So, here we are, half a week past the Vernal Equinox, and the forecast is calling for snow/rain.
March is supposed to go out like lamb, right? This seems to be the Killer Rabbit version of said lamb ... .
And tomorrow night is the first night of Passover, and we're invited to a Seder at my sister's. Which means we'll be traveling through the weather mess during Rush Hour, because Nice Colleague is out all next week (her young daughter's school is on spring break), so I can't really leave early.
I need to get my act together and go off to the grocery store, to get chicken to make stock, because I have been requested to do matzoh ball soup. I already picked up some fresh dill for it at the Farmers Market.
It's snowing, big huge snowflakes that are only supposed to get thicker. The local press have dubbed the storm Snowquester, which looks to me like the name of a teenaged superhero who has a rocket-powered snowboard or something.
Of course they are riffing off the subject of the government funding sequester, which is another thing that DO NOT WANT. When you're part of the "company town" that is Washington DC (with the federal government as the company), things like this are more personal than political.
Just a few flurries, but it was very seasonal for the Winter Solstice today.
We'll have a late Hanukkah celebration with my sister Amy's family and our stepmother tomorrow. There will be cheese (goat brie, lemon Stilton, mustardseed gouda, and cordobes) and crackers with fig jam and red grapes; latkes (shredded potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream; beef brisket made with beer; fresh spinach cooked with scallions and parsley; cucumber sunomono (made by smillaraaq); chocolate Hanukkah gelt (coins); and iced gingerbread cookies (made by The Young Lady) ... .( Cut for cookie picture )
OK, so the area has beaten its all-time winter total snow record. Now it can knock off, right?
Except that ... the current NWS forecast is calling for more snow on Monday!
No! Non! Nyet! Lo! Nuh uh! Basta!
I have already rescheduled the Young Lady's 2nd-opnion orthodontics appointment twice! Right now, it's scheduled for Tuesday! Arrrgghhhh!
This is beginning to remind me of The Dark Is Rising, in all the wrong ways.
(OK, realistically, we have power, we have food, we have all my medications, we have Intarwebs. I know, it could be worse. sigh.)
I disagree with the name - I don't think we're in a battle, really, because it's not a contest - Mother Nature has us all whipped without trying.
The Mr. has gone back out to shovel some more. I did a stint earlier - it was about halfway up my thighs ... .
Our house, with the walk and steps shoveled, as well as a little path to the semi-cleared street (where I was standing)
Looking down the side street, around the corner. Note the amount of snow clinging to the branches and power lines.
There are a few more pix here.
I mean, WTF? I'm used to having ants in the kitchen in the spring and in the fall. It's one of the prices you pay for living in a cool old house in a neighborhood where lots of the homeowners are passionate about not using gobs of pesticides in their yards.
But ants in February? While the snow is pelting down? Nuh-uh. What are these, special cold-resistant Boreal ants imported from Canada?
And while we're at it, WTF snow again??? And more in Friday night? The National Weather Service is not usually confidant enough to say 90% chance of snow this far ahead of time - but that's what they're saying!
The official record snowfall (since the 1880s) for a single storm in Washington, DC, is 12 inches on December 17, 1932. There's a decent chance that record may be broken here in the next 36 hours: the predictions call for anywhere from 16 to 24 inches. Ironically, my sister-in-law's area out in Garrett County (extreme western Maryland), which is usually very snowy (the state's only real ski resort, Wisp, is located there), is not slated to get any at all from this storm.
I had taken work off today (I had use-or-lose leave), so I hit the grocery stores. Seasonal activities are planned for tomorrow: I bought things for cooking and baking (the Young Lady mentioned making cookies, and I got yeast in case the Mr. wants to bake bread, and spaghetti sauce makings for one of us to use), and I plan to finish the holiday cards up. I still haven't done the family newsletter for the relatives. In a move reminiscent of the classic joke about the over-confident law school student who only removes the shrink-wrap from his textbook the night before the final, I have finally installed iWorks on my almost-year-old Mac so I can do said newsletter. I also installed my new Photoshop CS4.
I usually include little thumbnail photos in the newsletter. This year, that's a problem. I think no one took any decent ones of me (I take most of the photos myself), and the most enjoyable event to report was probably the college-visit road trip for the Young Lady and her best friend on spring break - and I declined to lug my big camera along on that. (And in NYC, when it was pouring rain, I was very glad I hadn't.) The Young Lady may have some pix on her Facebook that I can snag, though.