Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter's Grasp



We woke up to snow on Friday morning the 3rd.  I think we got between 5-6 inches of the white fluffy stuff.  Dan did his snow blowing chore while I used our plow shovels to push the snow off the area outside the garage. But there was a lot of snow and even with our efforts we didn't get it down to pavement because there was ice under the snow.






The wind was fierce and blew the snow all over.

It's beautiful but limiting when you live on a hill with a very steep driveway that empties not on a road that gets maintained by the county plows but a lane which is salted or plowed by neighbors who have that equipment.  Dan managed to drive out on Friday but my car a Prius does not like this kind of weather so it stays put which means I stay put.

Bitter cold has followed this storm which means nothing is melting.  The birds know they need to keep feeding.






Do the birds use these birdhouses I leave up for them?


This morning it's raining expect that it's below freezing so everything is getting a coating of ice.  I wonder if our driveway should be a location for the winter Olympics?  Does it classify as a flume run?

View of the driveway outside the garage from my study window

The deer come through looking for food.  They even have moved the snow to get to the liriope and have trimmed the little volunteer cedar tree.


It's supposed to continue to rain today but the temperatures will get above freezing so the ice and snow will melt.  I sure hope so.  I have things to do and places to go next week and my Prius wants the driveway clear.

Note: all photos taken from the warmth of my house.

9 comments:

Bonnie K said...

Wow rain and snow is not a good combination. Stay warm and safe. Heck of a way to start the new year.

HolleyGarden said...

That looks VERY cold! I'd rather have the snow than the ice - it looks treacherous to be driving on! I love having an excuse to stay put, but when you need to go somewhere, this has to be very frustrating. I hope it all melts for you, and you (and the rest of the country) get back to warmer days.

Judith Gray said...

The wind certainly does look fierce. The little birds are very cute in the snow - do you know what type they are? Great photos.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

your driveway looks treacherous! We had warming temps yesterday so our driveway was a big mud lake! What a mess. This morning it is about 17 degrees and the winds off the ocean are shaking my house....no more mud!

Marcia said...

Thanks. I was out today to the post office and grocery store. Despite the hat and scarf and warm coat I was cold as I loaded my groceries.

Marcia said...

We are supposed to warm to 40ºs later in the week. I won't be able to walk on the pond ice to cut down the cat tails. I'll wait for later in the winter.

Marcia said...

I think you may be talking about the juncoes, also called snow birds.

Marcia said...

That photo isn't even of the worst part. It goes down very steeply beyond the fence you see. No way to stop once you start sliding on that so we just don't go out.

hula-la said...

The beauty of winter wonderland! I love it...ok, not digging the frigid temps, but loving the beauty of the snow! Aloha

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...