During the snowstorm

During the snowstorm

Such a hullabaloo in the Northern forest!

Spring Seed Boy fell in love with young Snow Maiden.

Oh, it’s forbidden, don’t you know!

Icy beauty

Icy beauty

The Winter Queen, in her fury, locked Spring Seed Boy in a shed behind the six-foot snow bank.

Spring Seed Boy cries and it rains.  Young Snow Maiden weeps and it snows.  The Winter Queen gripes and it snows some more.

The oregano silently stews.

The oregano silently stews.

The Sun King tried, yes he tried, to negotiate a truce.  He shined his hardest, but to no avail.

The Mourning Doves in the bird feeder mourn.  The poor robins, just in from the sunny south, look in vain for worms beneath the endless white snow.  The bear refuse to leave hibernation.  The trees refuse to leaf.  The ice on the lake refuses to melt.

Will the sun ever shine again?

Will the sun ever shine again?

It’s a hullabaloo, a great feud, and we innocent bystanders are caught in the hysterics.  Yesterday it snowed all day.  On April 19th, mind you!  Locals are swooning with the indignity of it all.  School had to be dismissed early–again.  You couldn’t see fifty feet in front of you, I swear it, when Aunty Blizzard added her support to the Winter Queen’s edict.

OK, the old-time Forest folk remember a similar event.  Back in Year So-and-So Spring Rain Shower fell in love with one of the Snow Boys, and, hey, white stuff fell from the sky on the 4th of July!

Will the tomato cages ever see tomatoes?

Will the tomato cages ever see tomatoes?

We’re not sure how this hullabaloo will end.  We’re hoping someone comes to their senses.  Please, will someone come to their senses?

Change is required.  It needs to stop snowing–now.

Will it ever look up?

Will it ever look up?

Is that a house behind those snowy branches?

Is that a house behind those snowy branches?

Is that the shed where she locked Spring Seed Boy?

Is that the shed where she locked Spring Seed Boy?

Are these the crystallized tears of Young Snow Maiden?

Are these the crystallized tears of Young Snow Maiden?

Do April snow showers bring snow plowers?

Do April snow showers bring snow plowers?

Oh Aunty Blizzard, please have mercy!

Oh Aunty Blizzard, please have mercy!

Change is required.

Change is required.

In the meantime, will you grab the snow shovel?

In the meantime, will you grab the snow shovel?

*This story was brought to you–in part–by the Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress. It was called Change. I would say this post qualifies.

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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28 Responses to Hullabaloo

  1. Dawn says:

    We had snow this morning too. Nothing like this though. Hope you can dig out!

  2. excellent – I am learning to embrace this strange weather — anything that keeps the AC at bay is good for me–two days ago it was 77–today we had a bit of snow

  3. I’m kind of getting into it…wondering just how long it will keep up. I love the story. The first year I was in this house year ’round, we had a killing frost in every single month of the year. After a while I was rooting for it. May as well break some records, eh?

  4. Sara says:

    I right there with you. We got about ten inches on the 18th in MN. I love your line “April snow showers bring snow plowers.” I have a feeling we won’t have a very colorful autumn this year – there will be no leaves on the trees to turn color! What a weird spring.

  5. Barb says:

    Please, I’m begging you, keep the feuders there. Finally sunny in Denver. (Snow is so incredibly beautiful though. And think what amazing wildflowers you’ll have when it all melts.)

  6. debyemm says:

    Oh my, snow in July ?!? Spring has been reluctant here in Missouri. It’s been near freezing for the last 2 nights. My older son wants a vegetable garden all his own this year and he is totally stressed out by the weather. The trees and flowers have been slow to come; out but we have Redbud and Dogwood, Wild Plum and Serviceberry, all blooming now. The leaves have opened up a bit, feeling encouraged by whatever warmth has come.

    We want to go on an overnight canoe float trip down one of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. We didn’t go last week because it was to be one long wet week. Then, nothing much happened Tues or Wed but Thursday made up for it. Maybe we’ll go next week but it won’t be warm, even if it is at least dry. My son wants 80 degrees; but his dad wants a quiet float, before the crowds arrive. My heart thinks the two won’t meet in the same week.

    The weather is uncertain, wild swings in opposite directions, the last two years here in Missouri. Last year it was an early warm spring; and by summer, a severe drought; but so far at least, it doesn’t look like a repeat of that.

  7. The snow photos are beautiful! The story is funny, but I thought that Yoopers loved getting snow all year round. 😉

  8. Elisa says:

    oh dear! giggling and stifling in sympathy at the same time…

  9. Heather says:

    It’s snowing again here too, though I don’t think we’re going to get quite as much as you…only 3 inches or so. And please don’t even joke about having summer snow. That particular record, if indeed it was one, can remain happily unbroken. (I think we’re supposed to have a visit from the sun tomorrow; hope she visits you too!)

  10. msmcword says:

    Winter is not going gently into the night here in the Detroit area, either. This morning I had to scrape ice off my car windows. But it is supposed to be in the 60’s by next week.


  11. bonnie says:

    April showers bring snow plowers. 🙂 A good one. Hopefully for you, spring will soon be with you. She has flirted with us, so perhaps you are next?

  12. Lori D says:

    Wow, who would guess it’s April if they just saw these photos. This blog post about the seasons quarrelling would make a wonderful short story for publication. Love it. Change. It’s what I miss about living in Florida. Nothing ever changes, except for the size of the bugs. Heh.

  13. lisaspiral says:

    It’s melting again here today. Hoping that I’ll be able to get the wheelchair to the end of the driveway by tomorrow. 🙂 Change must come, but we don’t get to decided what that change may be or what surprises it will bring. I’m hoping for robins.

  14. Stacy says:

    I still think Snow Maiden is beautiful, even if she appeared in April. ❤

  15. john says:

    The pictures are excellent! I loved “Do April snow showers bring snow plowers?”.

  16. Brenda Hardie says:

    You are so clever, Kathy! I truly enjoyed your story and of course the amazing winter wonderland pictures! Our snow is melting again here, so have hope…the warmth is heading your way. 🙂

  17. bearyweather says:

    Oh Kathy, you are so much more gentle and easy going then I am with this snowy winter that will never die. Your snow maiden story eased some of my snow complaints …my friends logic about how we need the moisture to help with the drought and a slow melt is the best way for that to happen calms my frustration … and my sister’s email with a picture of a snowman with 5-6 knifes sticking out of him (die winter die) made me smile … but, the truth is that only some warm sunny weather is going to end the heaviness of this winter.
    It snowed here almost every day last week … luckily it was 2-4 inches each time where other nearby towns got 18 inches. We get a few warmer moments where some things appear to melt, but the 6 ft piles, the 3 ft snow bed in the woods have not shrunk at all .. it is snowing more than melting.

    Like you … I am hopefully waiting for Spring to arrive … If you have any luck freeing the Spring seed boy, point him in my direction after he has cleaned up your snow.

  18. Brrrrrrrrrr… Kathy – You’ve shivered me timbers!

  19. Joanne says:

    If you can’t change it (who can control the weather when Snow Maiden and Spring Seed Boy are in love?) then you simply have to go with the flow and enjoy Snow Maiden’s beauty, which I did (sorry you are feeling so cold though!) 🙂

  20. Colleen says:

    I would like to share this story with our granddaughter, if Aunty Blizzard and the Winter Queen don’t mind 🙂

    Our temperatures have climbed into the 80’s with record highs predicted early next week. Your wonderful snow photos will be looking very inviting by then.

  21. Katie says:

    Seriously awesome icy tree pictures! I know you are suffering and need change, and I’m sorry, but cool pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  22. penpusherpen says:

    Woweee Kathy, what a great story, but what a terrible weather pattern to be caught up in… I hope that the Winter Queen relents soon, or methinks she will face the Sun Kings wrath… (and everyone else’s) xPenx.

  23. That’s how our yard looked a week ago. A lot of it melted during the week, but this morning we woke up to snowflakes falling again, too. We need to get the Snowflake Police to arrest those weather feud participants for disturbing the peace, or something! lol

  24. Beautiful pics. “My heart mourns” for you, poor soul in the north. Do you want to trade high heat and humidity are keep what you “got?”

  25. lucindalines says:

    Amazing how this snow makes one want to use personification and metaphors and all that stuff. It might be that it is easier than speaking in the reality of the snow that is sending us near the cliff of no return. Nice piece and certainly fits the photo challange.

  26. Janet says:

    Beautiful snow photos.

  27. sybil says:

    Isn’t it funny how the lovely scenic snow shots of December lack that same charm in April.

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