Snow Use Complaining

Amazing! We have a soft, lovely inch of snow (over some freezing rain) AND…wife does NOT have to travel in it! This never happens! I’m much happier to see her march casually up the steps to check her email than to see her headlights disappear into the snowy darkness for an hour-plus out of touch, on the uncertain roads to work.

OTOH, those in the northeast are really in a dilemma, with just a little snow for the morning commute, and a blizzard almost certain for the unlikely drive home this afternoon. This could be another Snowmaggedon, folks.

After almost getting caught on the interstate in a freezing rain a few weeks ago, I feel for those who at some point despair of going farther, then have the two bad choices: either stay in their cars, or abandon them to wander in a blizzard to someplace else.

But take heart: we are only three weeks away from the end of “meteorological winter.” There’s a reason why when March arrives, we feel like, for the most part, we’ve made it through another winter, even though astronomically there are three more weeks of it to come.

The stacked and covered wood we have have left plus the two cords we bought in December will give us a good start for next winter. And nearby there is a cord or two of “windfall”–mostly, and for years to come, fallen hemlocks succumbed to the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. It’s not great wood for btu’s, but as the old timers say, the best wood to burn is the wood you can get.

Caption: Snowy Winter Road, and I guess those would be Wife’s tracks disappearing into the distance. Just not today. Image created by the blogger using ProCreate for iPad.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. How I do envy you your moisture. Bogie says that they got 31″ of snow in her neck of New Hampshire; but, not to worry – it isn’t the worst that they’ve seen in the past several years.

    Hope you fare well in your neck of the woods.
    Cop Car

  2. Glad you wife did not have to travel to work today. Love the “whimsy” in your drawings. I agree with Sharon, that your art work would make wonderful note cards. Think about it!