Hello Again, Winter?

Well, we all heard what was forecast.  The weatherman said “several inches” of the white stuff. Did we believe him?  Well, yeah, kinda.  No one wanted any more snow after dealing with it throughout the past few months.  We had no snow on the ground for quite a few days, so we were becoming used to seeing brownish grass that held the promise of transforming to vibrant green with some rain and sunshine!  Many people grumbled that we had enough winter!

The good news (I guess?) is that the sap I have gathered is nearly caught up.  I have been placing a big pot of sap on the woodstove and while the sap never boils rapidly, it does evaporate quite nicely!  It is sad looking out and seeing the trees covered in snow, though.  However, with this cold snap,  the time left for syrup-making has probably been extended a bit.

This was the view looking out at the back deck.  It wasn’t enough that the snow kept falling and falling,  but the wind kept sweeping over the roof, causing the snow to tumble down to the deck below, creating quite a nice (and very heavy!) drift about a foot deep!

I finally went out shortly after nightfall when the snow was beginning to lessen, to shovel the deck.  As I worked, the gusts of wind would dump snow on top of my head and over my entire body!  By the time I came back inside, my hair was wringing wet and my clothing was drenched!

Yeah.  My poor tulips are trying so gallantly to keep their little leaves above the snow.  I know they will be fine, as this happens quite frequently each year,  but it is such a sad sight to behold…

Just look at the Holly!  It does look festive, doesn’t it?  Hmmm….and spring officially began the 20th?