Now You See Him!

I took this photo through the bedroom window this afternoon, just before whiteout conditions. And then….


Wow, he was nearly in the exact same pose, too!

I wondered what the little fellow was doing, hanging on for literally an hour or so.  It was only after looking at that first photo that I saw he had been doing a bit of “pecking” on my small Maple tree!!

We didn’t get much snow today, maybe three or four inches, total.  In looking at the forecast this week, looks like we are in for more warmer weather.  Drat!  I was hoping we might have a nice, snowy March to look forward to some snowmobiling, but that precious window of opportunity is growing smaller and smaller as the months progress….

We Almost had it All!

Hang in there….

The day dawned quite dismal.  No, it definately was *very* dismal.  The grey skies were with us throughout the day although the temperature wasn’t bad at all.  It wasn’t warm, but it certainly wasn’t cold. 

The kids had plans.  Jacob (Michelle’s boyfriend)  had a birthday earlier in the week, so the kids and some friends agreed to all go out for dinner and then they were going bowling.  Jacob came by to pick Michelle and Ben up late in the afternoon, so Murphy and I decided to play….

Murphy loves….no, adores, playing with balls.  It is so much fun to watch him because he “bops” the ball off his nose, then goes and chases after it.  For anyone not familiar with Scotties,  their teeth are nearly the size of those of a much larger dog…I have seen them compared to a German Shepherd.  Those are large teeth!  In spite of those big chompers, Murphy is so gentle with the ball….he never “bites” into it, but rather gently follows its curves.

This was the best I could do when he crouches down with his bum up in the air, playing.  He just zooms about like a rocket, moving sooo incredibly fast!

In this picture, Murphy is poised….waiting for me to try to take the ball! He does this to entice me to grab the ball so he can once again chase after it!

Murphy and I were having such a grand time, playing with the ball and just relaxing together.

Very suddenly,  the sky grew immensely dark and I heard a most curious noise!  I got up and looked out the back door and saw it was hailing!  Not huge pellets, but small ones.  The velocity with which they were coming down from the sky was nearly startling, though!  I quickly bounded upstairs and grabbed my camera, but by the time I got back down again, the hail had stopped and all the little pellets were melted.

Within just a few short minutes, the sky turned from dark to eerily bright and sunny.  With rain.  No, not a sprinkle, but a driving rain.  Big splashes of raindrops!

Living in the northeastern United States, February brings snow.  LOTS of snow sometimes.  Being a pretty cold month, it typically snows a lot and it pretty chilly.  To see rain in February is nearly unheard of…and when thunder let out a roar in the distance, it was just plain freaky.

To add a note of *really* “strange”, the sun came out as the rain was pouring down.  The skies turned blue, the sun was intense, and all the while, the rain continued to beat down from the heavens.  Bizarre…..

I went outside and tried to see if I could spot a rainbow…with the sun shining so brightly and the rain falling, there had to be one.  But,  I never found it.

The sun was moving quickly over the hills to our west, but it made conditions just right to capture just a few photos before it totally disappeared!

This photo, I would call my “photo du jour”.  I just love the sun and the slimy wet trees! It was still raining a bit when I took this one.  It really was quite an amazing weather event.

But. Alas. We. Were. Not. Done.

The winds began to kick up a bit.  Then a bit more.  At one point, I looked out behind the house and as the sun cast a warm golden glow, it was so quiet.  Too quiet. 

We had agreed to pick the kids up in Canandaigua after bowling.  They figured they would finish around ten.  Mark, Murphy, and I left the house shortly after eight.  By then, the wind was howling!  As we drove up the road where there are farms and open fields, I could feel the Subaru swaying the the wind. 

We had a little bit of shopping to do at Wal Mart, so Mark pulled into the lot.  As he surveyed the conditions, he decided to park away from the store on a little raised area.  I grabbed a shopping cart someone left nearby and began walking toward the store.  It was all I could do to stand upright and steer that cart!  At one point,  the cart slammed against a curb in the parking lot and it was all I could do to pull it away from the curb.

As I entered the store,  the greeter (a young girl) was chasing after cardboard stands that greeted customers with movie ads and such.  As the automatic doors opened, the cardboard went flying through the second set of automatic doors,  and into the store!  As I passed by the young lady, I commented how she was “keeping busy” and she told me a plastic garbage container had let loose and went flying as well!  She had to drag it into the store about twenty feet from the doors to keep it upright!

I was grateful to be inside the store, actually.  The wind was even more intense in that parking lot than at home!  I shopped and quickly made my way back to the car.  Mark had to turn it on and run the heat a couple of times as it was getting quite chilly.  We had run into a thick snowsquall on the way to Canandaigua.

We sat and waited in the car until the kids called and then we were on our way once again.  As we made our way home, the snow was pretty intense.  The good news is, it was blowing so hard, all the snow blew to the next county!

So…regarding the title of this post…..we had dark skies, sunshine, rain, hail, wind, and snow!  ALL in one day!

It is now Saturday morning, at almost nine o’clock.  The wind is still making noise, but not nearly like last night.  In looking around the yard, we fared well.  There are some small branches around, but we had a big windstorm just a few weeks ago that did a good job of “pruning”!