Who would have guessed our first snow of the year would not only be before Halloween, but also a pretty significant snowstorm?! We knew snow and a wintry mix was predicted for Saturday, but honestly I just thought it would be nasty weather. Instead it turned into a full on preview of Winter day. Christmas music would not have been out of place! (In fact, when we were at the diner for dinner we heard our first Christmas song. I was appalled, but Paul gave it a pass because of the snow.)
The snow began in the morning and became quite heavy and steady. Combined with slush rain it had the effect of flattening all the tall shrubs and weeds-thus instantly changing our landscape view from autumn to winter. We had a nice cozy warm fire going and a big puzzle to do, so it really just felt like the coziest of all afternoons. With no electricity nobody whined to watch tv, and it was very quiet.
We made baked apples in the fireplace, which was fun, though the end result was dreadful. The apples burnt right up.
We decided to risk going out to eat because eating pbj’s huddled around the fire seemed not fun. When we went outside we saw that our birch trees limbs were bent all the way over the driveway, and the Japanese maple and plum trees were also quite bent over. We shook the snow off and watched the branches spring back up. Unfortunately nothing could be done for the big trellis, which had collapsed completely.
Fortunately the next town had power and we were able to have dinner at the diner. It all felt very reminiscent of our Williamsburg vacation-dinner out, change into pjs and read stories by flashlight, then off to bed. Our power did come back on around 9:30, so we’re quite lucky. Unfortunately two chickens were missing and we could not find them. We hoped they found shelter safely somewhere.
The view this morning is bright and snowy. I’m happy to report that our missing rooster had simply spent the night in the garage. No sign of the hen, which is sad. Things are dripping and melting already-maybe we’ll still be able to get some pumpkins to carve in time for Halloween after all!