29 January 2014 – Somewhere a bit north of Atlanta
It snowed yesterday. Not real hard, but it came down steadily for about 10 hours. I took some pictures out the front and back doors.
This morning, about 8:15, I went out on the deck in the 15̊F weather. In a sweater. Having a temp of about 99.3̊ (rheumatoid disease temp) at the time, I wasn’t very cold – in fact, 15̊F felt good.
It was so quiet! No traffic – even in the distance. Peaceful! Beautiful. Even in an in-town neighborhood I felt peace and calm come over me and into me.
It’s a day for staying home and staying warm. It will only go up to 31 today, so the street will not be melting out. A day for … hot chocolate with marshmallows in it! Yay! I LOVE hot chocolate with marshmallows in it!
I don’t think we’ll run out of milk or eggs before tomorrow. We’re good on meat and coffee and cream.
When I looked down at the driveway from the front door stoop, I saw a trail of little cat footprints. I know it’s the feral cat from next door. She refuses to stay indoors and prefers to be outdoors. Her coat is very thick and soft. Despite the cold, she is protected from it. I suspect she was looking for the trail of a chipmunk, mole or even a mouse. Although, we do have a few wild rabbits in our neighborhood, and she is muscular enough to take one down. She IS a cat after all! And even the most domesticated cat will become feral given the right circumstances.
Despite the fact the inside of the house looks the same, it doesn’t “feel” the same. There is 2 inches of snow outside. There is the quiet, peaceful, calm that snow brings. Time to think. Time to re-create. Time to remember…
… In Utah, I always knew when it had snowed during the night – the snow plows and the salt-and-sand trucks would drive through the neighborhood about 4AM, preparing the streets for morning traffic. But under and over the sounds of the trucks, was the muffling of the snow. I remember the first big snow, right after we moved into our house there. Suddenly – FOOOMP! – there were 4 feet of snow in the back yard!! And just as suddenly, the snow plows and the salt-and-sand trucks appeared to clear the streets.
There is something primitive about snowfall – perhaps especially in parts of the country that seldom get snow. We have no infra-structure to deal with it, so we have to just wait it out.
This time, it will last just a day. Tomorrow the temperature will be in the 40s, and we will go to the grocery to boost our sagging larder. It will be a largish shopping trip!
But for now, the temperature still hovers in the high teens and low twenties, and the snow is not melting – yet. Tracks in the backyard show that the feral cat is nesting under our shed. Temperature should be as high as 31 in the afternoon, then back down to 17 tonight, and quickly up to the 40’s tomorrow – and sunny. Today will be cloudy – no opportunity for the sun to shine directly on the streets and de-snow/de-ice them. And there are no salt-and-sand trucks in our town. In our 14 years here, this – snowfall – has happened only 3 times – this is the 4th. So there is no real reason for our small town to stock plows and salt-and-sand trucks.
The biggest snowfall we experienced in Georgia in recent years was the “Blizzard of ‘93.” We were living closer in to Atlanta and we did have some warning. We stocked up on essentials (and some “non-essentials”) well in advance. Good thing we did. 2 1/2 feet of snow accumulated on our front yard. The dog loved it, the cat disapproved. And we had 4 glorious days at home when Himself couldn’t get his truck out and up the hill. We don’t even try anymore. This time, we are just staying at home. And making sausage!
I hear our neighbor out “snow-blowing” his driveway. He’ll take off the top layer of snow, and salt down the ice that is under it. Maybe we’ll ask him to do that for us – then again, maybe not.
[Actually, his wife just called and asked if we’d like our driveway cleared off! What nice neighbors!!]
It’s a Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows day in Georgia!