Thursday, December 10, 2009


I enjoyed a 'wild' weekend in Vegas; watching the National Finals Rodeo, shopping, people watching, watching my sister thoroughly enjoy the country music bands. But I kept an ear tuned to the winter storm warnings back home in California. After a long but uneventful flight home Sunday night, we were met by rain at the airport, heavier rain as we reached the foothills, rain and snow mixed as we climbed towards home.... and this....

Snow greets us at our gate. Not too bad, I suppose. The house is toasty warm and we crawl between flannel sheets and fall fast asleep. I plan to rise in a few hours and head south to work.
We are jolted from our slumber sometime early morning by a crack of thunder. I think how weird that the blizzard has changed to a thunder storm. Then back to sleep. Jerry wakes me saying he can't find the alarm clock. The clock isn't missing, the power is out. Both now fully awake, we realize the earlier boom wasn't thunder.... dressing quickly we grab flashlights and head out the door. Amazed to be greeted by a dazzling white landscape littered with downed branches and trees, sagging power lines and trees heavy with packs of snow performing the most incredible gymnastics.

The realtor assured me that it snowed very seldom at this location. hhmmph

Amy and Jerry hung pine boughs and bows on the fence posts last week. The fresh snow is a nice touch.

Billie explores.

This is supposed to stand straight up.

Tristan was one of the happy ones.

Power lines and trees and snow.

A candy cane wanna-be.

Jerry and Tristan being good neighbors.

More happiness.

This is the thunder maker... just missed taking out our new fence. At 6:00 a.m. we were clearing it from the road. Jerry chain sawed, I supervised and offered suggestions.

These smaller oaks did smash the back fence.

Annie has the right idea.

Four days later, the electric is back on, just in time for my return home tomorrow. I hope the snow is all melted by tomorrow too.


Jenn said...

It is indeed beautiful! Beautiful and destructive. Excellent photos!

But, you can keep it. Seriously. Please don't send any our way. Thanks!

di :) said...

which sister enjoyed the country/cowboy music?!?! yee haw :)
Great snow pictures. we don't have enough to make pretty pictures yet. I'm sure it'll be here just in time for your visit tho. C U soon

lov ya mom said...

Lots of snow does make for beautiful pictures. to bad it had to do damage.

NO,snow for your trip here, LETS hope, think positive. maybe snow before, but have all roads and air ports open and cleared. for your coming and going...
hugs and kisses for all

Coffee Bean said...

Oh boy... storms like that sure do a lot of damage! Yowza. But, the pictures are soooo beautiful!

Karen Deborah said...

it looks so beautiful though--we had some snow too!

david said...

Snow in the country sure looks a lot btter then in the city. Maybe it's just me.

Courtney said...

That is crazy! You do live in CA, right?