • katry Says:

      I had written the post but couldn’t get it published as the electricity went out before I could. I have never seen some trees bend so far, especially the two by my deck.

      Your good luck helped.

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