Inspirational Sunset

The colors in tonight’s spectacular sunset next to the white winter snow make for an astounding snowscape!

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Winter Storm Jonas: The Day After

We had cabin fever so we took a ride to check out the roads. Some are clear and some are not. It will take some time for all of the snow to melt.

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A Christmas tree farm.

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An amazing fence.

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I have always loved this old chimney. It made me sad when the old home place was torn down.

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My great great grandparents lived in the home with a store and post office next door, at the top of photo. The building at the bottom of photo is an old gristmill.

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Creek running next to gristmill in above photo.

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Trees close to the creek and gristmill.

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Sign in our yard.

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Our home from a distance.

Winter Storm Jonas: Day 3

It finally quit snowing!

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This is our back door. The drift is about two feet deep. We can’t get the door open.

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Our snow plow angel (a really good neighbor) plowed our long driveway. We try to pay him but he says, “If you pay me, I can’t shovel it.” So he gets apple pie, butterscotch oatmeal nut cookies, home canned green beans, and homemade wineberry jelly instead. He lives with his dad and they always like my home cooked goodies. Before and after shoveling our drive, he does everyone else’s driveway too! Amazing.

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Shoveling the garage so we can get the car out.

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Winter snowscape behind our house.

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Lawn furniture on the back deck.

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Our steps in the back are burried.

Winter Storm Jonas: Day 2

We survived day one of Winter Storm Jonas and day two is coming to an end.

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The back door is officially blocked and we cannot open it. But we can still get out the front door (at least for now). Hubby shoveled in the front so that we can continue to get out the door. We’re still able to get to the wood pile on the front porch. The wood burning stove is keeping us nice and toasty.

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The heat pump, one of our vehicles, and a pile of firewood in the yard are getting buried.

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Our antique bench from Nannie Gardenhire is somewhat protected from the snow but getting buried too. During the summer, we lie in our hammock between the two trees on the right.

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Hubby told the birds they better slow down on the vittles because he can’t get to their bird seed at the moment. We love our red cardinals! Too bad the screen was on the window for this photo.

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Our “Farmers Fancy” barn quilt block in all of her glory!

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I love looking out the window and seeing the beautiful colors on my hand-painted barn quilt.

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It seemed like a good day too make my famous (annual) apple pie. I didn’t get it baked in the fall, so it was a yummy treat on a cold winter day.

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Hubby kept busy dehydrating a batch of apples. We also worked on painting.

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The front yard with our well house, snow-laden (non-traveled) road, and neighbor’s barns.

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Photo taken from the side window of our home. Our poor neighbor was having to shovel snow and feed farm animals. I am so thankful we don’t have to deal with feeding farm animals today! The neighbor’s children were sliding from the back porch into the snow and having a grand time.

Virginia Blizzard: Day 1

It is the first day of the predicted east coast blizzard.

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Early morning snow is piling up on the deck railing.

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First things first: filling jugs with water. We live in the country and will not have access to water from the faucet if (and when) the electicity goes out, which is highly likely. Even if you live in the city and can get water from the faucet, if the electricity goes off you should have extra water on hand in case the pipes freeze. We store our extra water on the basement steps.

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Second goal of the day: to chop veges in the food processor, while we still have electricity. Add home canned carrots and potatoes. It is simmering in the crock-pot and smells heavenly. If need be (and the electricity goes out), it can easily be moved to wood burning stove to finish cooking.

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Noon accumulation update: 13 inches.

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The birds are happy that hubby fed them yesterday when we could still get out the door. The big bird feeder is their favorite and even though it is old and looks pretty rough, I doubt that we will ever be able to get rid of it since they love it so much.

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Burning a huge log that we have saved for an occasion, like today.

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3:00 PM accumulation update: 19 inches. I am not sure what the weatherman says but this is what the yard stick on our back porch says! Our back door is piled high with snow and we can barely open it.
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Sharing my yummy recipe.
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Cabbage soup is ready!

Virginia Declared a State of Emergency

We are bracing ourselves for a “historic” blizzard. Previous predictions of eighteen inches of snow, have been officially updated to three feet. Time will tell.

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Hubby has brought in lots of wood for the wood burning stove. I have hand-picked “wood burning stove friendly” recipes and ready to cook on “old faithful” if and when the electricity goes out.

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Bread aisle at local grocery store (Slaughters).

Hubby says it is nice to be married to a quilter with lots of “hand stitched warmth” to cover up with.

I purchased more paint at Lowe’s and hope to get a lot accomplished on our current remodel job!

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Yesterday was gorgeous. I ran errands without wearing a coat. It is hard to imagine that today we are facing a “historic” blizzard!

According to WTOP in the DC area, we can expect major disruptions of travel to continue Sunday, Monday and possibly Tuesday (thanks Kimberly Futch for the info).

I wonder if this blizzard will be worse than the one we had on February 12-14, 2014? Highest accumulations in the US were in our little town of Pilot, Virginia totaling 28.5 inches. To read all about it and see photos, check out my February 2014 blog post.