Magical snowy morning

Magical snowy morning

Guess who came back for a visit?  Guess who is taking a curtain call?  You’ve got it– Old Man Winter.  He stole in during the night under the guise of a “Winter Storm Warning” with a possible four to twelve inches through Tuesday. 

Oh my.  We weren’t expecting Him again.  Or were we?  He sneaks back repeatedly many years in April (and sometimes May) just to see if we’ve missed Him and want Him to stay.  While no one here is voting “yes” He doesn’t seem to get the hint. 

The drive to work was not pleasant!  Neither was the drive home!  Come to think of it, the person who struck the utility pole and knocked out our electricity for an hour probably didn’t enjoy the commute either.  (At least that was the rumor as to why our power went out this morning.) 

If you look at the Intellicast radar loop, a strong storm system is swirling counter-clockwise throughout the Great Lakes Region.  And swirling.  And swirling.  Places south of us are getting rain, but we’re apparently cold enough to remember what winter is all about.

Trees & fence etched with snow

Trees & fence etched with snow

After surviving the trip home from work, I wandered outside for awhile.  All the local schools dismissed about 12:30 p.m., so the kids probably enjoyed outdoor exploration as well.  I don’t recommend walking underneath loaded spruce trees.  After about three minutes outside, I  accidentally brushed against an evergreen…about a bucketful of snow poured down the back of my coat and neck.  Yikes!  Very shocking, indeed.

Table on our deck

Table on our deck

Hard to believe our book club sat around that table in 72 degree weather only three nights ago, isn’t it?  Difficult to imagine that Barry and I were dining on a picnic dinner of Army rations four nights ago? Well, this is Life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the springtime.  We all get used to this schizophrenic weather.  Or would the correct term be bipolar weather?

Don't you eat that yellow snow...

Don't you eat that yellow snow...

As for the yellow snow photo…any savvy forest folk know what that is?  Hint:  there’s no dogs around here.  It’s sap.  So many of the tree-bases are surrounded by a foot or more of yellow snow.  I was tempted to see if it tasted like a sap Popsicle, but NO. There are limits to what a human should do it the woods.  (But if anyone wants to guarantee it tastes like maple syrup ice cream…?)

Next year's wood

Next year's wood

Barry has been diligently chainsawing up our wood pile for next year.  He intended to work on it tonight, but the snow interfered.  We’re also in the process of buying/making a new wood splitter.  He found a steal of an old splitter for $250 and now he’s fixing it up.  After all, Winter is only a couple of short seasons a way…  Perish the thought!!

Glistening snow on the evergreens

Glistening snow on the evergreens

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