Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Mom! Mom! Wake up!"

Not necessarily the first thing I want to hear in the morning, but thankfully, the voice held excitement rather than distress.  Because when I'm awakened out of deep sleep I'm not always very godly.  (ahem)

Mom!  Mom!  Wake up!  You gotta see this!

(Curtains being flung open.)

The view from my bed:


Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the first day of spring was more than three weeks ago.
(Checking... yep.  Twenty-five days ago.)

Gunnar, flinging open all the windows to get better pictures.
I love that boy.

Aren't my dogwoods pretty?

And how did your morning start?!

Updated at noon...

Don't feel too sorry for us, the snow is melting.  Although maybe that's worse, because that leaves us cold and wet and muddy.  Beautiful up in the hills around us, but yuck-o here.

 So here are two unrelated pieces of trivia for you:

1.  NOON is reportedly the only four-letter word in the English language that is the same upside down as rightside up, when written all in capitals.  Check it out:


Stand on your head.  It works.

But oh-my-goodness, I just thought of a three-letter one:


Okay, so it's not quite as precisely identical on the computer, but when I hand-write it... pretty much.
I'm telling ya, they should update the brain-teaser book and give me royalties.
(Chances of that happening?  Zero.)

Can you think of any more?  This is what you've got to work with:

HIONSX  and M/W if they reverse positions.

But I digress,

2.  We're at about 350' elevation, and I'm guessing the snow-level is now about 1600'.

If you don't live where you can see the snow-line, it looks like this:

Oops.  Clearly I wasn't paying attention to the focus.  But you can get the idea, right?

Here is a wider view that shows the snow-line more clearly, and also illustrates one of my husband's biggest pet peeves.  Can you guess?

Power lines should be buried.

Wouldn't that be lovely?  Go outside and look around your neighborhood.  Imagine how much nicer it would be without the visual clutter of poles and wires.   (Think about how great it would be not to have your power go out during wind storms.)  *sigh*


Trisha said...

That is so beautiful!! We sometimes get our biggest snows in March, but I can't remember one in April. And we're in the southwest where no one thinks it snows. :)

Enjoy it while it lasts!

(I thought I was the only Mommy who struggled with being godly when woken up from a deep sleep...:))

melanie said...

Oh dear! They are (again) predicting rain/snow mix for us tomorrow. This time it might even happen. And temps down near freezing?
I told my dd as we looked at the extended forecast, When it's 60 and almost sunny on Resurrection Sunday, we'll all be thrilled after a week of cold and rain!
I hope your dogwoods will survive and bloom! (soon)

Q said...

Easter . . . perhaps no more snow after Easter . . .

Trying to be encouraging, but grasping at straws here. :)

leah said...


We're getting it on Sunday. I'm trying to be very patient and accepting of the whole thing, but I am DONE with the snow this year!

I really hope that it will snow itself out before Easter, so that we can have a sunny (and hopefully warm) Easter!

The dB family said...

Slightly rudely too, but not to snow. Bub has rowing practice at 5:45 am and he and the Engineer slept in. It was a little noisy here this morning as they rushed to get ready.

It IS pretty! It shouldn't last long, right?


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Well, this is rare for us and it is melting. Interestingly, though, you can clearly see the snow-line. I'll try to add another picture. Looks to be at about (I'm guessing) 1600 feet. Leaving us... cold and wet.

bioniclissa said...

Not to snow that's for sure!! :) Nice mild rain but this is England after all.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Lissa,

I'm glad you popped up in the comments - I'd been wondering who was reading from the UK. Now I "get" the connection (hearing loss). Glad to 'meet' you.


Crystal in Lynden said...

Amazing isn't it. And I had just posted spring pictures the day before. The snow was a dream, yes that is what I'm telling myself, just a dream.

Felicity said...

Well now, I think that's beautiful! But I suppose if you're looking forward to spring, it may not be that great to have snow.

threegirldad said...

You get mountains, I get a neighborhood with underground power lines, and zero poles.



Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, threegirldad, friend...

those aren't mountains, those are hills!

(Envying your power-line-free neighborhood!)

melanie said...

... while we all envy your "hills"! =)

Ann said...

I had to laugh at your statement of "those are hills," Julie. I love the mountains, but where we live right now, only trees and buildings keep you from seeing for miles. And miles. And miles. Well, that and the curvature of the earth. A 30-foot incline might as well be a mountain around here! :-)

It definitely is pretty, but mid-April? Yikes! I do feel for you!


Mrs. Squirrel said...

The winter has really held on this year in our part of the country, too (Montana). Most of it is up high, now, but I've had mornings where I wondered if I should have NOT put away the snow shovels.

Fortunately, it's all been gone by noon (at the house anyway).

Beautiful photos!

Cathy M. said...

I'm catching up on my blog reading... I musta missed this one last week. Loved the randomness of this post. Also, I completely agree with your hubby. All utilities should be buried and all traffic lights should be suspended from decorative poles, and all streets should be coble stone, and all businesses should have charming curb appeal, and I should have the sovereign right to to destroy all rickety warped faded privacy fences with a flame thrower, and every community should look like Pella, Iowa... (sigh) just my $.02