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Ready or Not :-P

 What I woke up to this morning:



And it hasn't stopped.  There's now about 3 inches of slushy, wet snow out there. 

I am *not* ready for this.  ::whinge::  So I guess it's a good thing it's not sticking around.   It's not really all that cold out now (mid-30sF, about 3C) - just enough to make it really slippery to drive.  I had to take Miss M to dance class this morning (I do that a lot  >.<).  And as not fun to drive in as it is, it sure made the trees look like something on a Christmas card.   Mr. L took his camera out and got some pics while we were gone.



That's the oak tree you can see from the first picture.



And this crab apple is right by the entrance to our barn, and for the past couple of days has been full of robins and cedar waxwings eating the fruit.

Coming home in this was a bit scary.  I think I'm going to have to get a new car.  My beloved 10 1/2 year old silver Honda Accord has about 186,000 miles on it, and while it's running good now, it needs new tires and is overdue for regular maintenance (and, with this many miles on it, there's always something that needs repaired).  I'm not sure I want to take it through another winter, but I'm not real keen on car shopping.  Bleh.

But, if the weather is going to pretend it's winter already, I guess it's time to get out my woolens, put the osso bucco on the stove to braise, a loaf of soda bread in the oven and build a fire in the living room fireplace.  Just don't anyone start with the Christmas carols yet, and I'll be fine.  ::g:: 

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atdelphi
Nov. 6th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
*sighs wistfully* Goodness knows I complained about it when I lived in colder places, but I'm going into my second winter in a Marine west coast climate, and I do miss waking up to a blanket of white and the fat snowflakes falling.
albalark
Nov. 7th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
I'll send you some anytime we've got it this winter. ::g:: I've never lived someplace where it doesn't snow, so I'd probably miss it, too (though, if the U of Hawaii decided it really needed someone with my expertise, I'm sure I could learn to endure). ::puts best noble look on face::
atdelphi
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Last year was my first without snow, as there's only about a single 60-square-mile area in Canada where one can hope for a green (or rather, grey) winter. I'm not saying I miss -40, but it certainly looks pretty out your way.
accioslash
Nov. 6th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, such gorgeous pictures! And I love snow - full stop. It was cold and wet here, but no snow yet.
albalark
Nov. 7th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Mr. L says to tell you 'Thanks!'. :-) Funny thing, I'm much more appreciative of the white stuff if I don't have to do anything with (or in) it but play. ::g::
accioslash
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, I don't have to go anywhere/do anything except play in it, so this could explain a lot. ;D
kellychambliss
Nov. 7th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
God, these are gorgeous pictures. I do hope Mr L is a professional photographer, because if he's not, he's wasting his talent. The oak and crab apple are works of art.

We had some snow (gone now) this morning, too. Personally, I hate the stuff, despite how nice it sometimes looks.
albalark
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Mr. L is blushing at your praise! ::g:: Sadly, no, he's only a dedicated (and very talented) amateur, though I'm of the opinion that he could go pro. He's made some breathtaking images. But alas, the poor guy is a scientist, too. And the both of us are the children of engineers - Miss M shows some dangerous bent in those directions, as well. I keep hoping she'll end up an artist or chef or (Circe strike me dead for saying this) a lawyer - since that seems to be the only profession which will never be outsourced (and she's *so* good at arguing ::g::).

I hate the stuff, despite how nice it sometimes looks. I will confess that the older I get, the less fond of it I am. Its not near so much fun as it was when I was Miss M's age!
therealsnape
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
I agree with kellychambliss, Mr. L. could turn professional. Being a scientist doesn't have to stop him. My own Lord Snowdon spent his working life among computer and IT consultants, and now that he's sold his company he retrains as a photographer. If an IT nerd can do it, a scientist can.

And that pic with the crab apples could make a marvellous Christmas card - saves you buying them. Photoprints are cheaper - I know, we just selected ours from Lord S's work.
albalark
Nov. 7th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
I keep telling Mr. L that he should put up a web site/virtual gallery, but he's too modest to do so. Photography is what he does to relax, and he's as big a nerd as I am about the science, so I don't see him giving that up (though I don't see why he couldn't sell his photos on the web :-) ).

I'd *love* to see some of Lord Snowdon's work - does he have a web site? If not, you should post a pic or two. ::g::

that pic with the crab apples could make a marvellous Christmas card I agree! Something from Mr. L's work is our Christmas card most years, so I should tell him to get his tush in gear and pic something, so he has time to get the printing done (he's a control freak, so he does it himself).

Edited at 2010-11-07 12:13 pm (UTC)
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albalark
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
It was great when Miss M was little - I had an excuse to stay home and play instead. But she's off to play with friends when the snow flies (as she should be), and now it's more of an uncomfortable nuisance. :-(
dickgloucester
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. Snow already.

Those trees are beautiful, though.

I know what you mean about not trusting an old car. Our New Beetle is almost 11 now, and we don't really contemplate taking it on long trips any more. Especially after the spate of breakdowns last Jan/Feb.
albalark
Nov. 8th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Wow. Snow already. This is really unusual, but, then the last two winters have been very mild, so I guess this is cosmic payback. :-P

Our New Beetle is almost 11 now, and we don't really contemplate taking it on long trips any more. Are you *sure* you're a Hufflepuff? Taking a Beetle on a long trip, even when new, seems near Gryffindorian levels of rash bravery. :-D

Edited at 2010-11-08 05:12 am (UTC)
dickgloucester
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
LOL - it's not a classic Beetle, it's a NEW Beetle, namely, a Golf engine in a funny shell. It's our second, the first having kept us whole in a major crash that destroyed it, six months into its life. The crash was not our fault, I hasten to add.

Current Beetle is blue, scratched, dented, filthy, sports a roof rack, and despite what my sister says, is perfectly adequate for our family needs except when we have visitors - only 4 seat belts. Mr D thinks it has style. I think it has character. It would be hard to change to something more boring, though I suppose we will have to one day.
r_grayjoy
Nov. 7th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeek! Lovely pictures, but the reality of all that snow and slush SUCKS. I hate the fact that this stuff is already happening in early November. I mean, what's January going to be like?!
albalark
Nov. 8th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeek! Yep, that's a (very) loose approximation of what I said when I got up Saturday morning. more or less XD

I mean, what's January going to be like?! "Round here? Wretched. February will be even worse. The sun disappears behind a constant cloud cover for most of the next three months, and by the time Feb rolls around, I think I'll go mad if I don't see blue sky by March. There have been years when it starts snowing right after Christmas and doesn't stop until April. The record, since we've been here, was about 120" in 2008. There's rumors that this year may match it. ::starts contemplating a sabbatical in Arizona::
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