Sunday, January 31, 2010

Oxford Snow - View from my Window - Lin Frye

9" x 12"
Arches 140#CP

BRRRRRRRRRRRR! The snow finished falling yesterday, and the extremely cold temperatures have frozen the mounds in place. We have yet to make it to the garage - 10 feet from the house -- to reach the snow shovel. The steps are a solid mass of 8" ice ... and from the looks of things on the front porch, the cats didn't make it much further than below the steps. The sun never made it out yestersday, but as I'm typing, the first rays of yellow are making their way above the treeline. But it's mighty cold.

We're grateful to still have power - and so we've been snuggly warm and using the housebound time to acquaint ourselves with the new computer, cook, rest, and basically use the day as a 'found object' to truly do very little. I managed to paint this from a photo I took through the upstairs window early yesterday morning.

We've yet to see a car go by on the road, and since we live on a private street, there is no plowing of it unless we do it. I suppose today will be the day we attempt to shovel ourselves out. From the news last night, most everything is shut down - stores, many churches, airport, buses. Major roads have been plowed and salted, but since we live 15 miles from a major road, it's a 'do-it'yourself' with the neighbors kind of thing for us.

The storm kept us once more from our scheduled trip to visit my daughter for my granddaughter's first birthday -- and an exchange of Christmas gifts (that trip rescheduled due to a death in the family).... at the rate we're going, we'll have Christmas in July to be sure! LOL

Stay warm and safe whever you are!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Brrr! It LOOKS cold. I have to admit, though I loved living in the country, having a snow plow go right up the street in front of the house is still a miracle I appreciate every time it snows!

  2. A wonderful insight into your cold world Lin! I am constantly amazed that everything does get back to normal again and then revel in your beautiful, green summers! Where in the US are you situated?

  3. Thanks so much! Maree -- I live outside of Raleigh, North Carolina in a rural town - 15 miles from the nearest major road, 10 miles from town.


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