December Already?

December Already?

It is December already?  My goodness where does the time go.

Four people joined us for the 1st Monday Event today.  We took photos of Elizabethe’s Christmas Village.

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Elizabethe’s Christmas Village

I put my camera on the tripod and although I sat most of the time they were taking pictures, I did manage to do a couple of photos with my camera.

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Christmas Village

Perhaps I’ll turn some of these in to paintings.  We’ll see.

By the way, you can see Elizabethe’s Christmas Village on Saturday, December 6th, as our home is featured in the Christmas Home Tour sponsored by Historic Palmyra.

So, the First Monday Event was a success.  I think they had a lot of fun photographing these tiny houses Elizabethe has painted and arranged.  It will be fun to see what each person does with their photographs.

Again, it is hard to believe it is December already.  Time goes much too quickly any more.  Before you know it, I’ll be 80 and this blog will have been going on for over 20 years.

Remember as a kid when you’d start school in September and Christmas would seem like an eternity away?  Let’s not even think about how far away June and summer vacation was.  It was just too far away to comprehend.

In the mean time, I’ll keep plugging along.  Tomorrow it will be April 15th, time to do taxes again, then the next day it’s Christmas again, and then New Years.  Yeah, it seems like just a few days.

Storm Coming Our Way

They say a huge storm is coming our way.  Now, if you have been following my weather posts (you can see past years under Season Watch), you’ll know that snow usually hits around December 1st.  With about a week to go, this is sounding more like a January storm.

We got out of the temple tonight and everything was covered with white.  It looked beautiful.  Here’s a pic shot with my Windows Phone…

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Palmyra Temple and Snow

Looks like we might have a White Thanksgiving.

That’s a LOT of SNOW

Taking a Break from Shoveling Snow
Taking a Break from Shoveling Snow

This morning I woke to more snow than I’ve seen since we bought the house in Palmyra. So, I did some research. I found the most snow Palmyra has received on a December 27th was 15″. (I couldn’t find what year that was.) The median snowfall on a 12/27 is 0.5″. The mean snowfall for any day in any December is also 0.5″. The average snowfall for the month of December is 12″. Putting all that together, we get about 12″ spread over the entire month of December, mostly light 1/2″ dusting. That has been our experience until today.

Today I took the tape measure out and found some places where it wasn’t drifted, and wasn’t wind-blown. (I also poked around to find an average.) We got 12.5″. Now, keep in mind that NOAA uses melted snow to determine actual snowfall. This was a very dry powder without much water content. So, NOAA will probably report less when they post the data.

Our renter helped me clear the back driveway, and I started on the front when it started to snow again. We didn’t get much more snow, but it was enough that I decided to go in out of the cold. Finally, I went out right before sunset and cleared a path to the street. All that snowplow blow-back was HEAVY. I got about 12’x3′ done and I had to go in. It was just too heavy to do much more.

I just hope we don’t get dumped on during the night. Our regular snowplow guy has retired, and we left messages for the others.

Although today was not a record, it, combined with the snow a few days ago, might put us well over the average for a December.

By the way, the largest amount of snow fall for Palmyra typically takes place at the end of February, start of March.