Monthly Archives: February 2015

Winter Has Arrived

25 February Snowfall


View from my front porch

We woke up this morning to a winter wonderland. I don’t think we’ve had this much snow for four or five years.

25 February Snowfall


View from my front porch

25 February Snowfall


View from my front porch

Bob had to shovel a path to the truck and, after the plow went by, he had to shovel through the plowbank at the end of the driveway. I don’t know where the shovel came from, but it looked more like one you’d use in the garden – definitely not a regulation snow shovel.

Sorels


Going out to fill the bird feeder

I don’t get to wear my Sorels very often, but when it snows, they are a joy to have! I bought these on clearance for $14.99 in August of 1986 at a Ben Franklin in Grand Marais, Minnesota. I remember how thrilled I was to find an actual pair of Kaufman Sorels at an affordable price. I’d been lusting after those boots for years, but they were way out of my price range. Don’t run out and buy a pair on my say-so – I don’t think they’re being made in Canada any more, so you’d probably end up with cold toes.

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Mother Nature vs. Truck

Truck


Mother Nature vs. Truck

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Gas Station

Gas Station


Six Mile, South Carolina

Haven’t seen prices like this for a few years!

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Stones: Monochrome Madness

Stones


Stones

You can see the full gallery and information about submitting an entry at Leanne Cole’s blog.

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Duelling Groundhogs

Groundhog Day


Nope. No groundhog here.

Groundhog Day, in my opinion, is the high point of winter. For those of you who may not be familiar with this rather bizarre North American event, on February 2 thousands of Canadians and Americans gather around a groundhog burrow to see if the groundhog can see his shadow as he exits. According to tradition, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow for another six weeks, signalling another month and a half of winter, but if he doesn’t see it, he decides that spring is here and he comes out and does whatever groundhogs do when they are done hibernating. To fully appreciate this event, you have to temporarily forget about things like climatology, meterology and how cold your toes are right now.

In the part of Western North Carolina where I live, there are two “official” groundhogs: Nibbles, who has a burrow near Asheville, and about 25 miles away, Grady, who resides in Chimney Rock. Generally, they agree on their Groundhog Day predictions, but this year, because of some odd weather patterns, it was cloudy in Asheville when Nibbles came out of her burrow but sunny in Chimney Rock when Grady appeared. So Nibbles is predicting an early spring while Grady predicts another six weeks of winter. Clearly, a tie-breaker of some sort is needed. So I went for a walk looking for groundhogs and I didn’t see any at all. Could this mean that all the local groundhogs went back into their burrows to sleep for another six weeks? Maybe I was making too much noise as I walked along and I scared them off.

I guess I’ll have to just wait and see….

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Trail


Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest

My eyeballs are starved for that particular color of green you see when the sun is shining through a high forest canopy.

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