Storm, wherefore art thou?

Hush, as thy world pauses, waiting...

Storm, wherefore art thou?

Are thee coming?

Gathering steam as thee rises from the south, barreling down on our Upper Peninsula woods and Lake Superior shores?

Storm, wherefore art thou?

Ms. Radar Loop says thee cometh.

Mr. National Weather Service predicts thy fury.

Almost all the schools in Upper Michigan lie closed, awaiting thy wrath.

But, storm, nary a flake hath flown.

Although thy icicles continue to drip.

We pauseth.

We waiteth.

Shall thee dump thy 8-12 inches upon us?  No, we seeth thy snowy fury hath been downgraded to 5-8 inches.

When shall thee arrive?

We continue to awaitith. Shall February depart roaring like a lion, or bleating like a lamb?

Hark!  Do we glimpse thy coming?  A sentinel flake arriving?  Shall we stoke the fire and burrow within our four safe walls and witness thy windy howling gusts and snowfall?

Storm, wherefore art thou?

Breathless. Waiting.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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60 Responses to Storm, wherefore art thou?

  1. Reggie says:

    Brrr, dear Kathy, snuggle up warmly in front of the fire when the storm hits… May you be safe and warm!

  2. Kathy – It’s clear from your photographs why here in Crystal Lake, Illinois we’re enjoying an exceptionally mild winter (almost balmy). It’s because YOU GUYS got all the snow!

    I’m glad you’ve got all that firewood. Stay warm!

    • Kathy says:

      Seriously, Laurie, we’ve had an exceptionally mild winter here, too. I swear it! Contrary to how these photos look. We’ve actually had snow, but it’s been so mild that our bay hasn’t froze. Guess it’s all in perspective…

  3. Elisa's Spot says:

    We have crunchy crackling sleet and freezing rain and some flakes defiantly insisting upon being flakes and not diminished into schmootz. Yesterday’s egg thoughts continue…this morning past the scrambling into smashing and fragile and violently crushed skeletons….happy storm space moments

    • Kathy says:

      Eggs are fragile souls and perhaps must be treated very gently and tenderly. Except on all-Hallowed eve, in which they may be thrown in an appropriate manner. Let’s poach our eggs very slightly and honor the life which feeds us.

  4. We’re getting it on the sunrise-side of northeastern MI!

    • Kathy says:

      Hey, Patti, we’re getting it here now! How much snow do you have now? Can you see very far outside your window? Do you have to drive anywhere?

      • Kathy-we got at least 8 inches of wet, heavy snow. The woods were delicious early in the morning–I took my dogs out for a showshoe romp and we all came home soaked! Huge dense flakes before noon, eased up later. Took two attempts to get the drive cleared and no, we didn’t have to go anywhere! Love the snow, though and am sorry to see the temps rise.e

  5. Susan D says:

    Methought they were protesting too much, but now I can barely see the school from my window! Wise foresight in cancelling school today … hunker down, woodland friend.

    Beautiful photos!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, want to hear something funny? I looked on TV6 this morning and couldn’t find the usual school cancellation bar. (Still don’t know if it was missing or if I was temporarily missing.) So decided to go out to school early and work for a couple of hours before the snow hit. Made coffee for everyone and turned all the lights on. Finally, about ten to eight it dawned on me: WHERE IS EVERYONE? Looked on TV 6 website again, and there were all the school closings. Called Lori and we had a good laugh. It was nice & quiet & cozy at the school. Then went taking pics. Have a good cozy day yourself!

  6. Heather says:

    It’s been hitting here for awhile, but it doesn’t seem special in any way. I just hope we don’t get the ice they were calling for. I have plans to be out and about later! Stay safe and warm up there 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      I am crossing my fingers that you don’t get that ice, too, Heather. It’s kinda snowing like crazy now here. Snuggling up, thinking about you downstate. Stay safe!

  7. Carol says:

    Looking out my window, our February is departing as a lion, in a blaze of glory. Perhaps not a blaze, perhaps not so much glory, but certainly in a haze of snow with some wind thrown in. I shoveled steps once today, looks like I might be doing it again.

    • Kathy says:

      Yep, sounds like we have similar weather, Carol. I actually haven’t shoveled the back deck all winter, which is unheard of. Actually am pondering doing it, or some of it, today. Good exercise and all. You’re inspirational!

  8. Stay warm! 🙂 In your area, do the grocery stores get swamped right before the storm as everybody rushes in to get essential supplies? (bread, milk, DVDs, etc.) They do here.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Eagle-Eyed Editor. That is such a good question. I don’t think most people rush to the store around here. We’re probably a bit more used to storms like this. Unless we’re out of DVD’s. People probably flocked to the DVD store all day yesterday, in anticipation of a possible snow day. We even pondered going in this morning…but the DVD store doesn’t open until noon.

  9. We’re still waiting here, as well, I’m afraid, but given the winter so far, I fear we may be waiting till next year! Alas! A lack (of snow, that is).
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Kathy says:

      Sorry you haven’t received your Annual Requirement for Snow, Kathy. Gosh darn. Well, there’s still March! Stranger things have been known to happen in March…

  10. We got absolutely nothing…. squat….. nada….. zero……bupkis. Just rain (the non-freezing kind). We were prepared by ALL the local news stations to brace for the worst – and then, nothing! What is it like up there now?? Did anything ever happen?

  11. susan says:

    Hi Kathy!
    It’s 60 here and just got back from a two-hour walk with my dogs. This is certainly NOT normal but gosh I love this. I am so not Suzie Snowflake. I know you know how to hunker down for the storms up there – happy hunkering! This is the part where my hubs cannot convince me we should live in ER (Wisc) full time 🙂
    Hugs
    SuZen

    • Kathy says:

      Not Miss Suzie Snowflake! **grin** That’s OK. 60 degrees and a two hour walk in that lovely spring weather sounds–lovely. It is pretty here. But a little ch-ch-chilly!

  12. rehill56 says:

    YEP! Its definitely coming down now. Have the water pots filled. Had a sauna last night so who cares if I stay in my fleece robe and fuzzy slippers and do taxes online? Its so pretty outside my window!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, a sauna sounds wonderful, Ruth! I haven’t had a sauna in ages. It is so pretty outside. Almost looks like it’s letting up, doesn’t it? Enjoy your day!

  13. Brenda Hardie says:

    Well, we did not get 1 single snowflake..(oops…almost forgot the handful of snowflakes that came down in a little blast yesterday mid-day) but ever since then it rained and rained and rained and rained. Last night it felt like the house was an island with standing water all around! This morning I expected to see all that water frozen. But noooooooo (thank goodness!!!) it was a mildly warm morning at 32 degrees. The weather forecast still said we were in for 1-4 inches of heavy wet snow today as the storm circled around but even that has come to naught. Alex (my 11 year old) was soooooo grumpy this morning that he had to go to school! He felt it very unfair that the weather guys got all the kids looking forward to a snow day and then …nothing! lol I do know the storm was big and hit some places with a fury…by my sister they got 2-4 inches of very slippery slush (on top of a nice layer of ice) and up near where my oldest son lives and works they got 5-6 inches of the same mixture (slush on top of ice) and further north the snowy, slushy mix increased. I think the biggest amount was 12-15 inches…have to watch the news tonight to get the latest totals. And I saw that this same storm caused severe thunderstorms and some tornadoes down by Rick in Southern Missouri. Whew…and now you’re getting hit…stay safe at home my friend….stoke up that wonderful fire and snuggle in and enjoy this extra day of February 🙂 I’m hoping once everyone can move about outside you get more pictures so we can see how beautiful your woods look blanketed in fresh white snow 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Hey there Ms. Minnesota Brenda! Wow, you are an Island. I am glad it didn’t freeze around you. I can understand your son’s grumpiness. All our kids would have been grumpy today, too, if school wasn’t cancelled. They were so looking forward to it. We had wild & crazy snow for maybe four hours. Nothing much now. Barry’s going out to plow soon, so he’ll have a Report. Maybe 6 inches? I took lots of pics, but I also wrote a blog about what my heart wanted to say so we’ll see who wins. Snow pics or heart? You guess. 🙂

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Oh I say always go with your heart! And who knows…perhaps the heart will allow for a snow picture or two to be included 🙂
        I hope the kids up there had enough fun to make up for the kids who didn’t get a snow day…and just to clear things up…Alex came home in a great mood so the day turned out fine regardless of the weather!

  14. It’s so warm here, it doesn’t even seem that snow is possible anywhere else! I hope it does snow… JUST so I can see more snow pictures 🙂

  15. john says:

    60 some degrees with all the windows open down here. My imagination ran wild with the phrase “A sentinel flake arriving?”

    • Kathy says:

      John, I was sittin’ here, kinda bored, and when your comment came in I laughed til I cried. Please pass a kleenex. You are so funny! Get on up here and enjoy da snow!

  16. Colleen says:

    Kathy, your black and white photos (so striking) make it easier to imagine the view from your window right now, assuming it’s still snowing-and-storming-up a blizzard. We’re having a winter storm watch here but it involves 60+ temperatures and rain. And pink snow from all of the blossoms flying off the trees. Stay warm 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      It stormed for maybe four to five hours yesterday, then gently ceased. Smiling thinking about a “winter storm warning” when it’s 60+ degrees. Can that happen? Ahhh, but pink blossoms flying off trees… Magical!

  17. Dana says:

    HARK!! I loved the way this post was written, Kathy! What a clever way to write about the impending storm. 🙂 I hope it didn’t hit you too hard… we’ve just been dealing with showers today.

    • Kathy says:

      Hark, I seeth (see-eth?) thee again! Dana, I was never so shocked in my ENTIRE LIFE when I sat down at this computer and these archaic words beganneth to appear! Seriously, I never onceth thought about it. Where doth creativity come from? It’s amazing!

  18. P.j. grath says:

    We got a load of wet, heavy snow dumped on us this morning, and ALL schools were closed for SEVERAL COUNTIES AROUND, but–no freezing rain, no terrible driving, and by afternoon the snow on Northport streets and sidewalks was turning to slush. People in areas that had tornadoes today were not so lucky.

    Love that old fence in the snow….

    • Kathy says:

      It seemed a little excessive, all the warnings, Pamela, didn’t it? However, down in the southern U.P. they declared a winter snow emergency, so it must have been challenging. About six inches here. A blizzard for a while, but it died down so quickly. Our power flickered off only once. Yes, thinking of those southern tornadoes and wishing the people well. (The old fence is just outside our little school.)

  19. Sybil says:

    Yon storm cometh still. Just you waiteth. Iths coming …

    or not-eth.

    • Kathy says:

      Mornin’, Sybil! Gosh, you talk funny! 🙂 I laughed when I read your last “eth”. I thought it said “eh” and I thoughteth: yep, she’s a Canadian!

  20. So much snow, I am so jealous

  21. forestfae says:

    Hi Kathy, as you asked before, a bit more about the (general) area where I live.

    http://forestfae.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/kits-coty/

    • forestfae says:

      P.s all our lovely snow is gone now, it will be spring in a few weeks and some of the wildflowers are allready blooming in the forest around my house. Will take some pictures to share on my blog.

      • Kathy says:

        I’ll check out your blog, forestfae. Hard to imagine that spring is coming to some parts of the world! We usually don’t get spring here until May, although every once in a while it briefly hits 90 degrees (32.2 Celsius) in April before snowing again…

        • forestfae says:

          Even 3 weeks ago there allready was some snowdrops and other wildflowers starting to bloom over here in the south east of Engeland.
          We live near the channel, so very close to Europe really, much more so than the rest of England, that is why it is warmer here in general too. On a clear day one can see right over the sea to Calais in France 🙂

  22. lucindalines says:

    Loved those pictures. We had our storm, and it is melting away as I write. As my husband says, the March sun has much more power. Besides we are 11 days from the start of track and field season, enough of this snow already. Ha!

    • Kathy says:

      That March sun does have power! (At least in some parts of the country…) I am voting that our March sun shine. So far my vote hasn’t counted. And really? That close to track and field season? Ours doesn’t start until about April 20th.

  23. Barb says:

    Mary & I FaceTimed a couple days ago and she said Eagle Harbor got lots. (She’s in NZ, so probably got her info second hand!) I hope you’re not still digging out!

    • Kathy says:

      OK, Barb, I give up. What is FaceTimed? I have never heard of Face Timing. Is it like Skype? You can tell Mary that we were up in her neck of da woods last night–ok, at least to Houghton–and we’re going to Calumet tonight and it’s still snowy but not wild anymore. See today’s pics for Wednesday snowstorm views.

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  25. sonali says:

    May the God of snow protect you & give you all the strength to go out and take pictures, through which we far-away folks can receive his blessings too! 😀

  26. I am way behind….did the storm cometh?

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