We go to the same farm every year. The people are friendly, the selection is great and the price can't be beat (and it includes shaking and wrapping your tree). After you pick out your saw, they give you a map of the farm with the phone number on top. Once you've picked out your tree, you can call them from the field and they will come with a wagon to pick you and your tree up.
No matter where you looked, the view was like a Christmas card. The trees were perfectly frosted with snow.
It didn't take long to find our perfect tree (our son is now the designated tree cutter). It's a lovely blue spruce that is far too tall for our living room, but, as suggested by the staff at the farm, we'll be cutting away the bottom portion to shorten it up to 7 feet.
Yep, those are really my feet with my baggy jeans tucked into the top of my boots.
Once we got the tree tied to the car, the temperature had started to drop and the wind had picked up. The forecasters had been predicting a winter storm, but I assumed they were wrong (they usually are).
By the time we got home, it was bone chillingly cold. The wind was blowing so hard that I could barely push the car door open. The gently falling snow had become a driving blizzard that burned when it hit your face. The news was reporting hazardous driving conditions and airport delays.
I started checking news websites for school closings. At 5:00, there were none. By 8:00, there were about 50. I made a final check around midnight and the number had jumped to 83, but our local schools were not on the list.
At 4:30 this morning, Mr. Willoughby turned on the news and saw that our schools had decided to stay closed for the day. I checked online and found this:
|Click on picture for a closer look.|
Do you see what it says in the circle on the left? 541 schools closed! Note the temperature at the top of the page, too. It was 10º with a windchill of negative 11º.
When the sun came up, it was breathtaking in more ways than one. The snow, lit by the sun, was breathtakingly beautiful, but the temperature would literally take your breath away. I couldn't tolerate the cold for more than a few minutes when I stepped out to snap a few pictures.
|Looking down the street.|
|The neighbor's trees.|
|The weight of the snow bending a 7 foot tall arborvitae down|
to the ground.
|The wind even blew the door on|
the gas grill open. We probably won't be grilling
or eating outside tonight.
How's the weather where you are? Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas, yet?