Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It Isn't Pink

The meteorologists were right about the snow, but they sure messed up with their predictions about what color it would be.  The map clearly showed our part of the state would be covered with Pink Snow.

Someone forgot to add the food coloring, apparently.  All we got was White.

 See?  It's just Plain White.  Like always.  This picture was taken about 3PM this afternoon.

 I went out in the Back Eight this morning to retrieve the plant stand in preparation for bringing all the seedlings in the house.  When I talked to Carl at noon he talked me out of moving all the plants, "I don't think you need to haul them in.  Let's leave 'em out there and see what happens."

Well, you heard it here.  I'm leaving them out there and we'll see what happens.  (Keeping fingers crossed that there will be no power outages.)

The storm didn't get a good start until around 1PM and then it really decided to dump on us.  I went out several times during the afternoon and whacked the snow off the greenhouse roof from the inside so the plastic wouldn't tear or sag too much.
 When Carl came home, he went out and did some 'whompering' (I know, it's not a word, but I like it, as it is an apt description of the noise it makes when one whompers the plastic.)  I had a good giggle watching the snow fly up in the air from the house with every whomp, so I made a little movie of it:

I didn't work on the Peony lamp today, though Carl did when he got home from work, adding some reinforcement wires to the inside for strength.  The next step will be to solder all the inside joints.  Maybe tomorrow.

Late this morning, I went over to see my friend Ann for a little bit and helped create some Shish kabobs.  I have lived on this planet for 53 years and have never actually been in the presence of a Shish Kabob before, so this was a true first for me.  And, I assisted in the creation of some, too, by shishing ham, cheese and pineapple Kabobs onto the wooden Shish Sticks, or are they Kabob Sticks?  Well, however it goes, that's what I did this morning. 

When I got home from Ann's, I was restless.  Luckily I had walked Teddy and Pudding dogs this morning before the snowstorm, because no one wanted to be out in this mess if they could avoid it.  For those of you with dogs, you know how they have to sniff and walk around in circles to find just THE right place to do their duty?  Funny how fast they can get down to business during a blizzard; that is if you can get them out of the door when they see the storm raging.  They looked up at me with those pathetic little faces, stared out the door and shrugged and sauntered off casually as if to say, "Oh, that's OK, I really don't have to go.  Maybe later."  Oh, not so fast, Fido.  Outside with you.

It kept snowing this afternoon and I kept thinking I could do something to make things seem Springier around here.  That's when I got the idea to switch out the antique stained glass window we had up since March with the Spring Window we built a few years ago to try to cheer me up.

It helped a little bit.

It will be some time before we see Poppies in the garden.
 And Daffodils are bent under the weight of

  all this snow:
Poor Blue Spruce on a Stick....I whompered the snow off of it around 10PM tonight.

The tulips are buried too.
And thankfully,
 The iris aren't up yet.  

As the evening wore on, we ate supper and then Carl went out and whompered the greenhouse some more.  I'm not sure how much snow we've gotten already, but it's really piling up:
Dave's car, about five hours into the storm.
I ran down to the end of the driveway and took some pictures of the yard around 10PM.  The snow was still coming down.
The wind is still howling and we have a long night ahead of us.  I'll have to get up and whomper a few more times tonight, but it's a small price to pay for
these tiny, innocent seedlings.

Wish me luck.  I'm gonna need it.


Missy said...

I wish you and your poor little seedlings lots of luck - hope they stay snug and warm in their heated trays.

Karen said...

Thank you, Missy! I'm staying up a little later than usual so I can whomper the snow off before heading to bed and I'll make sure to check the heated trays, too.

Junebug said...

Oh my!! Let's hope it stops snowing soon so those poor seedlings survive. I had to open the green house up today so I didn't cook mine. Now I need to go out and tuck them in for the cold night. It's snow, snow go away or Carl will have to continue whompering. Love that!

Sandy said...

Mother Nature is amazing.. your getting snow and I'm down here in hot 90's.....
I think it's really nice that you and the Mr. share your love for stained glass and how you take turns on a project... the window is so nice..
I'll be praying for the heat to blow north and thaw you all out...

FlowerLady said...

Dear Karen ~ I sure hope the greenhouse survived the night. Whompering is a great word. Sounds like something DH and I would say.

Love your window and it does look very springlike and cheery.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Randy Emmitt said...


Such a whompering day wasn't it.

Hard to believe you have so much snow still.Our seedlings are outside now, it was 88 degrees here yesterday, might reach 90 today.

Granny Lyn's Garden said...

Hi Karen, Hope your greenhouse withstood the storm. The storm must have dumped most down you way cause we only got about an inch. I just keep reminding myself that the forecast for next Tuesday is 68 degrees woohoo!

Tufa Girl said...

I am glad our area did not turn purple as it was on our radar map yesterday. Although if it were to happen in a field of those lovely purple iris of yours, it would be fine.

I really don't like it when it storms all night. Hope all is well for you this morning.

Rosemary said...

Oh my you certainly got hit .I won't be whining anymore about the skiff of snow we got... love the word whompering and you may see me use it. The spring stained glass and seedlings do help brighten the white scene.

El Gaucho said...

You have my sympathies. It's been a rough winter here in North Dakota as well. Love your stained glass creations, they are fantastic.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Oh my how disappointing it was not pink and to be buried in that white stuff again..

Thank you so much for stopping by today and the bday wished...I was lucky, as I just happen to have the camera in my hand, plus he was totally loving the dirt so returned about a dozen times.
I planted the mums last fall and they came back strong this spring....I have never had mum's before so am very excited and did read on someone else blog that in FL they do bloom both spring and fall.
Have a great day Kelsie

Lynn said...

Hi there! Nice to meet you, Karen! I took a class in stained glass. It was too EXACT for me! I am a bit messier!
Bet y'all are tired of that snow! I have been watching your state lately and are behind the teachers 100%.

Karen said...

Update from me: We made it through the night with no calamities and the power stayed on too! Carl said he didn't need to do any more whompering this morning, so we made it through this time. But now I hear Thursday is another possibility of snow? I hope I hear wrong.

Larry said...

It all looks familiar doesn't it... time for a "green" change for sure...because most things weren't that advanced, I don't think the snow will create any major concerns... also on the plus side, a slow melt is good for the moisture level in the ground! I'm ready to open up our greenhouse as well... the house is overflowing with plants! Larry

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

I have no words other than that famous southern saying...Bless your heart!

xoxoxo said...

Wowza! I sure hope you retire to a snowless state! Enough of that!
Shish Kabobs are lovely things. We have a new tradition of christmas kabobs! Chicken and bell peppers and jalapenos! Hits the spot with some bbq in middle of winter :)
We usually only have rain. And besides--Trav does the bbq'n outside, I do the prep ;)