This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let it snow!

 View from the front porch.  This is pretty far north for the live oaks in our yard, but they provide deep shade in the hot summers.  Every year these evergreen oaks drop a lot of leaves, but they always send out new leaves in the Spring.  The acorns are popular with squirrels and blue jays.

Birdbath closed for the present....
All of Arkansas is closed today!  The entire state has had a 'snow event.'  
      Here in the central part of the state, three inches is on the ground (and the streets,) but parts of the state received up to ten inches.  Salt and sand were spread at danger points (bridges, overpasses, ramps) and there are a few plows (blades added to big dump trucks) but mostly people here just wait for the snow to melt.  Everything from the Federal courts to the city government offices, all of the schools and colleges, the public libraries, and more than a few businesses and medical offices are closed.  

Already I'm hearing snow-slides coming down off the roof; if the sun comes out, the streets will clear.  If the wind dies down, everyone in town will rush out and build a snowman.  I'll get out my snow shovel (it moved from Ohio with us) and clear our front sidewalk and then treat a few of the neighbors to some snow removal, too.  If only we had children still at home, I would make snow ice cream.  (Flavor half-and-half or whipping cream with vanilla and fold into a bowl of fresh snow.  Proportions are arbitrary.  It's delicious!)

More snow is predicted for tonight, but projections are that it will blanket only the northern part of the state.  Tomorrow, it will be back to school (and work, and so forth.) 


  1. Things are pretty much shut down here too. We got a lot of snow overnight, and it's still coming down, although not heavily at the moment. Usually I run right out there and try to shovel away as much as I can, but today I feel too warm and cozy inside. Alas, I think it's going to be difficult to get around this entire week.

  2. I wonder why they call them live oaks. All the other oaks are live too.

  3. Ha! You have a point. I assume the term 'live' relates to the fact that these oaks are evergreens and retain their leaves (mostly) year-round. There is a huge live oak (known as The Big Tree) near Goose Island State Park in Texas....worth a pilgrimage. In Louisiana, the trunks and limbs of many live oaks are clad in Resurrection ferns (and Spanish moss, if you go far enough south.) St. Simon's Island, Georgia, has roads that twist and turn to get drivers around past some of the larger trees. I could work up quite an essay on 'live oaks I have known and loved,' I see.


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