It's been snowing for a little over 48hours now. It's dropped a lot of snow. I'd give you a number but I've lost track. Around 5am today they were saying 18inches had dropped. I'm fairly certain it's falling about an inch an hour still. I have never seen it snow like this. The plow just came by and it was like watching waves of snow rolling over and blocking every one's driveways with a good 3feet of plowed snow. Yes! One time they plowed and a second plow came through afterwards just clearing all the driveway ends. It's only been the one time though.
Anyhoo. Here are a few pictures to help you visualize what's going on out here (now, I am aware that this may be no big deal to many of you, but I am really surprised at all the snow coming down at once so you'll have to bear with me).
Okay, this is a picture from Saturday of a hole (or "castle" as Zeke calls it) that Josh made for Zeke while they were out playing in the snow:
Josh went out and shovelled the back deck last night around 6pm. Here's what it looks like 18hours later:
Yeah. That's about 18inches of accumulation. See? An inch an hour.
But it's not all gloomy. It really is beautiful snow. I took this picture yesterday as I was eating lunch next to Zeke. I looked up at the trees in the backyard and was awed at how cool they looked from that angle with the snow on them. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but it should give you a glimpse:
And I will say this for Alaska snow as well: I don't know if it's the air quality here (is that even a thing? air quality?) or what, but boy does this snow sparkle. At night, while it's falling, it looks like God is just throwing down handfuls of glitter. And it glistens still on the ground. It's so cool.
Of course, I haven't finished my Christmas shopping yet (only because someone asked for something that didn't come out in stores until yesterday, and two things I ordered online a week or so ago have mysteriously NOT shown up yet, even though everything else I ordered that same day has been here since Friday, at least), and so I haven't mailed out any of my Christmas packages yet. So, to our family back in New Jersey (and Delaware), you might be getting your Christmas gifts a wee bit late this year.
To everyone else, I promise I do have other posts bouncing around in my head that have nothing to do with the weather and the snow. I'll try getting to them over the next couple of days or so.