New Year’s Eve, 2009

It’s a few more hours until the end of another year and also the end of the first decade of the 21st century.  I guess I should take the time to say something about the last 10 years.

So here is is.  Something!

Have a happy and prosperous 2010.

Snow Daze

We get maybe one “real” snow storm here (38.8905, -77.2702) per year and it usually happens in January.  And it is typically the result of a Nor’easter rather than storms coming from the West.  This year the Nor’easter came early!
snow09121901 The first substantial snowfall of this fall/winter season started around 9:00 PM last night and is still going strong.  There was about eight inches of snow when this picture was taken today at 9:57 AM.  The snow is expected to continue falling throughout the day with a total accumulation of 20 or more inches predicted.
snow09121903 This picture was taken today at 3:14 PM.  At that time, there was about 18 inches of snow on the ground.  And the snow was still falling at a pretty good clip.  The snow finally stopped falling around 11:30 PM.  At that time, there was about two feet (24 inches) on the ground in the immediate area. 
snow09121906 I took this picture during one of my numerous shoveling attempts to keep the driveway and front walk passable.  I finally gave up after a while and decided to wait until it stopped snowing.
snow09121905Gunston is exploring a path I dug to get  from  back yard to the front of the house.  He’s probably deciding where to make “yellow snow.”
snow09121907The big pile of snow is from a path I cleared on the deck so the dogs could get in and out of their doggie door.