The fire is burning nicely, the coffee is delicious (Peet's Major Dickason blend today), and four inches of snow on the ground before daybreak which is when the storm is supposed to really start. So far they say, this is just a warm-up for the real event, and March has come in like a lion. It's a good day to curl up with a good book (Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-Flat )by Adam Langer on the Kindle) and a movie, The Illusionist, possibly or maybe a few episodes of The West Wing (I'm still working my way through all seven seasons).
How much snow have we had? Enough, I'd say.
This was our bench-o-meter in on February 21st, 2006:
And this is the bench-o-meter today:
Imagine how much that would be if most of our storms weren't mixed precipitation, as they've been this year. Our snowpack totals have been manageable due to warm temperatures between storms and rain and sleet on the front or back end of most of our storms. Our good friends in-land and up north haven't been so lucky and they're running out of places to put the snow. (York never runs out of places to put the snow. We just haul it down to Harbor Beach and dump it into the ocean).
So all y'all down south and out west, enjoy your day golfing or biking or strolling along. We're going to eat our oatmeal, walk on the treadmill, read our books and then we'll venture out to shovel later in the day. I need a Cabin Fever Reliever.
UPDATE: 3:45 pm. Strange day. At one point it was raining in the front yard and snowing in the back and the weather changed every five minutes. We never ended up with any more accumulation even though it continued to precipitate in one form or another all day.