Friday, January 21, 2011

The Forest Speaks

Three storms later...
 Yes, we've had 3 storms, including freezing rain, since my last post.  The first one dumped about 18" on us, the second about 6" with a "creme brulee" crust on top due to the freezing rain. It covered every living branch and twig, every blade of dried weed and grass with ice.

The next day, as I got out of my car at the office building, I could hear the forest speaking. The wind was breaking and shaking the ice off the branches. The ice was hitting the crust and sliding through the forest. It was constant noise for 2 or 3 days.


Yesterday's 6 more inches of light pouffy snow quieted it down somewhat, but the dazzling sun this morning had crystals raining down on my car.

Three snowstorms in 10 days is pretty significant for us here, but we take it in stride. Most of us have plows or snowblowers or little tractors to clear our driveways. I bought a Subaru Impreza last winter, and the traction with all-wheel drive is amazing.  I don't know why I waited so long!

The wonderful thing about traction is...I can go for rides even when the roads are snow-covered...without worrying about getting stuck in a snowbank or "doing donuts" in the road.  (A donut is when you spin around in a circle-out of control, usually when other cars are coming toward you!)  I can get up the long steep driveways at Mom's & Trisha's without getting a running start or spinning out.  I can't tell you how challenging they were in the old Saturn wagon!

I always try to remember my camera so I can show you the beauty of My New England. I don't love being out in the cold, and I'm not the sporty type. I'd be happy kayaking on a balmy lake, but snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, not so much!  But I love to drive around and find wonderful places to share with my friends.

I've been invited to put a dozen or so photos in a show at the end of February. My problem is trying to figure out which ones! My iPhoto file has almost 7000 pictures in it at the moment. I really need to spend a couple of weeks weeding them out-I'm overwhelmed when it comes to categorizing and renaming all those pictures. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Well, that's my winter storm tour of Western Massachusetts-in a nutshell! I hope your Winter (Summer for Rina!) is going well.

Take a closer look around you and see the beauty that abounds!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Sky is Holding its Breath...

Hello out there in Blogland!

Yes, the sky is holding it's breath. Its cheeks are full and it is ready to blow that blizzard down on us! Many of you have already had your blizzard. It is creeping up the coast and should arrive in New England any minute now. We packed both of our small cars into Jim's workshop/garage with no space to spare. That will make it easier to plow in the morning.

I'm looking forward to having a snow day tomorrow (Wednesday). If I can get some pictures, I'll let you see them.  I'm just getting into a new book, so I can snuggle with Snuggles and Fluffy and read and Blog.

Stay Tuned!