December 17, 2020. Fourteen inches as home-measured on our deck (9 last night + 5 this morning). We haven't had snow like this for several years. Certainly this was the most of the season so far! -- there have been only a couple of quick dustings since fall began. I started blazing away before I'd gotten dressed.
The twin-topped spruce of our neighbor behind was a thing of beauty. And the light! As the sun reaches up over Nittany Mountain [behind us, to the south] the light sweeps towards us like something out of Lion King. I did a zoom on this shot and was very happy with it.
This shot shows how our rear neighbor, in the green house, dug out a Y-shaped space 'for the convenience of' their two dogs. For some reason the most popular breed around here is the Lhasa Apso.
Speaking of digging, by now I had my clothes on and we plunged into the task. It must have been after breakfast but I honestly don't remember.
The whole rest of this post is a series of 'before and after' pictures. Somewhere deep in the files I have a shot of our earlier neighbor's car (in this same location) completely buried. That would tell me when we last had snow anything like this....
Oh. I found it. 2014.
Here's the contemporary version, six years later. The earlier neighbor is gone, having moved to Florida, how about that.
Now: Magic! Whirling corn shovels! Flying powder! Fresh air, exercise, camaraderie and speaking more with my neighbors than I have in ever so long...
Thank you, sweetie.
Bonus story: Did you know that piled-up snow and ice around her feet will cause the Toyota Hybrid RAV4’s Low Tire Pressure icon to light up? I thought it was just the cold. I was sort of right: The snow interrupts the radio waves [between her brain and her tires]. I checked all her feet with the tire gauge: Nothing was unusual. I couldn't reach the spare (in truth, I didn't bother to turn it over [and get to the stem] once I dug down to it). Only by digging deep in the manual did I discover the incriminating words, "accumulated snow and ice," and then, with even more digging, find the way of resetting the icon. Oh these sensitive cars.