I think it’s Spring here in North Carolina.
At least it was looking like Spring until the snow we got this weekend. I love the snow,
and we don’t get much of it here in Hickory. We’re surrounded by three mountain ranges, so we usually only get Leftover snow
. That’s what’s left when the clouds are worn out from snowing so hard across the mountaintops that they just piddle a little over everybody else. I know. It isn’t fair, but that seems to be the best they can do around here. (And if I’d have known that when we moved here, I wouldn’t have moved to Hickory. No kidding!)
As I said, it was looking and feeling a good bit like Spring, and things were starting to bloom. I’d gone into our back field to see if there were any Daffodils worth picking, but it was just a couple of days too early. I didn’t even get a chance to get back there again before we had this “big” snow. I think we got about 3” in my back yard.
The storm front came up from the South this time, first passing over Atlanta. When that happens, they get more snow further South than we do here. But I'm happy, because this was a beautiful wet snow which clung to everything. As a result, I did get some pretty cool photos. Bill got some too, but before he could finish with his photographic expedition, he slipped on ice, crashing to the pavement and dashing our new camera to the ground. (Thank goodness it wasn’t me breaking the camera this time...oh, and thank goodness Bill didn't break anything except the camera. Yep, Bill's okay.)
Anti-Snow Pray-ers Caught Offguard:
You probably didn’t know this, but some churches around here “pray against the snow” on the weekends because they don’t like to see the pews empty on Sunday morning due to snow. I'll tell you what, this has been a great annoyance to me in the past. I wouldn’t have a problem with it if we got a lot of snow around here, but as I said, it‘s gotten to be quite a rare occurrence. Honestly, God probably got a bigger kick out of seeing how much all of us enjoyed his handiwork than he would have from seeing us sitting respectfully in church.
As it is, I suspect that the anti-snow pray-ers were caught off guard this time because the weather seemed to be so Spring-like the day before. And for moi, I just have to say a little “Hallelujah!” for this nice wet snow and all the resulting happy snowmen that are dotting our neighborhood today.
About the photo:
Though Bill did get most of the Christmas lights down in a timely fashion this year, there are lights around the roof that stay up all year long. That's because they were too doggone hard to get up there and then too dadgum hard to take back down. When the snow started falling, Bill noticed that our neighbor across the street had turned his lights on around his house. (Bruce's lights were still up? He's sure "loosening up" in his old age!) So we decided that in the spirit of Neighborhood Happy Snow Falling Unity, we would also turn our lights on.
I just thought you might want to see how cool they looked.
I’m going to do something special with this photo. I’ll show you in the next day or so. I’ll also be back to tell you what good art things have been happening around my studio. Really good things!
Until then, my friend, Spring is just down the road a ways. In the meantime, enjoy the snow.