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Bluster and snow

Adrift on the snow
Adrift on the snow

If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

~ Steven Wright

Jack Frost's signature
Jack Frost’s signature

Old Man Winter stopped by last night.  He’s in a blustery mood, blowing snow all over the place.

Steps to the front porch
Steps to the front porch

I know my friends to the north, and those in the Midwest, have had a brutal time of it so I won’t whine about the cold.  I don’t mind it too much, to be honest, although I find it easier to take the cold when I’ve acclimated to it.  All this back and forth between cold and warm makes it difficult to get used to one way or the other.  (Was that a whine?  If it was, I’ll take it back.)

Sunrise through the kitchen window
Sunrise through the kitchen window

Today’s walk was a brisk one in all ways.  This kind of cold bites right through the layers of clothing, and it doesn’t pay to spend too much time in it.

Sunrise outside
Sunrise outside

I was surprised to see Construction John here early this morning.  That man works in all kinds of weather.  The electricians were here, too.  I expected the snow and cold to keep them away for a day.

A walk in the woods
A walk in the woods

The birds, who have been ignoring the bird feeders, apparently took the time to locate the feeders before the storm hit, and have been out there chowing down on seed today.  Some of the little birds found the grass seed that M and I planted on the woodland path over the weekend, and I am wondering how much seed they left behind.

Lobollies
Lobollies

When the foundation for the addition was dug up, there was a big pile of dirt left over.  John the Construction Guy was kind enough to move and spread the dirt over the woodland trail which was in need of fill dirt.  The previous owners didn’t walk the woodland path.  They took a Jeep.  The Jeep left deep ruts.  The ruts fill with water during the summer months, the water stands, the mosquitoes lay eggs in the standing water, and the mosquito population increases as a result.  Nobody wants that.  Filling in the ruts was on our long list of projects, and it was wonderful to have someone with a small bulldozer take care of it.  Otherwise, we’d have been hauling it out there in the wheelbarrow and shoveling it onto the path.

Where the marsh meets the woods.
Where the marsh meets the woods.

We discovered early on a problem with the dirt.  It’s clay, you see.  And clay, when it’s wet, is mucky, muddy, sticky stuff.  To solve the problem of bringing half the clay back with us on our boots, we decided to try planting grass.  Hopefully it will grow and make the trail less gloppy and sloppy.

Ice on the edge of Back Creek
Ice on the edge of Back Creek

If the little birds didn’t eat all the seeds, that is.  Surely they left a few behind.

Ice in the middle of Back Creek
Ice in the middle of Back Creek

That should do it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting on this cold and blustery day.  I’ll be heading out to watch the sunset from the platform soon.  You’re welcome to join me, but be sure to really bundle up.  The low tonight is expected to be around 14°F (which is probably warm to those of you in the midst of the deep freeze).

Leaving the dock
Leaving the dock

Stop by tomorrow for my review of The Beauty Experiment as part of the TLC Book Tour.  Those of us who are taking part as stops on the blog tour were asked to do something a little different this time around.  You might find it interesting.

Snow on the magnolia
Snow on the magnolia

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

23 thoughts on “Bluster and snow

  1. yes, I think dandelions like clay soil …. but fancy having snow at Wabi-Sabi Ranch! Of course snow is always fascinating to me, since it is so rare in my experience, but I love how it smooths everything out, like the beach washed clean after a high tide, reminds us that every day is new … marvellous photos Robin, Jack Frost is my favourite, such a consummate artist with his cold fingers 🙂

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  2. Seeing Jack Frost’s signature has made him so real to me (sort of like Santa Claus! 😉 ) Were you expecting to get snow in your new location Robin? I love to see it in your photos.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 I wasn’t expecting too much snow here, although I did see a sprinkling of it when we were out here house hunting last year. I think it’s a treat when we get it. I’m not sure anyone else around here feels that way.

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  3. Ice on the Edge and Snow on the Magnolia are my favorites of this series. I know it’s cold there…don’t discount how cold 12 feels to people in the South. So it’s technically colder here…we dress warmer, our houses are insulated better…it’s probably similarly miserable for all of us! You just get to escape it sooner most years.

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    1. True, Dawn. We recently discovered that they hadn’t finished insulating in the attic (which went a long way in explaining why the kitchen and master bedroom were always so dang cold!). I do have my winter clothes, though, so no excuses there. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Michaela. 🙂 It’s about 7°F here this morning, and very sparkly with all the frost and snow. I should go out and take some pictures, but can’t seem to make myself leave the warmth of the house.

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  4. Wow – snow at your place! We only wound up with about 6 1/2 inches (officially), but it’s so drifted that it’s hard to tell… Cold is cold, and relative to where you are and how you’re prepared, that’s for sure. Get some nice photos if you can – Southern Snow doesn’t last!

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    1. Lots of drifting here too, Marie, and it’s true about the cold. It’s cold, wherever you are. We’re not expected to get above freezing until Saturday, maybe, and there are snow flurries in the forecast for Saturday, so I expect our Southern Snow will stick around for a little while. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Amy. 🙂 I remind myself that I used to go hiking in subzero temperatures so 7° is practically a heat wave. I’m not sure it works… lol!

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  5. That does, indeed, look cold — brrrrrr! There’s a certain beauty to Winter that can’t be matched, though. Thanks for braving the cold for our enjoyment, Robin!

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 🙂 This is my first winter here so I’m not sure if this is a normal winter or not, but it does seem a little crazy. No sign of a warm-up in the next week, either. Ah well. That’s winter.
      I do like Crème Brûlée. I’m on my way!

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