Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Storm Warning!

Well, we've been dealing with this snow awhile now and it seems we are getting even more. Most snow we've had in 18 years. It's so beautiful...but makes it hard to get things done. My son, Adam, took me to Safeway, Costco, and the Farmer's Market today - I had to "power-shop" for Christmas. "Uh...this looks good! I'll take it! What is it?" Hahahaha. I was getting a bit desperate, having procrastinated in my shopping - and now I'm thinking about seeing what I have laying around that I could foist off as presents. My older son, Ben, had brought me two pair of jeans to hem...uh, hem hem...two years ago....uh, hem, I didn't quite get to them. I'm going to hem them tonight and wrap them up :-) And I made cookies - they count as presents, don't they? Well, you know, I buy them stuff all year long, so it's not like they'll go wanting...

So here was what it looked like yesterday....this is the view from our deck:
And here is what it looks like right now, as more snow is falling. Those are "second-growth fir" on the left, although they may now qualify as "first-growth." According to the United States Forest Service old growth Douglas-fir definition is a tree “greater than 32 inches diameter or greater than 200 years old.” These and others on our property are now greater than 32" in diameter. They are stately and majestic, although when high winds are predicted, they can be deadly.They are shallow-rooted and the lower branches, called "widow-makers" are very dangerous. Tonight we will get high winds, and we shall surely lose our power which means the sewing maching won't be sewing...but at least with our generator we'll have some lights, crockpot, electric frying pan, TV, and our gas range to cook on.

But I should stop complaining - there are others who have it far worse...and I shall be thinking of them...

2 comments:

Aunt Pitty Pat's said...

That snow is so pretty.. it rained here and melted mine all away. :(
Happy Holidays sweet friend, chat with you next year :)
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NadineC said...

Oh god - we have 14 inches now....and it's just not stopping. I just made some Chex Mix...that and the Gingerbread Cookies I made might be what we have for Christmas. Not that it would be a bad thang :-)