Friday, January 8, 2010
This is What Happens When It Snows in Alabama
There's something magical about snow falling - especially when you live in a state that rarely sees it. So the weather was calling for snow - and the state went berserk! That's what happens when you live in Alabama and the weather says "SNOW"! The prediction went from 7" to 1-2" to less than 1/2"...and it ended up, the ground wasn't even covered. However, it caused problems with the roads - icy patches - so, schools closed early yesterday and remained closed today. You see, we don't have all the high-tech snow equipment in Alabama to take care of that...so, things shut down temporarily. IT IS FREEZING! Literally. And...I LOVE it! The Short One has seen one snow in his life, when he was 2, almost 3...and it was a pretty one - about 1". I would LOVE for him to see a better snow - but we may have to go somewhere else to see it. When it snows here it means no travel, closed roads, downed power lines...the works. But - while it was snowing yesterday, it was like a Winter Wonderland. You see children bundled up outside trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues, spinning around with their arms out and doing their best to scoop up enough for a snowball, because...it's a rarity. I am loving sitting inside our warm home, in front of the fire with a cup of coffee. I'm also praying for all of those who do not have the luxury, that they will find warmth and shelter.
Now...onto the above picture...can you BELIEVE that these ducks are frozen?!?! As I said, we don't have much experience with snow and cold weather, so when my dad saw these ducks, he asked me to drive by and see what I thought. He told me they had NOT moved in three days...and he thought they were frozen...hmmm....so, I drove by with my camera, and sure enough, those things didn't budge. I pulled the car up RIGHT next to the little pond, The Short One screaming all the while, "Don't get too close, mom, the ice will crack and we'll sink!"...lol. Then he proceeded to ask me all kinds of questions like...will the ducks fly away when they thaw out? Ummm... My husband seems to think they're still alive. He said their feet are probably still churning under the water and they'll be just fine. I think not. They're FROZEN. Not moving. Seriously...HOW did that happen?? Overnight as they were sleeping?? Wow. Cold weather in Alabama throws EVERYTHING off track...even the animals...