The first major snowfall of 2011

January 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm (Local interest (Baltimore-Washington))

As usual, the snow brought with it a mix of picturesque sights and back breaking work. We’d been warned that this snow would be wet and heavy and capable of bringing down tree branches. This proved an accurate assessment:

Another branch fell beside the Chevy Nova – known in these precincts as “the Stealth,” on account of its diminutive size and quiet presence. Because it lives outside, it has had to brave the weather more than our other two cars. We were greatly relieved that no tree limbs fell directly on “the Stealth” – an elderly but beloved vehicle:

Many smaller branches and twigs embedded themselves in the snow:

Ron caught this icy effulgence on a neighbor’s tree:

Meanwhile in the back of the house, strange puffballs climbed over the deck railing:

The timing of this storm was unfortunate for me. I had planned to fly out to Chicago, to see this excellent small personage:

Which plan, of necessity, had to be scrapped. A postponement, merely – rescheduling is already in the works!

So: yes, snow is a nuisance and a hindrance. But this was not nearly as cataclysmic as last year’s Snowmageddon.  And at  times, the white stuff can be so beautiful…


  1. Yvette said,

    We’ve been snow-whacked here in New Jersey as well. Snow upon snow upon snow. Yesterday I fell down the front porch steps, so I’m hobbling around being extra careful. I wasn’t paying attention, going out to walk my chihuahua Rocky, when I went flying off the top step – ice under a thin layer of snow was the culprit. It could have been worse, I could have broken a bone. Thankfully I didn’t. I’m just gettting too old for all this white stuff.

    What a gorgeous baby. You must be so proud. I know I am, about my granddaughter.
    Luckily my daughter and her hubby and little Julianna only live half an hour away.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Oh, Yvette, falling on the ice is one of my biggest fears. I’m so glad that you did not do yourself a greater injury than you did.

      Two lovely young men came by as Ron & I were struggling with shoveling. We were barely half way through the job, and they offered to finish it for us for a very reasonable price. We took them up on it at once!

      Yes, little Etta is totally adorable. I miss her like crazy & am eager to see her again.

  2. Elizabeth said,

    We have had a lot of snow this year in Kentucky. It has been a rare day indeed when the ground hasn’t been white. I love the snow and don’t mind the work involved though it can be a bit much at times. You took some beautiful pictures!

    The baby is adorable! I assume she is your granddaughter?


    • Roberta Rood said,

      Oh, yes, Elizabeth; she is our beautiful Etta Lin, first grandchild.

      BTW – I am delighted to have a “pen pal” in Kentucky. I have never been there, but I think of it as a place with great natural beauty & a fascinating history as well.

  3. kathy d. said,

    Beautiful pictures, especially of the small person. But the snow is lovely, too.

    It’s too bad you couldn’t fly out to see her.

    A friend of mine, who is a first-time grandmother, whose daughter lives on the opposite coast, communicates with her year-old grandson through Skype. She sees him, and talks to him. And he talks to her. It seems to tide her over between visits.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks, Kathy, for the suggestion. We’ll probably do Face-time or Skype, eventually. Meanwhile, I find that short videos help when I miss her too much. If you go on YouTube & put into the search box: “Etta Lin & Dad & Gram”, you’ll see us!

  4. kathy d. said,

    She is very cute, and the cuteness factor just grows exponentially.

    Missing children is hard. When my nephew was little, and was talking, calling me “Aunt Daffy,” I would miss him for a week when he and his parents left my city. It was physical pain.

    I was upset when he grew out of the “Aunt Daffy,” phase, but he’s grown into a fine adult, and missing him is different. Now he can email.

    I’m sending him the Philip Pullman statement, as he used to read his books.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      I keep meaning to respond to this, Kathy, and to thank you for your understanding of my present plight. I keep schooling myself to be patient, but it is very hard!

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