I recently read “Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running The Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another.” This is relevant because, as a former Texan, I didn’t know what a mud season is. Turns out that, further north than here, the ground freezes to a certain depth and does not thaw before the melting winter’s snow. Until the ground thaws enough for the run-off to sink in, there is mud.
While I haven’t been in southern Virginia long, I don’t think that that happens here. I can’t convince Mother of that though. And, despite the fact that she thinks that winters here should be comparable to Vermont, she has been anxiously awaiting snow. It did not snow at all in December. In fact, it was warm on Christmas. Thankfully, at last, we have gotten snow. Quite a bit, in fact.
We got somewhere around 8 inches, possibly more, depending on who you listen to.
She is pleased. It started Friday night and ended Saturday around noon.
I’m not sure of the classification of our road (secondary, residential …) but we do get our roads plowed. We didn’t expect to see the plow until Monday but were surprised to see the plow come by on Saturday evening.
It is now Sunday and the snow has stopped and the skies are clear. The Blue Ridge Mountains are visible in the distance and look to have a decent amount of snow on them.
We are staying in. Everyone prefers the indoors in this weather. Even the chickens are staying in their coop.
Wild birds, and we have a lot, are another story.
It is amazing the quantity of sunflower seeds they can put away just normally. When it snows, they go into overdrive.
Cardinals are the state bird in Virginia and there is no shortage of them. I’ve counted over a dozen at the feeder at one time.
We also have frequent visits by tufted titmice, all kinds of finches, and towhees, just to name a few. There are blue jays practically the size of crows and, amazingly, even a few pileated woodpeckers come up to the feeder.
It is good weather for watching birds. And catching a nap.
It will begin to melt on Tuesday. A lot seems to have evaporated already. It may all be gone by Wednesday.