According to the weather report, some areas of the state experienced snow falls in the 10-20 inch range, but our area only received in the neighborhood of 3-7 inches. Since we have had a very mild winter with little precipitation, any amount of moisture is a welcomed sign, for those of us afraid of wild fires and for the vegetation that lurks below ground. It's still early yet for this climate to plant anything delicate outside, but in just a few weeks this planter on our front stoop should be brimming with flowers of some sort.
After Neal returned from our store, he did the good neighbor thing and shoveled and snowplowed our drive and sidewalk, as well as those of several of our neighbors. It's sure nice to have neighbors with snow blowers who are willing to let us use them in exchange for clearing their walks and drives.
Captain and George were itching to get outside with Neal and play in the snow, so as soon as he finished his chores, they played. Our neighbor, Eileen, invited the boys to her backyard to tromp around, which was a treat because she had some large snowdrift areas in her yard. Neal threw snowballs at them and they ran to catch them and eat them, while Eileen and I laughed at their goofiness.
Neal thought he was going to build a snowman in our backyard, but Captain had other ideas. He wanted to stand on top of the snow mound and root around in the snow with his nose, so Neal gave up his idea and just let the boys play. As you can see from the picture, George was very vocal about his wishes!
The blizzard has passed for now, and the sun is shining brightly, but the forecast calls for some more nasty stuff possibly next week. My friends back in the South are amazed that we are getting snow this time of year, but it's really quite common for us to get a stray snow shower into May, sometimes June. Aside from the fact that I'd really like to get out and plant my gardens, I enjoy the snow with its refreshing unpredictability. Kind of like some people I know.