Walking in a Winter Wonderland…

So this year winter has come a lot earlier to our ‘Green Acres’ than expected. We got about 4 inches of snow in one day. Last I heard we lived in the “banana belt” of Oregon. Not too cold, not too hot. A nice amount of rain, but nothing like what Portland gets and just a sprinkling of snow. Last year we had 2 snow days, and it melted within 24 hours. So between last years winters and this year, I present to you – Our Green/White Acres in all it’s splendor.

I found some wild tracks…

Wild Tracks

Wild Tracks

But it just turned out to be Ranch Cat. I am so glad her natural camouflage finally kicked in.

Ranch Cat's camouflage finally comes in handy.  2013

Ranch Cat’s camouflage finally comes in handy. 2013

The frozen ranch 2012.

The frozen ranch 2012.

Our front yard 2012.

Our front yard 2012.

The Sunrise in 2012.

The Sunrise in 2012.

Snow is really coming down! 2013

Snow is really coming down! 2013

Even our bridge is iced over

Even our bridge is iced over 2013

We have rain chains on our back patio. (Rain chains are alternatives to a downspout.) But when the snow started melting because of our fireplace, and then the temperature dropped…well we got this.

These chains are about 10 feet long.

These chains are about 10 feet long.

This icicle is is about 10 feet long and 2 inches in diameter.

Ice Chains are one giant icicle 2013.

Ice Chains are one giant icicle 2013.

Our Green...er..White Acres

Our Green…er..White Acres

So Derek just relit the fire, I have a new book…I bid you a warm and cozy goodnight.

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