We have had such wacky weather this winter. Virtually no snow, but a decent amount of rain. Warm, with a couple colder snaps. Sunny, but not much wind. Spring seems to be keeping up the pattern. It came in like a lamb, for sure. Sunny, warm days, which were glorious for basking in. Then we had a major low pressure system come through, which brought high winds, over 2 inches of rain over night, a day of rain-snow-sleet-hail-sun-clouds, and then, last night, snow accumulation! Now, it is only an inch or so (but that counts as one of the bigger snowfalls this winter). The temperature is hovering right about freezing, so I’m sure the roads are slick. The sun isn’t up yet, so I haven’t gotten a photo. Given the weather strangeness this year, I guess we’ll see if there is any snow left by the time it is light outside!
Dealing with the crazy weather is just part of living in a volatile area (hello, ring of fire – volcanoes!) Normally it is more predictable crazy, but you learn to live with whatever you get. So, this winter we spent a lot of time wishing for snow cover, while enjoying letting our ice cleats get a rest. Trees and shrubs are budding early, there’s crocus and daffodils blooming at slightly lower elevations, and the moose have been notably absent for a few months. We can only hope that not too many things suffered from the lack of cold – or from the few sudden cold snaps! And, while most of us wouldn’t mind the warm (to us) temps holding off a bit, we just hope any temperature drop isn’t so severe as to damage these newly growing buds. We have no control over it, but we can hope and wish, and we do our best to work with it!
Today’s is a rambling post, I know, but hey, some days are like that, right? I’ve been trying to be at peace with the weather, and having varied success. A week or so ago, during one of the crazy weather changes, we had the most exquisite rainbow – full from one side to the other! It brought a bit of calmness to the frenzy and worry about how and when we’ll plant this year. I don’t have a wide-angle lens, so it took me 3 frames to capture the whole thing. Neither the brilliance, nor the double, come through much in the photos. So it goes, though. Our whole family stood and watched the rainbow as it strengthened, and then faded again. It was a wonderful moment of family togetherness!
Linking to the awesome Homestead Hop today!
Adding later in the day: I’m still feeling rather like rambling about the weather, and how unpredictable and even frustrating it has been this winter/spring…but, like the rainbow, sometimes I am able to stop and have a moment of being in the ‘now’. The snow was quite pretty this morning, and the kids are happily playing outside in it! (School can wait….snow has been sparse, so we take advantage when we can!)