Tolkien, artist

Winter Is Coming...

We are expected to get our first snow today, and I am SO not ready. I don't want to replace the snow shovel and sweepers into my car again. I don't want to face pulling snow off the roof for another winter. Can I move to a nice warm climate for the winter? No...I'll diminish and return to my life and remain Sandra.....(with apologies to Tolkien for the paraphrasing).

I am running so late today, and I'm trying to be positive about the winter to come, so I thought I would find some lovely snowfall pictures to share with all of you today and just leave my post short and sweet. Because to me, snowy days are incredibly inspirational. I want to go into the studio and make art. I want to play with the kiln. I want to form metal. I want to melt glass. So, if this truly is the start to winter for me, I guess I'm OK with it.
Southern hemisphere, dear, lol. South Africa to be exact. And this is a bit extreme for November, shouldn't be this hot till late December.
Oh, yes, I thought it should be southern hemisphere. :) I am not sure that even California, or Florida, or Egipt (or other similar locations on northern hemisphere) have such high temperatures in November.

I guess your November is equivalent of our May, right? It sometimes happens here that we have warmer days in May than in June. Not all the time, of course, but it can happen.
Sometimes Arizona will have such hot temps in November, but today it will only be in the 70's there. We'll be lucky to hit the mid-40's here :-( It'll be warmer next week for Turkey Day (Thanksgiving Day which is Thursday in the USA).

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- Erulisse (one L)
I think having friends from all over the world is one of the BEST parts about my f-list. I just LOVE it!

I totally agree - I love it too! :))) *hugs*
This is meant to be early summer, nice and mild, not killer heat :D Our hottest time is late January, early February, which is when it usually goes up into the mid 30s.

I am envying you all your winter, I'm not really much of a summer person, lol.
My season is autumn. Love the way the light changes and that wonderful crisp air.
I think Autumn is actually my favorite season, but Spring is running a close second.

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, that's hot, Keiliss. It's a bit early for those temps, isn't it? You might be in for a very hot summer indeed.

- Erulisse (one L)
They just got over a heatwave up in Gauteng, so I guess it was our turn. Very unexpected as we've had quite cool weather up till now, so there's been no chance to slowly ease into it.
The pictures are beautiful! :)

Snow is nice, that is, it would be nice, if only we could teach it to fall everywhere else except on the roads... Luckily, it doesn't snow often here where I live, but when it does, I don't feel comfortable when I have to drive... and if it looks to dangerous, I stay at home.
Unfortunately, I have to drive on it, usually for at least five months of the year. Not driving might happen on really ucky days after I retire, but right now I'm still a working girl and have to get to and from the shop daily.

The pics were pretty, weren't they? I'm glad you enjoyed them.

- Erulisse (one L)
Here on the Mediterranean coast, where I live, we rarely have snow. There are parts of Croatia that are much colder (mountains and mainland with continental climate) and they have snow in winter. But here, we have it once in several years. And you know what that means? None of us here knows how to drive on it. None of us here has winter tyres - because we (mostly) don't need them. So, what happens when it finally snows?

Another thing is that Rijeka (my city) does not lay on the flat land, but immediately after the coast line there are hills and mountains, so basically, the further you walk from the sea, the higher you climb (the highest point in the city is about 220 meters - and that's where my observatory is).
So, combine the terrain with the fact that we don't know how to drive on the snow... *lol* With only 2-3 cm (1 inch) of snow, most people don't go to work and most children don't go to school. It's a total chaos - which is quite funny to observe.
It must be really gorgeous where you live. I know other places that see snow rarely and have hills - snow can practically send the entire city into immobility because nobody knows what to do about it. Here in the north, we are well acquainted with snow and after the first few flurries, we settle down and behave sensibly on roads that are less predictable.

- Erulisse (one L)
Hills and mountains running down to the shore - it sounds gorgeous, so like the way I picture Mithlond :)
Brrr indeed, my dear. While you and Pip stay nice and warm in Balmy So Cal, we, in the north will finally get our first touch of winter. Then again, snow is beautiful. What I don't like about it is the work that it requires to be able to live with it.

- Erulisse (one L)
I well remember, from Pennsylvania, scraping ice off windshields, warming up the car, having frozen hands and ears, and wondering when Spring would *ever* come. Brrrrrr. This is early for snow there, isn't it?
Not really, our first snows usually are anytime from October on, so we're about right. I just hope this will be quick and fast and melt soon. Sometimes that doesn't happen and we're stuck in dirty white until April. Ick!

- Erulisse (one L)
Snow can be very beautiful - but I don't think I am quite ready for winter proper, just yet...
I agree, I'm really not in the mood for snow just yet, so I'm hoping we will miss this storm front and just get rain. Hey...I can be optimistic, right - LOL?

- Erulisse (one L)
Yeah, it will be that way here soon enough. ::sends you nice hot drink, in a thermos::
I will happily take some nice hot tea in a thermos, and raise you a hot chocolate with whipped cream :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I have a great dislike for snow, personally. Unless I can go skiing, that is. It's (in my opinion) quite nasty.

We had our first snow mid-October, and it's snowed quite a few times since then. We probably won't see the ground again until March. :(
I'm not a skiier, and Minnesota is a pretty flat state so I would have to do cross-country skiing if I put boards on my feet. When I was younger and still living in Colorado I did ski - downhill skiing. I enjoyed it but was never very good at it. I used to ice skate really well, though.

- Erulisse (one L)
winter sports can be fun - how about tobaggan? :-)
As pretty as those pictures with snow are, I'd rather not see snow this winter. This country can't cope with it, and chaos and disruption get tiring after the first couple of days.

Today we had a gorgeous, sunny autum day with gold on the trees and a blue sky.
When I lived in Denver, Colorado, a mountainous state that has bunches of ski resorts in the mountains, the City itself was completely incompetent at taking care of snowfalls. It was quite refreshing to move to a state and city where they do an amazingly good job removing the snow. In fact, other places come to Minnesota to learn how we do it. You have my total sympathies...(and a bit of envy for your warm autumn day with golden leaves and a blue sky)

- Erulisse (one L)
I hate the disruption snow brings - it looks pretty but here everything stops.
Maryland has already had their first snow. I'm not missing it! Its odd to have everyone playing Christmas music while people are in shorts and flip flops. Its a bit chilly today. 74F. =D
LOL. They were playing holiday music at my local coffee shop earlier in the week. Eeek! I took my headphones out, plugged them into my NookColor and started listening to music on Pandora instead. I just can't handle holiday music until after Thanksgiving, when I have to have said music playing at the store to keep everyone in that "holiday" mood.

- Erulisse (one L)
who notices every Christmas that there aren't any Solstice songs... Just saying....
I'm looking forward to our first snow. But then, I grew up mostly in Florida, so it's still special. (My answer will be completely different at the end of winter, but it's not that time yet.)
Well, I'm already tired of winter and it was only the first snow. We got 1-2 inches, my shoes are soaked, I only found one of the two car brushes I like to use so I'll have to take a serious hunt tomorrow for the other one, and the act of brushing off my car reminded me, yet again, how much I dislike brushing off my car - LOL. Is it spring yet?

- Erulisse (one L)