#SOL21: Stormy

And so it began. When the Saturday morning news aired, the trailer across the top of the TV screen included;

WINTER STORM WARNING

The county by county map clearly showed the area. Included in the area. But what I did not notice was the exact time it would begin and the anticipated ending! Details. Details. Details.

I was on a mission. Baby shower anticipation and gifts to create:

  • a swaddling blanket from a cotton print
  • a fleece on fleece car seat blanket for the winter – to and from the car,
  • and a tummy time blanket – flannel on one side and minky on the other with satin binding.

Three items new to me . . . a singular focus.

And so on Sunday when I actually

saw

the storm warning was from 6 am Monday to 6 am Tuesday, I breathed a sigh of relief. Just a 24 hour winter interlude.

“Give us our weekly dump of snow!”

And then Monday.

Snow day. No school within 100 miles. Hyperbole perhaps. But more school cancellations than those in session. AH, yes, snow cancellations for face to face school sessions is a real thing. (No pivoting on one day’s notice!) And such fun announcements like this superintendent.

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https://youtu.be/X7wTdApPpzQ Tuesday’s video

So today. Anticipation.

Pick up the mail. An order for a future project arrived.

Is it snowing?

Check the window.

No snow yet.

Clean up some files.

Check the window.

No snow yet.

Check the weather map.

Hmmm. Looks like it should be snowing SOON!

The school ticker at the bottom of the TV screen now lists early dismissals and cancellations.

Check the window.

Is it? Maybe?

Open the door and stick my nose out.

Listen. Snow is beginning to ping on the deck. Hard, tiny, snow. Falling straight to the ground.

Finally. Snowing!

It takes an hour for an inch to accumulate.

Ground covered. Nothing melting.

No pretty flakes gently floating to the ground.

Gusty wind swirling hard snow pellets around and around.

Still wishing for that MS student to create “Snow Set” to keep snow from drifting.

12 hours later.

Seriously it’s a foot deep. It should be done.

But now with Tuesday school cancellations at the bottom of the screen, the top header says storm warning until 12:00 pm.

Ughhh! Another half day of snow.

Blowing, swirling. No longer a quiet, white night. The wind is whistling and the snow is still falling from the sky.

It’s been hours since a snow plow went past the house. Waiting for the snow to end?

Winter!

When have important details escaped your attention? Are you tired of the snow yet? What weather do you find annoying?

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4 responses

  1. Fran, what a delightful post. I loved the build-up of news as the snow built up in front of you. We did not get the snow that your area has but we thought we might have some. It is C-o-l-d here! The video was super fun to watch and very creative. Would you be interested in sending me a photo of your falling or fallen snow for my #WintersEmbrace2021 Gallery of Artistic Expressions? Stay warm!

    1. Thanks, Carol. Pacing was one of mt goals as I thought about how the Winter Snow Warning unfolded.

  2. Ah, yes. Predicting a winter storm. I always figure that when it is finished they will then tell when it started, when it ended, and how much we got. We didn’t get snow, but we have the freezing rain now.

  3. Icky freezing rain. We were spared that . . . This time!

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