Google Photos reminded me in an email what last year at this time looked like at my place.
Last year at this time the apple tree out back had snow over halfway up its trunk and snow piled against the garages was on its way to the eaves!
This year with very few arctic storms coming down we have experienced warm Pacific storms bring rain, rain, rain! Yes, we've had some snow but warmer than usual temperatures have seen it melt off after each storm. Yesterday, it was 55-degrees! In February!
Check out the difference this Winter!
This view of the apple tree from my balcony is...no snow!
No snow here either!
Yesterday I lay on my chaise lounge on the balcony, no sweater, a cool libation in hand. It was sunny and warm. Wow! Who knew February in North Idaho could be like this?!
This view out my second floor window shows piles of snow that have been raised by snowplowing throughout this "colder, wetter" Winter predicted by the National Weather Service.
And, as of Friday morning - now extending through this weekend until 10:00 p.m. Monday night - people in northern Washington State and Idaho are advised to stay home as "travel will be hazardous to impossible".
Fortunately, it's a weekend and most people will have the luxury, and safety, of staying home.
Even so, I have seen intrepid, daring, and ill-advised people scraping snow off their vehicles, and from in front of their garages, and heading out skidding, sliding, and getting stuck in drives and avenues that snow plows are yet unable to reach.
From my second floor balcony I can see that this crab apple tree's trunk is half-buried in fallen snow.
And just as snow was melting off rooftops, yesterday's and today's ongoing snowfall has piled it back on with two and a half more days and nights to go.
I'm often amazed by what some folks consider necessary travel (Hint...recreational shopping is NOT necessary travel)!
What am I going to do?
I'm going to attend to my "creature" comforts! Sitting. Reading. Knitting. Cozying up to my fireplace. Sipping hot cocoa. Relaxing. Cocooning. Making something yummy to eat. Enjoying a few "snow days" at home.
Nothing says rest, repose, and relaxation quite like a sleeping cat or dog. They seem to put their whole being into whatever they're doing be it eating, playing, or sleeping. Perhaps we can learn something here about being totally in whatever moment we find ourselves in.
My cat Junie, finds repose in a variety of locales and positions. Look and learn!
Atop the afghan on the sofa
Warming his tummy in front of the fireplace
Warming some other parts
Or, crammed into a basket of knitted hearts
Oops! The click of the camera woke him up! No grogginess like you or I would have, just wide awake and in the moment.