Surprise snowfall this morning in Connecticut, New England, USA. Snow before Halloween is unusual in the southern half of the state. After about two hours it turned to sleet and then rain leaving only small, sheltered reminders of the winter to come.
Note: Video and still photography captured using Canon Rebel T3i. YouTube video put together using YouTube Video Editor which was a complete nightmare. Never again.
Winter Storm Chester (here in Connecticut we name our own storms, thank you very much) is projected to hit late this morning. Although I do not relish the cleanup after the storm, I do look forward to the fresh covering of snow on this brown and grey landscape. After the snow falls, going outside is like walking into a hushed room where the quiet is so profound it always makes me stop and listen, amazed. I enjoy shoveling snow because of this quiet. Indoors, the refrigerator, computer, boiler, dog and cats make constant noise. There is a never-ending buzz. Outside after a snow storm, the quiet is delightful. I feel the tension begin to melt away and my mind starts to think new, less cluttered thoughts; I breathe deeper with each shovelful of snow. This beautiful quiet spells pleasure for me. Anticipation has me in its grip. I feel like a small child, nose pressed to the glass waiting for the first snowflakes to fall from the grey winter sky.
Waiting for the snow . . .
Mountain laurel and White Pine are the only green in my snow-less winter landscape
We survived Winter Storm Nemo or Charlotte as it was referred to here in Connecticut. Looks like a total of about 2 feet of snow fell. We never lost electricity for which we are extremely thankful. By mid-day yesterday the snow had slowed down to a very light snow, but the wind had kicked up a notch or two or three. We got a pathway from the house, up the driveway and to the cars, with the cars and end of the driveway cleared but that was it. It was just too cold to stay outside for long yesterday. Hoping we can move a lot of snow today as it warms up above freezing. Here are some photos I took yesterday. I plan to take a lot more today and will post those separately.
Friday night snow on the deck.
I was awakened at 4 AM Saturday morning to a Blizzard Alert on my cell phone. Um, the storm had been raging for over 12 hours and I just now get an alert? I decided to get up and clear the front steps. I needed to clear a path for the dog to get out so she could do her thing. Thirty minutes later I had about 18 feet done and my 22 year old son was up. He said he couldn’t believe his mom beat him outside shoveling. I have always been the head shoveler in this family, even with a little baby. I had to do it or it didn’t get done. So, of course, I was out shoveling snow at 4:30 AM.
Before clearing the snow away from the driveway entrance taken before 6 AM.
My 22yo shoveling the path up the driveway at 6:30 AM.
Making a path through the snow up the driveway. About 3/4ths of the way done here.
Almost reached the cars. We always park at the top of the driveway so we can get out faster after a storm. The wind has blown a lot of the snow away from the cars.
And finally, here is the best shot of them all: This is TJ, our adventurous, snow-loving, water-loving cat. He is always the first one to venture out into the snow. This time, however, he was not enjoying himself one bit. He started crying and as I walked to find him in the path that we had cleared there he was, plopped down having given up on ever finding his way back to and into the house. He was miserable. I took the shot and then my 12 year old immediately let him back in the house where he has stayed ever since with absolutely no interest in going outside.
TJ not enjoying the snow and wind one bit