Many people are suffering with the excessive heat across our country. We had a very mild winter this year, but for the previous three years we had above average snowfall. A few people love to think back fondly on those cold days. Especially during the heat waves of summer.
One of my Milwaukee friends came down to visit in March one of those years to enjoy our Carolina sunshine and get away from the Wisconsin cold and snow. We laughed when the skies became cloudy and my friend mentioned that in WI that would have signaled snow.
Little did we know that it signaled snow here. In the middle of March. While it happens often in the higher elevations, it is not that common here. And snow it did. And it kept on snowing.
This cardinal glared at me as if I caused the snowstorm.
Lots of snow and still snowing.
A goldfinch picks up a mouthful of the white stuff.
The bird was sitting on the deck rail.
This photograph gives you some idea how deep the snow was.
And it wasn't done yet.
Branches were laden with heavy snow.
My friend and I had planned to sit on the deck much of the time,
talking, reading, or watching birds.
That wasn't going to happen this trip.
The snow lingered and we could not get to the airport for my friend's return flight home. We changed her flight and she got to stay an additional two days.
Memories of snow...do I miss it? Not at all. We chose this place for our retirement because of the infrequent snows. Even when it gets too hot outside, I still would not want a flake of snow. I'll just stay in the air-conditioned comfort and try not to go stir-crazy. At least I can still get in the car and drive somewhere. And I can look at photographs of the snow more fondly than I looked at the snow itself.
On the bright side, we are expecting a cold front to give us some relief today. It will be most welcome.