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The weather outside, in point of fact, *is* frightful [Apr. 8th, 2007|02:15 am]
Zoethe
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There is a foot of snow in my yard.

It is April.

There is not supposed to be a foot of snow

in my yard

in April.

When the forecast called for "lake effect snow," I waved it away. That only happens on the east side of town. Sure, we'd had five inches or so, but honestly, it was tapering off.

Then I snugged down to comfort movie viewing and computer surfing, staying up extra late because, well, I just felt like it. On my way to bed, I glanced out the window.

The snow is up to the belly of the Christmas moose.*

I have to drive to the airport in the morning to pick up Ferrett.

And it's still snowing.

Holy crap.

*The Christmas moose is still in the yard not because we are insane (we are, but that isn't the reason). It is to provide a homing beacon to our friends during the winter months when they struggle in the darkness to find our humble and heavily cloned abode. "The house next to the only house with a large pine tree" works well enough in the summer, when people can see said tree, but in winter the light of a wire moose, ponderously glancing right and left, serves as a much more readily identifiable marker.

It's also a handy snow depth gauge.
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[User Picture]From: fmh
2007-04-08 07:25 am (UTC)
The world's broken. This is unnatural.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:34 am (UTC)
Do not equate "uncommon" with "unnatural" for it is an error to do so. Farmers of old would attest to the horror of a late spring freeze that destroyed a year's worth of income. Snow, in fact, would have been more welcome in that it is insulating.
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[User Picture]From: dragons_f_wolf
2007-04-08 07:30 am (UTC)
**sings**

Sometimes it snows in April,
Sometimes you feel so bad.
Sometimes it feels that life is neverending,
And all good things, they say, never last.


The year that song came out is the last time I remember it snowing in April. We got two feet that year here in Kentucky. Damn you, Prince!
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2007-04-08 09:27 am (UTC)
You beat me to it! Prince is awesome.

It snows in April here quite often, I think. I dunno, you never know what kind of weather will happen in the UK. My Chinese colleague says "In the UK you can get four seasons in the same day".
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[User Picture]From: i_autumnheart
2007-04-08 08:10 am (UTC)
My sympathies - we don't ever get snow here, so it's always been a novelty for me, but I imagine it would get pretty old after several months - especially when you thought it gone! This weekend was the first cold one of the Autumn for us (which is not unseasonable), so it seems to have been cool on both sides of the world at once - somewhere must he having the warm weather!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:37 am (UTC)
It's the sheer effrontery of the stuff - I have to shovel in April. I mean, yes, snow in April is not unheard of, but it usually does not arrive in this abundance!!!
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2007-04-08 08:16 am (UTC)
I guess I can't bitch too much about our flurries then.

But dammit, I want some warmth.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:38 am (UTC)
My daffodils have been annihilated - because it's also cold - and I have my doubts about all my other, more tender bulbs, which were up though not bloomed.
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[User Picture]From: zeldakitty
2007-04-08 08:47 am (UTC)
it was almost 90 degrees here just three or four days ago. I had my A.C. on to get to sleep on Tuesday night. The stinging fuzzy caterpillars started descending in clumps down Oak trees here. All manner of flowers erupted all over. Tonight there is sleety cold rain. This is ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:39 am (UTC)
Well, maybe it will kill the caterpillars...
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2007-04-08 09:14 am (UTC)
Aww, the moose is awesome! I think you should keep him up year round!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:39 am (UTC)
He's hard to mow around.
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[User Picture]From: mymichelle
2007-04-08 10:30 am (UTC)
What, you weren't dreaming of a white Easter?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:41 am (UTC)
Funny, that.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2007-04-08 11:16 am (UTC)
"God put it there, He can take it away."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 11:42 am (UTC)
Yes, but that was when I could drive out over the stuff. Such an option has evaporated. And you don't want to be walking home, you selfish beast.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-04-08 11:52 am (UTC)
My consolations on the foot of snow. I remember one April Easter when the kids were little, we have pictures of them with snowsuits and boots over the Easter dresses.

I also remember one winter when it ALWAYS snowed while my husband was away/at work. Then I would have to shovel so he could get in the driveway (overnight parking on the street being forbidden on our main street, because it impedes the plowing).

I LIKE your Xmas moose. Several years ago I began leaving my Xmas lights in the front window (twinkle lights on the inside of our bay window) because they were so cheerful and provided a nice glow in the evening. Now I buy a few extra strings on the markdowns after Xmas so I can replace them in July when the bulbs start going.

Happy Easter! Don't throw your back out with shoveling!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm about 2/3rds of the way through; came in for a drink of water. Holding up okay thusfar.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2007-04-08 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ours is all melted now, but the mere fact that we had snow -- in TEXAS! -- is insane enough.

...Man, if it froze overnight, this is going to be a miserable family gathering. (Farm family, freeze now is badbadbad, and it was expected.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 01:34 pm (UTC)
Eep. Hope not!!!
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[User Picture]From: stealingbabies
2007-04-08 01:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Utah. I think this is the first year in a long time that we've had a normal spring. Normally, it's snowing one day (one time we even had it snowing in June...), and sunny and warm the next day. It was weird to wake up to it pouring rain. I'd have expected snow...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 01:57 pm (UTC)
You and Colorado consistently have the most dramatically variant weather of which I know. 75 degrees one day and two feet of snow the next is so common as to hardly be worthy of comment!
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-04-08 01:44 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. W ewere going to go out to a movie last night but we get there & it's sold out, so navigating through the dumb people & home was a challange. SLIPPERY! I don't understand why it's still snowing. Why can't it quit already!

Also I totally want your moose!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 01:54 pm (UTC)
You may not have my moose! Never!!!

The driveway is done. I have spaghetti arms.
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2007-04-08 02:21 pm (UTC)
Here comes Peter Cottontail, boarding down the skiing trail....

Unbelievable. Drive safe.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks - you made me laugh!
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2007-04-08 02:45 pm (UTC)
Ough....sorry to hear it! I know I wouldn't be happy to wake up to that here. Of course, we could use the water to offset years of drought, but it'd still be a pain in the gluteus maximii.

Drive careful.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 02:52 pm (UTC)
I shall. We're at least dug out now - assuming the stuff stops anytime soon....
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[User Picture]From: undertheivy99
2007-04-08 05:19 pm (UTC)

Homing beacon

"*The Christmas moose is still in the yard not because we are insane (we are, but that isn't the reason). It is to provide a homing beacon to our friends during the winter months when they struggle in the darkness to find our humble and heavily cloned abode. 'The house next to the only house with a large pine tree' works well enough in the summer, when people can see said tree, but in winter the light of a wire moose, ponderously glancing right and left, serves as a much more readily identifiable marker."

This is one of the many reasons we have a Hufflepuff banner in our front window. Just makes it way easier to find our place. AND I like watching little kids walk by and point at th banner as they speak excitedly to their parents. Hurray for Harry Potter!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-08 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Homing beacon

A Harry Potter summer ahead of us, too! Yay!
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