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Snow, Snow, and More Snow

I am not sure what day tomorrow is.  Which is not too unusual considering we have been snow and ice bound since Sunday night.  The snow started coming down in big, fat, fluffy flakes Sunday evening and continued on throughout the night into Monday morning.  We ended up with depths ranging from 4” to 8” up here on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama.  Everything came to a halt:  grocery stores were closed, service stations were delayed opening; and schools and businesses were closed all over the county.  Later Monday morning there was a slight drizzle of sleet.  You can imagine what that did to the snow.  Because the county runs Southwest to Northeast the weather at the top of the county is usually more severe than what we personally experience but we are in a county school system and if students who live 30 miles farther north cannot get to school, we will not be going to school. The last time we had this much snow was in March, 1993. And this was our third snow event since the first of December!  It was a treat to wake up to a White Christmas morning. The kids have been out of school every day this week and Monday is a national holiday so I have my daughter with me until Tuesday morning.  I’m going to really miss her when she goes back to school. I hope I get called to do substitute teaching. I was scheduled to do substitute teaching for two days this week but lost those opportunities. The board of education is not sure when these snow days will be made up because they’ve already gone through the designated weather days for this academic year.  School in June, here we come.

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Snow is HERE and It’s Not Even Midnight

Snow across the parking lot and the side and front of the church. That's the Big Guy's truck you see.

The Snow is Here!! Yea! Time to snuggle into the down comforter t0 stay warm. Around 10:00, I noticed that cars were driving by the house much slower than usual and I heard what I thought what might be thunder. Thunder in a snow storm is a bad sign or maybe a good sign, depending upon your age. It means there will be a lot of snow. I got up from the sofa where I had been looking at patterns on Ravelry for a shawl/cowl to knit to keep my neck and shoulders warm. When I looked outside I was amazed at how much snow had fallen in such a short length of time. It had not been that long since I had let the dogs back into the house after their nightly foray into the yard.

Daughter will be so excited when she sees it in the morning. This time there is more than enough to make snow cream. It’s simple to make and I’ve been making it my entire life. Fill a large bowl, the largest bowl you can find, with clean snow. Once inside open a can of sweetened, condensed milk and add at least a teaspoon of vanilla and a smidgen of salt. Stir until it’s creamy then enjoy it and fight over who gets the little bit that’s left. If there’s enough, then freeze it and you can enjoy fresh snow cream next month!

Am planning on cooking a full breakfast complete with scrambled yard eggs, bacon, grits and made-from-scratch-biscuits!  Oh, yes, with real butter and homemade jelly and preserves.  That should last us until whatever I put in the crockpot is done.  I have several options and I want to go with the most simple.  One more look outside at the unbelievable snow and then I’m off to bed.  Couldn’t go to sleep at my usual time; I had to see how much snow we were going to get.

Big, fat flakes coming down in the back of the house.

Fast falling, big fat flakes looking like white silken strands.

More Snow. No School.

If the powers-that-be who predict weather for North Alabama, (yeah, we think we’re different from the rest of the state) are correct, we are in for some Biiiiigg snow.  Inches of the powdery, white stuff falling from the sky Sunday night that may transition to sleet or freezing rain by Monday night.  The school system has already used up its ‘weather days’ and any additional days out of school will have to be made up at the end of the year.  The seniors could be graduating in June instead of May.  I don’t mind as I enjoy having my daughter around.  And if she gets too bored, she can download a book onto her Christmas Kindle.  Besides the fact that the books are cheaper, you can get a new one to read when you’re miles from a decent bookstore or can’t get to said bookstore.  Incredibly I haven’t really looked at her Kindle and played with it or asked her to show me all its bells and whistles.  I think the opportunity is coming.  Soon.

All the pets are inside tonight, with the temperature falling into the low 20’s, including the neighbor’s Bassett hound.  She has a floor pillow she sleeps on that’s next to the front door.  I have plenty of dog food, cat food, cat litter and milk.  Only Child said that she knows where she stands in the household hierarchy after reading this list.  Humph!  She knows very well where she stands….at the top!  At least I did not add new yarn and needles to that list.

Tomorrow afternoon, while waiting for the snow, I’m going to identify my circular needle sizes and set up my Namaste case that I received for Christmas from Only Child. I love the color she picked out! I want to knit a cowl and that will require circular needles.  I’d like to have them in their new nest ready for me to go straight to the slot where that particular size is and pull it out without having to measure half of the ones I think might be the correct size.  And that, my dear friend, will be wonderful.


Old Wives’ Tales

It is said that if snow remains on the ground for three days it will snow again.  So far for 2010, that tale has proved true. Earlier in December we had snow and school was out for a day.  And the snow was on the ground for more than three days.  Sooooo……..

We woke up Christmas Day morning to snow coming down in big, fat, fluffy flakes.  I looked straight up into the sky and it was awesome to see the flakes coming down first in grey then turning to white as they got closer to earth. By the middle of the afternoon it was covering the trees, and the bushes and ….. everything!  It’s been three days since the last snow and it’s still on the ground.  Does that mean we’ll get more snow?

The snow and icy roads played havoc with everybody’s holiday plans.  I didn’t get to see my brother and niece Christmas afternoon and on Sunday, my other niece’s granddaughter’s baptism was cancelled due to the weather.  She would have worn a baptism gown I made 21 years earlier for her daddy’s baptism.  I tried to make it to look like an antique gown.  For all the babies who have been baptized in the gown I’ve monogrammed the babies’ initials and birth dates between the tucks at the bottom of the dress.  Before I starched and ironed the dress we knew the service had been postponed, so here’s a picture of the dress, wrinkles and all.  I don’t store a dress with starch because the silverfish love it.