We've had some snow. The first "real" snow of the season (we had some back in October, believe it or not, and then a couple of dustings since then) was on December 9, and then we were on the very outskirts of the blizzard this past weekend. We seem to have been right on the line between "snow" and "no snow" -- we have about six inches of new snow here at our house, while at my library, a mere ten-minute drive north, there were just a couple of inches, and other local friends report getting no snow at all. Weird!
I loved watching the news coverage of the snow in the Washington, DC area. Jim and I lived for several years in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, and as New England natives and graduates of an upstate New York university, we used to be terribly amused at how all the Virginians (not to mention the transplants from further south) would completely fall apart at the mere mention of an inch or two of snow. I can only imagine what it must have been like down there with two feet of the stuff! I'm kind of sorry we missed it.
In any event, it's a winter wonderland out there, and at this point I'm fairly certain we'll actually have a white Christmas. :-) These pictures are from the Dec. 9 snowfall, not the blizzard, but hey. Snow is snow.
Maggie checks out the snow from the warmth of the kitchen.
Our house, pre-shoveling.
On the flat-n-straight portion of my drive to work on Dec. 9. (The blizzard wasn't at all like this, as the snow fell entirely overnight and everything around here, from what I could tell was nice and cleared by morning! That said, being a Sunday, we did declare ourselves snowed in and spent a pleasant, cozy day at home.)
And what do you do when it snows? You make a snowman. I'm a little lacking in the winter boot department, though (must rectify this situation) so I stayed inside.
I took the raw materials above (rather less cold and wet-looking than snow, no?) and a little while later I had this little guy:
Isn't he cute? He's my first attempt at needle-felting a figure. I bought one of those Woolpets kits, and he's the result. He's not quite done - he still needs eyes, and I have enough fiber to make at least one friend for him, if not two or three. He's hard to photograph, what with him being so tiny, the light being so dim (Happy Solstice, incidentally!), and my camera being so not-great at closeups.
Just how tiny is he? For perspective, here he is with a Beanie Baby.
I'm not sure if he and his friends will end up as ornaments for the tree, or if they'll grace a shelf somewhere, but either way, they'll be part of our Christmas decor now!