Sunday, January 4, 2009

Winter in North Idaho

I hope you're not getting tired of snow pictures yet, because I have the feeling we have several more weeks of this... (No, I didn't say months. I'm thinking positively here!)

I like taking pictures of it because it is truly beautiful. All of the pictures in this post were taken in our yard or from our deck.

It is lovely to look at, but a major inconvenience when we need to go somewhere. The city streets are as rough as backwoods logging roads, and the piles of snow along the edges of the streets make them treacherously narrow.
I have lost track of how many "storms" we've had so far, but "they" say we are at 93 inches and counting, for the winter. I think that has broken all records. It is also a record for a calendar year... the amount of snow we got in January, February, and December of 2008 is the most ever in one year for our area. "They" say we should see a return to more "normal" weather by January 10th... but I'm not sure who "they" are and how "they" know!
Each time it snows the driveways and walkways have to be shoveled. Lyle is also very involved in the snow removal for the print shop parking lots, so he's been getting lots of fresh air and exercise lately! We've seen several crews up on roofs around town the last few days, as the accumulation threatens to be to heavy for the structure.
Get this! Wal*Mart even closed down on Thursday night to have the snow removed from the roof. They didn't know when they would re-open. As of last night, they were still closed! A snow plow had shoved piles of snow across every entrance to the parking lot, so we couldn't even drive through the parking lot. Isn't that wild?
Our little dog plows her own path through the snow in the backyard to "take care of business". She seems to enjoy romping through the white stuff, but is always happy to come back in the warm house after a few minutes.

Some days the sun shines. On those days it is usually bitterly cold, and the snow sparkles in the brilliant light. Then the clouds move back in and we have a lovely sunset!

17 comments:

Kristi said...

93 inches??? We would be over the top thrilled with 3 inches. Thanks for sharing your winter beauty with us.

TattingChic said...

Those are lovely snow photos. I love the one of the dog plowing through the backyard of snow!

Named Alicia said...

Nope, not tired of all the snow pictures! I think they are absolutely beautiful! But then again, we live in the South where you hardly ever see snow. So of course, I think it's beautiful. I don't have to deal with it!

Thanks for *sharing* some of your snow with us!

pse said...

I love the pictures. I'm thankful you don't have to get out in it any more than you do.

The Going Blog said...

Walmart closed? Call the President. We can't have that! :-) Beautiful snow pictures.

Toots said...

You can just keep posting those gorgeous pictures of snow! My heart literally speeds up with excitement as I feast my eyes!
So beautiful.
But I do hope there isn't roof damage... I do have a little realistic mindset in all of this.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Karla,
The snow is beautiful, is it not? One does get tired of it sometimes however; especially those who have to shovel it!
We got plenty ourselves last week. The Island is still digging out from receiving about 50 cm of the white stuff. I don't know what that is in inches, but it's a lot.
I wanted you to know that I have an award waiting for you on my blog if you'd like to come and pick it up.
Have a nice evening.

Blessings,
Sandi

Emily said...

I love the snow photos and I am not sick of looking at it! We get the "lake effect" here from the Great Salt Lake and so we have goten piled upon here as well. It's the first time since I have lived here that we've had so much snow! Happy New Year!

Kimberly said...

The pics ARE beautiful. (It's in the 70's here...)

Happyhome said...

I'm an Idaho girl living in Texas and enjoyed your snow pics. Thanks for sharing!

Aliene said...

I love the snow pictures. What do you do inside all the time? Oh, I know~ you blog! Keep in touch and let me know you pass by. Love ya!

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Ramona said...

I love your snow pics. I wish we had just a little of it, but winter's not over yet. Maybe some will move further South. Does it ever get too cold to snow?

Patricia said...

Karla, your pictures are so lovely! I've never been farther north in Idaho than Boise (and that was in the spring). We lived in Layton, Utah for 21 months while my dh finished his career in the USAF. Out of those months...12 of them had snow, at least within view of our home (on the lower benches of the Wasatch Mountains). The commute to Salt Lake City for my job was a bit exciting at times, especially when a semi would pass and splash wet snow completely across my windshield. Yikes!

Now that we're back in his home state of West Virginia, the weather tends to be more temperate...although schools are closed today (January 8) because of a couple inches of snow. Here in the western hills of WV, roads are tiny and can be treacherous in bad weather. Since a lot of roads the school buses travel are steep and/or gravel...schools close for a bit of ice or snow. (Not that we're wimps out here...we just don't have great roads!)

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your home (and snow)!

LaRona said...

I love seeing all of your beautiful snow pictures!

Kathi said...

What pretty snow pictures. We get six inches if we are hopeful. Have a great weekend. Kathi

Farrah said...

Familiar scenes . . . :-)