Friday, January 9, 2009

Snow, snow and more snow and then... tons of rain

We sure had a White Christmas.
You remember when you were a kid and you wished as hard as you could for snow on Christmas because then it would more like Christmas? Where did that idea come from? It hardly ever snows on Christmas around here. Probably from books when you were young! Same idea as this I quess.I must have had a fairy tale upbringing. Always in fairy land and dreaming about something else.
Well, anyways, we had the most snow I can clearly remember. It snowed right through the Christmas break. The kids (I should say kid) only had one snow day out of the deal.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services were both canceled because of the snow. Since it was holiday time staying home was not much of a problem. But it just kept coming. So,...there was a lot of time for pictures:

This is the back yard during the snow fall

and this is it a week later after an incredible amount of rain
Notice on this evening picture how on the left middle side of the mound of snow is a little trail. This is the daily path that our neighborhood Racoons take to bed down at the end of their night (being nocturnal). Sometimes we see them because they are a little later than normal. Usually we hear them at night and trust me this is not a pretty sound. It sounds like alot of snorting, and high pitch squeaking and to me it sounds like a large racoon is giving a small racoon #$%&, i f you know what I mean. Of course this is usually in the wee hours of the night so things always sound louder or scarier, but that is the only time we ever hear them.
There is actually a worn path through the back of our yard that continues through the neighbors yard and into the park. They seem to always take the same route.
I actually saw 4 of them the other morning. I guess they were late again and when they saw me they hid behind our cedar tree and just peeked out with their masky face to see if I was still watching. Suddenly one at a time would make mad a dash, well a racoon waddle dash, towards the fence and proceeded to climb up and disappear into the next cedar tree. They are cute and funny but very vicious!!!a fort built out of tons of snow in our front yard

This is one week later. Good old west coast rain. Now you can see why the snow fall was so amazing for us because this picture is usually how it looks here in the winter minus that small pile of snow left behind.



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