snow, snow, and more snow

Winter is super here. We have lucked out so far and had an extremely mild winter up until it turned to 2016, but now we have had two good, solid snows. The second one started this weekend and is continuing into the week.

Our home, looking adorbs af in the fresh snow #FireflyCottage

I don’t mind the snow as long as I don’t have to drive very far or do too many things outside the house. If I could just work from home 100% of the time, I’d be completely fine with it! Our home is so darn cozy and it looks really cute with a bit of snow on the roof. (I am also happy that the snow on the roof is even and we don’t have any hot spots appearing – hopefully we will avoid any ice dams or other winter-caused woes!) Pretty soon it will be time for me to prune the two apple trees we planted last fall. I’m a little nervous but excited to be on the path to having fresh fruit!

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power cables

Who doesn’t need a power cable? I need multiple power cables to make it through the day (ridic, maybe, but true) and here is one more that I definitely need to make it through the winter.

Power Cable Hat

My goal for this hat was to make something warm and stylish but still relatively simple. I think I was successful!

Power Cable Hat

There are four cable sections around this hat, with luscious cozy purls in between. The cables begin right at the brim, which I think lends it an elegant look. You can change up your look by wearing it with a cable at your forehead, or one on either side.

Power Cable Hat

Best of all, the yarn used to make this hat is so cozy and warm and perfect for the winter weather we know is coming.

Power Cable Hat

The Power Cable Hat pattern is awaiting your clicks at Etsy, LoveKnitting, Ravelry, and Craftsy.

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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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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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Snowlymoly

So we were supposed to get a big blizzard last night into today, and while it didn’t end up being a really huge amount of snow, most of the schools and lots of other entities (like MPOW, the library) closed down. Lucky for us, K already had the day off so we had time to do the shoveling and snowblowing on our own timetable. I’d been kind of excited to not have to set the alarm clock, but as it ended up, we both woke up before it would even have gone off on a normal day. The curse of getting older.

For reference, here’s the front yard yesterday, the day before the storm:

front yard the day before the snowlymoly

And here’s today, after we cleared the snow:

Snowlymoly

Not a gigantic difference, eh? We got somewhere in the neighborhood of six inches, but there was quite a bit of wind so some areas ended up with more, some with less. Here’s the edge of the driveway, with my mitten for reference:

mitten for reference

One of my favorite things about the snowy season (there aren’t many) is seeing bits of the garden poking up. Here’s some of the lavender that grows along the front path:

Lavender

And some Cape Gooseberry that I never cleared away:

ground cherry

The sky was overcast all day but it was fairly bright out. It continued to snow lightly throughout the day but didn’t accumulate much more. I thought that the silver maple out front looked cool against the sky.

Snowlymoly

Anne and Karl getting ready to shovel #snowlymoly

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