Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Winter's last word?

I hope so!

The above photo was taken this past Saturday, April Fool's Day, when we ended up with about a foot of heavy wet snow.

I had seen a sign at a local diner as we drove by Wednesday night on our way to church:


Very, very appropriate to the weather we've been having.

Last Friday and Saturday we had a large storm predicted.  Although the snow didn't actually start falling until around noon, here is what our sky looked like Friday morning.

You know what "red sky at morning" means, right?

 "Red sky at night, sailor's delight;
   Red sky at morning, sailors take warning."

Did you know that this is mentioned in the Bible?

In Matthew 16:1-3, the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus, asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.  Here is Jesus' reply:

"When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.
"And in the morning, It will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.  O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

In looking at "the face of the sky" we discerned on Friday morning that a storm was indeed coming.  It did snow most of Friday afternoon, but by evening there was not a lot of accumulation.  Overnight, however, was a different story, as you can see at the top of the post.  It snowed heavily.

Saturday afternoon, my husband wanted to take 3 of the grandchildren for a snowshoe hike out to a remote pond.  Wouldn't you like to go along?  I had hoped to add in a little video here, but it is just too long and won't load.  So we will settle for a few pictures.

Trailside tree
Putting a new slant on things
Putting a new slant on things take 2
Of course, there had to be a snack at the return of the snowshoe hikers!  I hope they will forgive me as they all have "hat hair" in this photo.  And my table is looking a little tired too.  But the hot chocolate and cinnamon roll blondies were good!
I'm so thankful that Mr. T can do things like this with the kids.  His dad always loved to take family and friends hiking, on snowshoes or otherwise, and it's a real blessing to see that tradition continue with our own grandkids.

I had heard yesterday that we might be getting more snow today, so checked out the weather forecast.  5 to 8 inches of snow?  Oh, I hope not!

Thankfully, that has now been updated to 1 to 3 inches, along with some rain, so -- while it's still not a wonderful outlook -- it's more hopeful than it was.

But it sure seems like Winter is determined to have the last word. 


  1. Wow....snow! Fun photos, looks like the kids has a great time. I did not know that saying was in the Bible. I say it often!

    1. I remember being so surprised when I discovered that this was a biblical saying! But there it is, right in Matthew's Gospel!

      Yes, they did have a good time. They had been out playing in the snow all morning, too. As we said, "When life gives you snow ... build snow forts!"

  2. It does seem as if winter is going to last forever in the northeast. The pictures are beautiful though.

    1. Thanks, Sandy. I am really hoping that this week is Winter's last word!

  3. Yes, I recognize this weather story. It's been a drippy, cold day here hovering around freezing. There was a lot of heavy, wet snow this morning, but it has given way to rain. Tomorrow, we get to do it again.

    Your grands must have a lot of fun being out with their grandfather and then back to the house for the best part of all...snacks in your warm, cozy kitchen.

  4. So you have the same weather today ... I figured you probably would. Ours is a mixture of snow and rain most of the time. Tomorrow our weather is supposed to be better. I hope so!

    Yes, the kids love doing things with Grampa and they enjoy time around the table as well. The youngest did say, "These aren't quite the same [read: as good] as Mommy's blondies." They were in fact quite different from hers, being the cinnamon roll variety.


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