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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Memories of Snow

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.

11 comments:

NanaNor's said...

Hi, These pics were so beautiful. I do love snow if I can stay inside, in front of a fire with a good book or quilt to work on. I love your area and would love to see it up close, to explore and see the sights. I've only driven through once-just not enough time to really appreciate the beauty.
Have a great day!
Noreen

Cheryl said...

Lovely images....although like you I prefer not to have snow:)

The cardinal looks disgusted with the whole thing.

I suppose the only good thing was your friend spent a little more time with you.

George said...

The word 'snow' is nearly the four-letter word now that it is in January. You got some great pictures of your unexpected snow to share with us.

Madi and Mom said...

MOL that is too funny!!! Finally we have temps, rain and clouds in Raleigh and are currently at 73 degrees...about 30 degrees cooler than last week this time.
Hugs Madi your BFFF

Ms. A said...

Summer is my least favorite time of year. I can't tolerate the heat in my old age. I'm ready for fall!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love your snowy photos! It would be lovely if we could draw in those cooler temps when we needed them....and discard the inconvenience of the snow itself!

Arkansas Patti said...

I would love that snow. I spent most of my adult years in Florida so snow is novel and beautiful for me. We got zip last year.
Hope you got the cooling rain but not the scary storms.

robin andrea said...

We're having a bit of heatwave here right now, so those snow pics are perfect! Glad you're getting a cooling trend, ours arrives on Saturday.

Rudee said...

It's pretty to look at, but I'd rather sweat.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

A snowfall once every couple years is nice.....as long as it melts within a day or so.