Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 2009

It's Saturday!  And, it's 12-of-12 day!  What could be better?
OH, I know - almost 2-straight days of snowfall and then a GORGEOUS sunny, snow-sparkling day to snap some photos.

But before I get to the snaps, first I need to thank Chad Darnell for his brilliant idea of making a photo diary of the 12th day of each month using 12 photos.  Thanks, Chad!

So, as I mentioned, it's been snowing and snowing and snowing here.  It started Thursday.  I went downstairs to work-out at 6:15am and by the time I got back upstairs, everything was covered with a thin coating of snow... and it was really coming down.  I live in "ski country" so I'm no stranger to snow.  In fact, this is one of the latest "first snows" we've had in a long time.  (We've had snow mid-October in years past).  Thursday was the first REAL snow we've had this season.

This storm was a "lake effect storm" - the Great Lakes produce bands of snow clouds that are almost identical in shape to the lake itself.  (If I had thought about it, I would have grabbed a picture from the weather.com... oh well.)  Lake effect storms tend to stay in one place, maybe "wobble" north and south a few miles, then dissipate.  This week's storm threatened to stay till today, but in actuality, fizzled last night.  All total, the weather people say we got 22.2" of snow in 48 hrs.

So let's get to the photos already!

6:30am - Time to sweat.  I have been faithful to the "promise" to myself back in October... weights/cardio, 3-5 days a week.  Today was day 5!
 
Workout complete.  Chores complete.  Time to play!

11:30am - 1:30pm - Wandering around Sprague Brook Park in Concord, NY
 
The slopes aren't open yet... next week, they say.




Burrrrrrrr


 
The pond is frozen, but the cattails won't give up! 

Giant marshmallows?  Sadly, no.  Snow covered rocks.


Not that you can tell from these photos, but the snow was really deep... 2-feet in spots... and since we are the first adventurous (crazy) souls to come out here on foot (no skis/ snowshoes/ snowmobiles) it was a tough walk.  I burned a TON more calories during the hour we were out here.

4:00pm - The kids really enjoyed their walk, too.  Here's what they look like now.
TaterBug & Mackie

They are so snuggly now that the weather has turned cold.  And with our walk today, they'll just want to sleep for the rest of the night; PERFECT, since I have a "Sock Exchange Party" to go to at friends' house.  They won't miss me one bit!

The sox I have to exchange tonight fit in quite nicely with my 12-of-12 this month... here, take a look and let me know if you agree.

Happy Holidays!
See you in 2010! 

12 comments:

elizabeth said...

burrrrr! LoL!!!!

☆ J ☆ said...

I am SO jealous of the snow. So jealous!

It's 35C heat here in Oz so the only White Christmas I ever see is when I want to pass out from the heat and start seeing a white light in my eyes!!! LOL

Gorgeous photos and your dogs look so snuggly!

TICKLEBEAR said...

awh, man!!
you're way too happy about the snow!!!! i don't share the same enthusiasm...
but i'll admit the brook running through the woods, covered with snow does look lovely. winter belongs on a postcard, i say!!!

meandmymoments said...

Beautiful photos of the snow scenery, but the photos of your pups are my winning picks!

Pete said...

Oh wow Jill those pictures are gorgeous. No chance of any snow like that over here though, sadly.
Enjoy it and stay warm! :)

Dogeared said...

Those are some beautiful snow photos! And there's something amazing about being the first out in untouched snow...

Love the pups asleep. They're do cute when they're tired and snuggly!

Chris said...

Wow! Those photos actually made me miss the snow -- so pretty to walk through like that, so ugly to drive in :)

Nice 12! and Merry Christmas!

raindogthoughts said...

Great snow pics; TaterBug & Mackie are too cute for words. A tired pup is a happy pup.

-Nick

Bec said...

What a beautiful nature walk! I looooove it when the snow sparkles...because that means it's almost my birthday!
Bummer that the rocks weren't marshmallows...hope you didn't have to bite into one to find out ;)
Your dogs looks so cute cuddling together!

myriam kemper said...

I love snow!
Unfortunately we only have a few days with snow :-(
Beautiful pictures!

Greetings from germany,
myriam.

Regina said...

I love your snowy pictures. Isn't it wonderful how everything turns quite quiet when the earth is covered with snow.

Lucrecia Bloggia said...

Wow! Great winter pictures! They're reminding me of paintings by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté (Iknow... so many names for one person!). And "the kids" are too cute!