Friday, December 8, 2017

tornado, hot dry fall, flood, and now this


Last night I drove to Houston to our friends' glass blowing studio where the open house is being held because some art group had arranged their meet-up for that night for a glass blowing demonstration and exposure to the other artists' work. It's a big group and Dick and Kathy would not be able to keep an eye on our stuff so I and another of the artists showed up to keep watch and interact with anyone curious about our work during the event. Or non-event as only 15 people turned out because of the weather. 

Monday this week was 80˚, hot and sunny. Tuesday a cold front started moving in dropping the lows to the 50s and then the 40s. Wednesday we woke up to cold, rainy, and windy and pretty much the same on Thursday. Even though it was only raining lightly, it never stopped. I pulled the big plants into the garage on Wednesday and threw a tarp over my brand new floor and brought in all the little plants Thursday before I left because we were expecting a drop to freezing that night and possibly sleet.


Where's Marc?” Kathy asked me.

On the couch under a blanket with the dog snugged up against him and a book.”

After the demo, I talked to a couple of people about our process then jumped in the car to get home before the sleet. Which I did.

This is what we woke up to this morning...









My poor gardens. Long hot dry summer, flood, and now snow.

The last time it snowed here was 8 years ago on Christmas Eve. Generally we get a little snow every decade or less. The first time I saw snow I was in elementary school and home sick for the day. We got 4” that day and my mother bundled me up as best she could even though I was sick and let me go out and play in it. Another memorable snow was when I was married to the rat bastard. We had been on a winter visit to his family's house and to see our friends from the year I lived in Chicago and convinced two of them to move down with us when we left and share the 3 bedroom house we were renting. The next day or so it snowed overnight. They couldn't believe we woke them up and dragged them out of bed to look at snow.

So as another friend said today, “so pretty...it can go away now. We're good.”




15 comments:

  1. Haha! Exactly what I'd say! We haven't had snow here in forever but we have gotten it before. It's always shocking.

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  2. Funny - I was sailing along through your photographs, thinking they were intentionally studies in black and white, until I came to a glimmer of color from a flower determined to hang on, and then the girly pink dog jacket! Oh. Snow.

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  3. That snow is moving east and we are expecting some flakes tomorrow. It won’t be much but I am of the frame of mind that even a little is too much. It is December and we have three months more of the threat of snow happening. I shouldn’t complain, especially after watching the news about the fires in California. The destruction is beyond words.

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  4. No, Arleen, no snow, please. No snow. No snow.

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  5. Amazing seeing it go through your way.

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  6. Snow is coming to unusual places. Climate is definitely changing.

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    1. Well, yes and no. You should see the pics from the 1895 blizzard in Houston!

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  7. We will get the same tomorrow Iam guessing. It will not last. But we do get snows in January that seem to last too long.

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  8. Count me among the snow lovers. I'm not about to move back to the midwest and live in it for months at a time, but I love seeing it. We only got about an inch, but it was lovely. I woke up about 4 a.m. to the sound of sleet, and by 4:30 we had real snow action. Of course I made coffee, got dressed, and went outside to take photos. I am an idiot.

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  9. That's what it looked like here this morning! I had no idea you EVER got snow down there!

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  10. Our garden looks just like yours, only here it's normal and we have had not enough of this "normal" for years. Amazing to think you get snow in a place where you can grow bananas. I feel for you, though. I could live happily without winter.

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    1. oh me too. a few dips into cold temps are tolerable as long as they bounce back up. sustained cold weather? ugh.

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  11. Oh, goodness. You've had it all! Snowing here now, with 5 - 6 inches expected, and more on the way for Tuesday. But we call that winter in Maine and will be living with it until well into April. The first few times it's actually welcome, leaving a clean fresh layer of white all around. That's okay right now....

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  12. How long did it last? We've got heavily frost-laden crunchy grass, but no snow. We've had heavy fog and with the temps, black ice. Glad to see your pooch has a coat.

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