Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow - Deep & Beautiful

The Keweenaw County Road Commission won't give us the official snow total again until Monday or Tuesday of this coming week, but our total was 118" - thru Thursday. Our house has seen at least a foot since then - most of which fell last night - but we're not the official record keepers. No matter how you slice it, it's deep out there! But. . . it's also beautiful! Here's the view from the loft yesterday.

Now that our days are growing longer, I can enjoy this next view during dinner (the beginning of dinner anyway).

Again, do you understand why I didn't want the interior of our home to follow the current trend of white walls and white slipcovered furniture? 

Here's the 24-hour difference. First, Cocoa's old doghouse (which we must dismantle in 2017!) in a protected corner in back of the garage yesterday and today:

A huge tree stump at the edge of the woods yesterday and today:

The tree near the dining room window yesterday and today:

Lastly, the view from one of our bedroom windows comparing Jan. 3rd to today:

That's what approximately 130" of snow looks like - a picture postcard (as Mr. Cut Off always says).

All is well in the Keweenaw.

8 comments:

  1. Julie, thanks for the beautiful pics!! We're so glad you don't follow the current trend (fad) of white walls, cabinets and white slip covers. Wood is beautiful & we love it in our mountain home. That's a lot of snow. Have you ever made "Snow Ice Cream"? I'll send you the recipe, if you like. It's 9 degrees here with almost a foot of snow, but everything, including the roads is frozen. Take care, be safe, & God bless you both, Bev

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    1. Yes, please send the Snow Ice Cream recipe! Would love to try it sometime. I must applaud our road workers. We get lots of snow, and they're experts at handling it. I'll be posting some photos this week of the road conditions we encountered on our way to church this morning.

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    2. SNOW ICE CREAM Scrape off the top layer of snow, & use the clean snow in the midde, not the dirty snow close to the bottom. Fill your largest bowl with the snow. In another bowl, combine 1 large can Pet evaporated milk with 1 can sweetened, condensed milk & 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir well. Than, carefully pour liquid mixture over the snow, carefully folding the snow into the liquid. You don't want to crush the snow. Stir gently until it looks like homemade ice cream. Julie, you can add more snow, or Pet milk to get it to the taste and consistency that you like. Just don't put any raw eggs in it. Salmonella! Yikes! Let me know if you like it. Blessings, Bev

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    3. Thanks for the recipe, Bev. Sounds great! Unfortunately, we keep the sweets out of our house from the first of January thru the end of April, so we'll have to wait to try next winter! I had to laugh when I read "not the dirty snow close to the bottom." It's so deep out there right now that we couldn't find the bottom if we tried! Over 150" and snowing again now! Oh, and there's no danger of me putting raw eggs in the ice cream - I'm allergic to them! If/when I make this, I'll blog about it for you. Thanks again!

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  2. Here below the bridge we "trolls" can't seem to hold on to our snow. We'll get a decent snow fall and cold snap and then it warms up and melts. Been frustrating for the snowmobiling and ice fishing. We live by a little lake and it is packed with people ice fishing today but another warm up is expected later this week so we'll lose the ice again. Michigan winters down here at least have become so unpredictable. I agree with your decision on staying away from the white on white trend. Would be too much especially in the winter. The natural wood makes an awesome frame for your beautiful view.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. After spending so much of our lives in the Saginaw area, we definitely understand the "troll" winters. I didn't look forward to them. Maybe the best thing about our Keweenaw winters is that they're white - not brown! Most of the snow never has a chance to get dirty, as it's common to get a fresh coating daily during the winter months. OK, maybe things get a bit dirty looking when the snow starts melting (usually in April), but it doesn't last long at that point. Salt is only used in the more populated areas and/or on steep hills, so our vehicles stay a lot cleaner, too. We used to go through windshield cleaner in our vehicles like it was going out of style. Not so up here - maybe top it off once a year! Plus, there's just something so cozy and comforting about being in a warm house surrounded by all this snow. We love it! Yes, it had to be wood in this house!

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  3. Hi. Beautiful photos. I live on the shore of Lake Huron. We don't get anywhere near the amount of snow that you do. Instead, we get day, after day, after day of damp gray :(. And gray is one of my least favourite colours! That is why, like you, I have not done the "white" thing when it comes to interior decorating. Last year I painted my kitchen cupboards an antique red and hand-painted back-splash tiles with red, blue, green and yellow.

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    1. Sounds like you have a very cheerful kitchen! You may have to put up with a lot of gray all winter, but I'm sure your summer days are beautiful along Lake Huron! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed the bit of time I spent on your blog tonight.

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