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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter Storm…

28 degrees - 5:39 pm - 29.5 inches of snow and still coming down...

It’s here.  The National Weather Service said there was a big storm coming.  It’s expected to dump anywhere between 16-24 inches in the next 24 hours.

Outside my window the flakes fall and swirl like those from a snow globe; the scene is achingly beautiful, but can also be deceptively treacherous.  Along with the snow, the winter storm will bring strong winds causing snow to blow and whip around making huge snow drifts, smothering everything with a fluffy blanket, finding its way into every nook and cranny.  Snow’s tricky that way.

taken this morning

our neighbor got out the tractor and started blowing snow
before it reached the 2 foot mark

Since moving to the mountain, the weather has earned my respect for its sheer power, ruthlessness and beauty.  A storm like this out here, in the middle of nowhere, is a call to action.  We’ve got the pantry stocked, fresh batteries in the flashlights, extra gas for the generator, and extra firewood hauled in.

For folks who have to work and travel today, a snow storm like this can be a major inconvenience and even scary.  But on days like this, where there is nowhere else to be but here, I feel such gratitude to have created our own refuge from the storm.

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