Behold! The Apocalypse Is Nigh!Blog, Just Life POST A COMMENT December 8, 2017 by IlonaLast night. This morningGo Texas!
Susan McGillicuddy says
That is so funny because I had not noticed the snow at first. I am in New England so a dusting of snow is nothing to me. But I used to live in North Carolina and I know snow is a big deal when you are not used to it.
Same nice fire going in the fireplace for us, but no snow!
However, freezing rain is coming our way, on the French Riviera…. and we had to cancel our village’s Christmas Market.
I was looking forward to making the 30 liters of mulled wine and 20 kg of crepe batter….
that’s so funny you cancel a Christmas market because of cold? its supposed to be cold… says the German.
Freezing rain is not the same as cold. It’s a serious driving hazard. It’s quite common in our area, and people who move here from dry cold areas, that mainly get lots of snow, always scoff at us, right up until they slide off the road. Then guess who is heroically trying not to laugh?
our family is not used to freezing rain, (just cold and snow) so driving through real Freezing rain was considered nothing, until the windshield was covered in ICE!
Sympathy for the freezing rain. That stuff is nasty. If you do get freezing rain, may it melt quickly.
Love the first picture! Enjoy it….we should see the snow tonight and tomorrow morning in Northern Virginia….
We have snow in South Louisiana too. It was 80 on Monday and snowing on Friday.
Yes! We made tiny snowmen in Lafayette this morning.
It actually stuck in south Mississippi.
Theresa Linger says
Amazing! I wouldn’t expect to see snow in Texas. I live in southern Ontario so for me that looks like normal late November, early December morning.
Karen the Griffmom says
You guys have more snow than we do in lower Michigan!
I’m in Ohio, and we were supposed to get a few inches yesterday. Flakes fell, it’s below freezing, but there’s nothing worth mentioning. (Of course, we’re supposed to get up to a foot over the next week, and I’ve getting over being sick, so at the moment, that sounds like a good reason not to leave the house at all. Would that that were an option!)
trailing wife says
If the ground isn’t frozen, the snow melts as soon as it lands.
At the south end of Ohio we might get as much as half an inch of snow tomorrow, but it won’t last.
I think it also just mostly missed us. Though it’s also possible that the ground hadn’t cooled down all the way for what did fall (I suspect that won’t be so much of a problem later this week, it was -7C this morning, which is like… 19F, I think?)
Of course, I’m in line for the wonders of Lake Effect Snow, so minor changes in how the wind blows can be the difference between 2 inches and 18!
Does this help the no-Christmas-tree issue?
We had a great snow fall in San Antonio! It was crazy scary to drive in for the first time in my life. My ballet studio is next to a yoga one and the instructor popped out giddy and excited. She said she was telling her students to to be calm and ignore all the shouting but then they heard the word snow and she rushed out with no shoes. ^-^
Kate F says
I’m in New Hampshire and still haven’t gotten snow in my town yet!! lol
Minus 2 C here but no snow after weeks of rain, sniffle 🙁 Only thick fog making streets covered in black ice. And far too many sirens from emergency services vehicles all last night and this morning. I want my snow!
So did they close all the schools and advise people to stay off the roads? 😛
The Austin area school districts were either closed or started a few hours late (including Univ of Texas). My company recently started using the AISD open/close schedule to determine if we close or not. So, yep, we are closed for the day. The snow got thicker the further south of Austin you got. Pretty nice.
in New Brunswick Canada and that is just a normal sight his time of year 🙂 but also been on West coast so know how even that little bit can play havoc when it is not a normal thing.
drive safe and know should be gone very fast
Enjoying the snow here just north of Houston. It’s still covering the roof and tree tops, but melting. Made us remember our years in VA. 🙂
I worry that you have no tree. It’s such a psychological uplift. I think you should get a small ,2 or 3 foot live tree and decorate with unbreakable ornaments. When you move, just wrap it in a sheet and take it with you
Carrie Romero says
I’m not worried about Ilona not having a tree, but I do agree that a fully decorated 2ft or 3ft tree can be wrapped in a sheet or a sheer, and moved. Carefully, but easily. I’ve personally only moved one like that from the downstairs to the upstairs, and back again, or from one end of the same floor to the other end, but yes.
View from my Mom’s front window, we had an early onset of winter and have had this view for close to 2 months now. Beautiful Northwestern Ontario, about 8 hours drive north of Minneapolis.
Looks like here in South Dakota. It has snowed 3 days this week and isn’t showing signs of melting yet.
Wisconsin here! You have more snow than we do, too! So cool and so close to Christmas. Will it last?
No. I had snow this early this morning too. It was great. It was gone before nine o’clock. Sniff.
Susan E says
Eastern North Carolina is just getting cold rain… not fair!
Congratulations! You have more snow than upstate New York. 🙂
Shiloh Gibson says
We’re from Florida but are currently in El Paso. We were supposed to head out to Roswell today but we changed our reservations at our AirBnB for 2 more nights to avoid any more winter weather. Time to aim south. I haven’t had to drive where there could be black ice in 15 years. Brrrr…
I’m in Atlanta and we are getting snow….so as per our usual we are shutting down the city. I worked from home today but my office building is closing at 2pm for those that went in.
It’s funny that we do this several times every winter lately. I guess none of us have any intention of learning to coexist with winter weather. It’s easier to just snuggle and hide until jack frost has passed us by ?
Maybe you’ll end up with a White Street like in Kate’s Atlanta, where the snow sticks around for 3 years. 😉
C Dondero says
I live in Atlanta too and live on a major hill (originally from New England so it’s an actual hill) and most cars cannot get up my hill with the snow and ice we’ve accumulated. I’m just knitting away, drinking hot tea and enjoying Mother Nature’s beautiful vista as the trees are gloriously covered with snow. Okay, enough of this white stuff, bring me back the sun and warmth, please.
Yeah, it should only stick around long enough for you to get videos of people trying to drive. Once you have that and have posted it, the snow can go.
Arcanist Lupus says
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is ON FIRE.
I live about 5 and 1/2 hours north of Los Angeles and we are having a “ spare the air day” to help with the smoke pollution from the fires.
I’m from Ottawa, ON, Canada… does “spare the air day” mean no smoking, no driving???
In my city it means try to use mass transit, no bbqing, no woodsmoke unless it is the only way to heat your house. Essentially no smoking, no driving.
White Christmases are weird, I’m from New Zealand where we all try to wear as little as decent because of the heat and hang out around pools and beaches with bbqs 😀 Summer Christmases for the win 😀
When I was a kid I met an Aussie and asked when they had Christmas – because if there wasn’t snow then it couldn’t possibly be Christmas time. How could Santa’s sleigh land with no snow?! 🙂
Shannon from Florida says
That mess (minus the snow) is headed to central Florida this weekend. Will be in the thirties for a couple of days. Brrrrr.
30’s? It was 3 degrees when I got off work yesterday morning at 3 am. LOL
My friend who lives right outside of Atlanta texted me a picture as she is from NC and snow still amazes her. She got a little bit more than you. Storm is headed to the Northeast tomorrow (so NYC where I live will be affected), totally took me by surprise as I had no idea we were getting a storm. Supposed to drive down to VA tomorrow so hopefully it’s not super crazy. Glad I held on to my beat up snow boots!
cherylanne farley says
Here in SoCAli we don’t have snow. We have flames. Sigh. xxoocf
I thought the first pic was a black and white photo then I realized it was snow! I guess that means everything shut down early. I am from Canada and when I was living in GA I was shocked that they closed school for a measly half an inch of snow. They just don’t have the equipment to deal with snow down south. I was happy though with a snow day 🙂
Karen the Griffmom says
Lived for a while in Michigan’s UP, and nothing ever closed for snow – of course the plows were as big as wheat combines, and they were on the roads when the first flakes fell. None of this nonsense about, “Oh, let’s see if it sticks . . .” Between 200 – 400 inches yearly means superior (no pun intended) snow removal strategy and tactics!
When we lived in San Antonio, it snowed on my son’s second birthday and he expected it from then on. I should have bought an “I survived the blizzard (sic) of ’85” t-shirt, 🙂 but my husband would have laughed at me.
I’m from Alberta (western Canada), that doesn’t even count as snow! We have had the white stuff since Nov 1, and already hit below -15 degrees celcius a couple times. I’m not looking forward to the -20 or colder when that comes in January/Feb. I also think its funny when places shut down for a light dusting of snow!
What part of Alberta? I’m in Strathmore (just east of Calgary), and there’s no snow here. But you are right: that doesn’t count as snow, that’s just a nuisance. Just enough to have to wipe off the car and not even enough to make a good snowball.
This is the Almighty sending you your Christmas tree, no?
Monina Cabanada says
🙂 my sister was so excited when she saw the white on the trees in her Woodlands neighborhood as she drove my niece to school this morning. They think it will all melt once the sun is high.
Pat Sciarini says
Ah, need more if that white stuff. Enjoy!
Shiloh Gibson had it right for far West Texas. A little wet snow in the daytime and black ice in the morning. Then the wind starts, talk about hawk weather. It’s as bad as Lake Shore Drive in Chicago in February, when your spit freezes before it hits the ground. That picture in yesterday’s blog, that looks like a clump of dead sliver fish that was in a worn and tattered 1979 El Paso Times laying under the original carpet. I bought the house in 1980. The carpet layers didn’t sweep the floor before the carpet was laid. They laid the foam pad over what ever was on the floor, piles of dirt, plastic cup lids etc. Didn’t know it until we started remodeling.
Cora Nelson says
Two highs have moved to Northern California, so we are now worried about drought. Hope the rain comes soon. We’re worried about more fire in Northern California
Fan in California says
If it can snow in Tucson AZ, it can (obviously!!) snow anywhere!! And the fire made me crack up because there is a reference in one of the Hidden Legacy books about having a fireplace even though there’s really no need for them? (Sorry, can’t put my finger on the exact quote, so a bit of a summary . . .). So, once in awhile, it is nice to have a fireplace!!! ?
I saw your area was due for some snow yesterday. Was hoping you go it. Although I’m very jealous we haven’t gotten any snow yet in Kansas. Just cold gusty winds. ?
Bah humbug… I live in Canada and where I am there’s no snow right now. In fact we’re having early spring weather. It’s confusing the trees, we’ve got a few budding. I’m hoping we get some snow before Christmas. Christmas is supposed to have snow in this hemisphere…
Sigh- I missed the whole snow thing all together. I didn’t see any snow when I covered my anthurium on the balcony at 2AM and it had melted by the time I thought to look outside at 9AM.
It’s just as well, Houston drivers go crazy when they have to deal with frozen precipitation. You’d think with all the population growth, someone could deal with it, but evidently everyone one who moves here from “northern climes” forgets how to deal with cold weather as soon as they unpack.
The schools don’t close because they can’t function. They close so the students can go play in the snow while it lasts. I remember the entire student body of my high school playing on the lawn of the school for the last hour and a bit of the school day. Then we were dismissed and went home to melted snow. (A bit farther south than Corpus Christi and about 20 miles inland. Snow was rare and we liked it that way.)
We had hail that stayed on all the cars last night and the forecast is for snow tommorow afternoon. My husband and I plan on spending tommorow afternoon getting drunk and putting up our christmas tree.
Hope you all stay nice and warm.
Inga Abel says
Hahaha!!! That is soo funny! All those comments! Sorry, but I live in Switzerland and the white stuff is kind of a given! Enjoy while you can and try to avoid the freaked-out not-used-to-it-car-drivers ?!
Ilona aren’t you from Russia? Shouldn’t you just put on a big furry hat, down some vodka and laugh at that little dusting??
But (my memory could be faulty… ) I think Ilona came to the States when she was 15, on a scholarship… and it was to a warm State
Patricia Schlorke says
Dallas-Fort Worth didn’t get any snow. All we got was the cold temperatures (finally!). When I saw where the snow hit, I started laughing and shaking my head. Enjoy the snow while it lasts. Before you know it, the 60s and 70s will be back. ?
It’s so exciting to have some snow, even if it’s just a bit. I love how quiet it is after snow falls. I rarely get to see it any more. Southeastern Arizona has warmed over the years so the snow stays in the mountains where I live. It’s still a thing of beauty!??❄⛄
It rained in Virginia all day yesterday and, from the looks of it, all day today. I’ll be delivering all weekend. Makes me wish my rainboots are more comfortable.
In Virginia and we are calling for 6 inches in my area. This is NOT something we are used to this time of the year either! Would be awfully nice to have a white Christmas this year. We haven’t had one for several years now. ?☃️❄️
It’s too funny, there is so little snow in Colorado and Utah that one of the Ski Resorts is putting on soup kitchens for their employees because they’re not getting paid and people are cancelling skiing vacations. The apocalypse it is!
Debi Majo says
It was a wild weather week in Central Texas! On Monday we set a record for an all time high temp of 85 degrees then by Thursday evening we had snow! A rare occurrence here and what made it wild was the farther south you went, the more snow! There was 4” in Bastrop (southeast of ATX) and a little over 2” in Corpus Christi! Snow on the beach! Today, it’s back to a normal 70 degrees.
It snowed once when I lived in Austin, and my kids ( 5&2) had never seen snow. So I tied plastic bags over their shoes, added a sweater under theIr jackets and sent them out. They had a blast! But it was gone by noon. It’s funny, but right now in Chicago we’ve got the same amount of snow ❄ as you do!
North of the Mason Dixon Line
Honey it’s snowing. Response, Oh, how beautiful.
West of the Mississippi
Honey, its snowing. Response, OK, you had the snow tires put on last week, so we’re good.
Honey it’s snowing. Response. Oh, OK, no biggie.
Anywhere in the southeastern Us
Honey it’s snowing. Oh My God! Do we have enough food? Do we have enough toilet paper. Get to the store and buy ALL the bread, soup and cheetos they have. And twinkles. But honey, it’s barely a dusting. I DON’T CARE, GET TO THE STORE OR WE’LL STARVE!
And this is why every time it snows down south, the roads turn into a bumper cars parking lot, especially the highways around Atlanta. Southerners think snow is the End Of The World.
Lived in Atlanta 35 years. I’m from West Virginia, my husband is from Nebraska. We stayed home. And laughed. Sorry, couldn’t help it. It’s like watching a bunch or hyper 5 year olds loose it after too much sugar
Patricia Schlorke says
So true! 😀
Meg, I’m going to slightly amend your comment. Southerners think snow is,
THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!
No sympathy from me… I live in Buffalo. ‘Nuff said. 😀
Lol! You’ve got more snow there than in Toronto, Canada right now… though we’ll catch up soon enough…
Pretty. Weird. Pretty weird. 🙂 Glad you have a fireplace!
Wendy Saf says
You outdid the little “Clipper” that breezed through last night In Wisconsin. Less than an inch here.
LOL, I remember one time in Houston in the early 80’s that it “snowed” for a couple of hours. Everyone freaked, and schools let out early.
Still snowing in New Jersey. It looks beautiful with the Christmas lights shining through. ?
I’ve remodled several houses and it’s true, many carpet layers don’t sweep before they lay the carpet. In one house I found razor blades, cigarette butts, pens, 8 inch long chunks of wood… under the old carpet -no kidding. It was disconcerting to think that families had walked over all that stuff for years. Now when I work on my fixer-uppers, I personally remove the carpet, sweep the floors, vacuum where the broom can’t reach and I clorox the concrete two days before the new carpet & pad is scheduled. I also like to take a Sharpie marker and write blessings on the concrete floor. It makes me happy.
**TIP: If you’re buying a house with new carpeting, make sure the padding is new too. New carpet does NOT mean a clean fresh pad was installed or that the concrete was cleaned. The people/pet smells/dander do eventually permeate, especalliy after the first steam cleaning when the pad & carpet contents are mingled by the hot water.
**This was meant to be a reply under Henry’s post. Not sure about what went awry. Standing here all alone this post looks so random!
But very cute randomness, thank you for the extra care you put into your remodels.
here in eastern Canada, it has been raining on the coast and snowing further inland. I still have to get the winter tires on my car, hopefully the snow starts.. i have been lazy and busy with other things.
Parked at the bottom of the hill last night. Last snow of the year last spring i looked at the dusting of snow on the hill and thought, ‘I can make it.’
I was half right.
Expensive lesson, but I learned.
Am now researching for another automobile 🙂
Moving, preparing a house, among lifes big stressors. I can only imagine the stress of finishing a book and you two do such an outstanding job! Keep deep breathing. Can you do a portable tree or tree like object?
I like your dusting of snow, Ilona. We’re having something similar to that here in Santa Barbara. Except it’s not snow – it’s ash. I’m so sick of ash and smoke. But at least our house is still standing. For now anyway. I’ll dream of snow and clear, crisp air tonight. Thanks for sharing your Texas snow.
lol…so it’s true! Texans panic over an inch of snow! 😉 j/k j/k
Now in Vermont… we get to be dumped with snow for about 24 hours… give or take… 5-8 inches with more in the mountains likely…
I shoveled at 6:45 this morning until a little past 7. When I went to leave for work, there was already enough snow on my car that I had to clean it off again… almost a quarter of an inch.
I miss Vermont so much. Actual snow! I live in western PA and it tends to ice, melt, ice, melt, ice, melt-like mud season only all winter long with occasional bursts of snow that melt into ice then mud then…. Blah.