We thought it would be fun to do a little compare/contrast about some of the differences we've observed between our life here (such as it is) and life back in California. Mostly for our own benefit to look back on someday, but we thought you might find it amusing too.
Well for starters, and this is pretty obvious, it was 11 degrees this morning. By noon it had warmed up to a balmy 24. Surprisingly, it's not bad with a little sun and no wind; it's surprising how quickly your perspective changes. I remember though how quickly our winter visitors would adjust to the climate in Petaluma, and complain about it being 'cold' only a day or two after stepping off the plane from single-digit temperatures.
Tonight we're expecting snow, up to 10" by tomorrow afternoon. Dan is hoping school will be canceled, and I'll get to use the giant tractor again to plow the driveway. I'll try to get pictures, it's very impressive.
You can also see in the picture above what we'll be using to clear off the car after the storm. Of course I remember getting by in high school with a little handheld scraper (and Brandie always just used her driver's license), but this was on sale at Sam's Club and is nice for clearing snow off the hood and roof. I think the police would have pulled me over if they saw this in the back of my car in Petaluma.
Today we went for a walk in the woods and field behind the house, and managed to avoid getting shot at by any hunters. It was beautiful, a great day for a walk outside. It was cold enough that the snow on the ground was still in very large flakes, but sunny enough that it all sparkled brilliantly. We really enjoyed getting out, although by law we should have been wearing orange for safety. We'll have to buy some to wear for our next hike, as muzzleloading season doesn't end until the 19th. Eula should have a bandana too.