snow time like the present

We got our first big snow of the winter yesterday. It feels like it’s late in coming, but it’s not really – it’s just that we had a lot of unseasonably warm weather this autumn so it’s only recently gotten cold.

Firefly Cottage looking super cute #FireflyCottage #mtpleasantmi #pureMichigan

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K and I both spent some time snowblowering and shoveling and were able to keep on top of it pretty well. It was also quite powdery which makes clearing it easier.

Roses in the snow #FireflyCottage #mtpleasantmi #pureMichigan

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Our somewhat lopsided xmas tree at #FireflyCottage #mtpleasantmi #pureMichigan

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It was really pretty, too!

Lilac still has leaves from getting confused during the warm autumn

This lilac got fooled into putting out new leaves during the warm autumn, and it is still hanging on to some of them. It is weird to see such bright green leaves in the snow.

This Lilac only grew a few confusion leaves

This one only put out a few leaves. We cut down the very tall branches of both of these plants in the spring, so they can now be shrubs again instead of gangly tall trees with blooms and leaves only at the very top.

Back of the house

I haven’t posted many pictures of the back of the house, but here is one! You can see the strange window layout the original owners chose on the shed dormer – the bigger one is in the stairway and the small one is in the upstairs bath. It makes sense from the inside but looks weird on the outside.

And lastly, a reminder that we forgot to remove the window screens this fall.

Strata #FireflyCottage #mtpleasantmi #pureMichigan

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ministry of silly walks

Coraline has been fairly unimpressed with the snow we’ve had this season. Last winter (her first) we barely had any at all, so she’s really not used to it.

Coraline in the snow: Ministry of Silly Walks

The latest snows we’ve gotten have been super light and fluffy and the snow was up to her belly earlier this week! She was not a fan. I can’t blame her, though. Who wants to pee waist-deep in a pile of cold, wet stuff?

Part of her usual routine in any season is to be chase by poop demons before doing her business. She races manically up and down the yard like a thing possessed – it’s really hilarious. The snow seems to put her into super-demon mode. She not only races up and down, she jumps up and down in circles and chases her tail and is just generally ridiculous. She moves so fast that it’s difficult to get good photos, though I gave it a shot and got a couple of illustrative if not quality shots.

Coraline in the snow: Ministry of Silly Walks

This one is my favorite as it looks like she’s strolling in the front, with her back legs just hovering in the air. It reminds me of when Brodie would occasionally do a handstand while peeing.

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snow crystals

This weekend we had one of those very light, fluffity snows that is so weightless it piles up on itself, making it seem like a bigger deal than it really is.

snow crystals

I braved the ridiculously cold temps to get a few shots. This one turned out, mostly. It’s not quite as crisp as I’d like, but it’s not bad.

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snushy

The weather the last few days hasn’t been able to make up its mind about what season it is. We had snow, rain, freezing rain, ice, slush, and temps ranging from very cold to over 40F.

garden in snow and slush

This weirdness made for some good photo-taking opportunities, though.

garden in snow and slush

I’m sure there’s some way to have Lightroom accentuate the bokeh on this shot so the background would fade away more, but I’m not sure how to do it. I just love the water droplets. They looked like little gems.

garden in snow and slush

This one is super-over-zoomed but the way that an Allium is visible inside the water droplet was too cool not to share.

garden in snow and slush

It’s crazy that one of the Butterfly Bushes still has leaves this green on it, isn’t it?

garden in snow and slush

And speaking of green, this Vinca is in total denial about the fact that it’s winter.

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reminder

By the way, did you forget that it was February in Michigan? We’ve had some balmy temps recently and I was really happy that all the icky, dirty snow melted. That means that we were due for some more snow!

Approximately 3pm:

the snow has begun again

the snow has begun again

And circa 5pm:

circa 5pm

circa 5pm

And around 6:30pm:

circa 6:30pm

Back yard is too dark to get a decent pic.

And it’s still coming down. Ugh! I can see shoveling and snowblowering in our immediate future.

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melt!

Yesterday when we woke up, a huge amount of the snow was gone. The night before, I’d commented that I could see patches of green grass in the snow in the back yard, and on Friday morning, it was the opposite – a patch of snow on the grass.

melted snow!

Ugh, look at that grass! All the dead patches and, though it doesn’t stand out much in this photo, there is a metric buttload of dog doo on the grass. Ah well, much of the grass is actually white dutch clover (along with crab grass and other weeds), and we’ll continue to fill in the dead patches with clover seed in the spring. Hopefully things will dry out a little and we’ll be able to scoop some poop before the next snow.

There are more snowy patches in the front garden, but it’s still good to see that a lot of the snow is gone. I’m also delighted that the roof and gutters are entirely free of snow!

melted snow!

melted snow!

I even noticed some bulbs peeking up! And the one on the left here has apparently worked its way up from being in the soil where it belongs.

melted snow!

You can see that there are lots of leaves in the garden, and my hope is that they’re providing some insulation.

melted snow!

I am so antsy for it to be later so I can get out and actually DO something in the garden, yet I’m always complaining about time going by too quickly. Never satisfied!

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Melting

Yesterday I was off work from the weekend, and I was so happy to see more snow melting and sun shining.

snow is melting!

Look at that! Practically the entire driveway is free of ice! The downspouts were busy all day, making what I found in this case to be a pleasant sound.

snow is melting!

snow is melting!

The area between the garden and the house has totally melted and the mulch here was actually pretty dry as I walked across it in the early afternoon.

snow is melting!

The Russian Sage looks so pretty!

snow is melting!

snow is melting!

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Snowing AGAIN

I had hoped that after #snowlymoly we’d get a reprieve from snow for awhile, but apparently it was not to be. I noticed that it had started snowing shortly after noon, and though the flakes were big it wasn’t accumulating too much yet.

starting to snow

I went down to CraftyTown for awhile and when I came up there were many more fluffity flakes all over.

really coming down now

really coming down now

Brodie, as you can tell, was not particularly enthused.

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Blanketed

The back yard and gardens are not looking like much these days, thanks mostly to the blanket of snow covering everything.

I didn’t notice that there was one strand of Purple Wintercreeper heading straight up until just recently. I assume it must have grown before it got so cold out and just escaped my attention until now.

Purple Wintercreeper

I didn’t cut this Coreopsis back because I think it looks kind of neat.

Coreopsis with snow

I’ve planted cuttings of Purple Wintercreeper back by the ugly back fence the past few years, and it’s really finally taking. I’ll definitely continue this effort, as I’d like to see the entire fence covered in it.

purple wintercreeper on the ugly back fence

I really like this plant. Isn’t that purple color pleasing? Plants that change color through the seasons are cool.

purple wintercreeper on the ugly back fence

Here’s the back veg garden covered by snow. You can see the raised beds, just barely.

veg garden

I can’t wait for it to be spring! I’d really like to be outside doing some sort of work in the yard.

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