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  • Friday, November 19, 2010

    It's COMING!

    What, you might ask, is she talking about? Why, the STORM OF THE CENTURY, it least, that's what my husband AND the weatherpersons have been saying all week. We're supposed to get our first snowfall this weekend, which, in our household, is a VERY BIG THING because that means that, no matter what else is planned, Bompa (husband) brings in LOTS of firewood, and the grandkids that live closest will arrive, along with the granddog and a ton of snow gear, and Dabba (me) starts cooking...AND COOKING, and then we wait.

    And hope. We live on a hillside--it's the perfect, gentle slope for little ones on sleds, and the few times we've been able to "schedule" a big snowfall with a free weekend for the grandkids have been absolutely wonderful. So I'm hoping the weatherman got it right, hoping we get enough snow to freeze fingers and toes and noses, and hoping we really do fill the house up with the grands--Luca is 9, Gracie 6 and Cole 4--all perfect ages for sledding, though their mommy and daddy are usually right in there, sliding down the hill with them.

    Does it snow where you live? We never get all that much--just a few times a year, though this one, if it happens, is coming about two months earlier than normal. I have to admit I feel like a little kid when it snows. The pictures are from snowfall last year, but you can see why I love it--it's absolutely gorgeous, covers up all the rough edges and makes the world look new. This photo to the left was taken in the early morning--I love fresh snow on the branches!

    Another thing that's coming is my next to the last Wolf Tales--and I finally received some early copies of Wolf Tales 11 along with Advance Reader Copies of StarFire, my third book in the DemonSlayers series. I'll be giving a choice of one or the other to a reader leaving a comment.

    PS: the downside to snow and grandkids coming, is shoveling it out of the driveway--Bompa's back conveniently gets REALLY SORE when it snows, and Dabba "gets" to help...aren't I the lucky one! (At least Bompa had the camera handy for proof!)

    I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and a terrific Thanksgiving. Even in tough times, we all have so much to be thankful for. And if you DO get the "storm of the century" this weekend, please drive carefully, stay warm, and enjoy some quiet time with a really good book.


    Anonymous Melanie Ditro said...

    Just come back to Orlando, and enjoy the 80 degree weather we are having here. Or you could just send me a few snowflakes. Please make sure you post some pictures "Of the storm of the century" for those of us that don't get to enjoy or see the snow. Sometimes the Holidays are not the same living here in Florida. I miss the change of the leaves and the smell of fall. I don't miss driving in the snow, but i do miss watching the snow fall. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family.


    8:24 AM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    We had our first big, swirling snow dump yesterday and the kids were beyond excited. In fact, I believe they ARRIVED at school snowy and wet after an inspired snowball fight in the front yard.

    Great post! :)

    8:26 AM  
    Blogger pookietoes said...

    Come to North Carolina. We get all 4 seasons, but winter lasts about 4 weeks.Snow is a rare pleasure except for last winter that lasted about 6 weeks with 4 snows. We had to keep our winter flip-flops handy at all times. LOL

    8:27 AM  
    Anonymous Yahaira H said...

    Hi Kate, I wish it snow here. But it's summer all the time. Sometimes it rains but the weather doesn't change much, not even the leaves. I loved to go and stay at my aunt's house, she lives up north there I can see and feel the weather change constantly. Well Kate can't wait to read WT11!

    8:31 AM  
    Blogger Kelly M said...

    Hi Kate....
    I love the snow... but we normally don't get it where I live... If we do it only lasts for a day or many two if we are lucky.. So I will just look at your pictures in Awww...
    Thank you for a chance to win one of your books... I can't wait to read..
    Thank you again

    8:36 AM  
    Blogger William Kendall said...

    We had our first snowfall of the season a couple of weeks ago in the Ottawa Valley.

    8:46 AM  
    Anonymous Laurie P said...

    Hi Kate,

    It's suppose to start raining here tonight and rain all weekend! Which makes it a great weekend for READING!! I still need WT 11 and I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for Starfire.....Bumper/Willow needs a HEA too.

    8:47 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    SNOW?????oh. KATE...Come to Tennessee! Its a nice 50ish...light jacket weather! PLUS...THE OPRYLAND HOTEL HAS BEEN TOTALLY REMODELED AND REOPENED!!You owe us a visit anyway! !! Lets do lunch?!!:)

    9:00 AM  
    Anonymous Wanda Leah Conley said...

    Snow - EKKKKKK - I am so hoping we get NONE after last winter. I wanted to let you know that I told you a few weeks ago I was lending out WT books to my niece and then my sister was reading them. I found out this week my brother-in-law is also reading them after hearing his wife and daughter talk about them. I LOVE IT!!!! I am so ready for WT 11 to get here especially for the book clubs to get it showing for pre order in hardcover (it has to match my other 10). Hope you have a great weekend!!

    9:02 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I live in western Canada - we had several centimetres of snow fall this week. My 3 1/2 yr old son did not remember last winter, so we spent some time in the back yard walking in it. "Mommy, look at the foot prints I make in the snow!!" Times to remember, most definitely.

    Wind is up, and more snow is forecast this weekend. Good time to curl up with a good (Kate) book! Enjoy the weather all!


    9:08 AM  
    Anonymous Betty Hamilton said...

    I have not seen real snow since the late 60's when my "X" and I drove "home" to Philly to welcome his brother-in-law home from Viet Nam. When he left Viet Nam it was 117 Philly... a blizzard!! LOL I was so cold (coming from Fort Lauderdale) and could not imagine how cold my brother-in-law must have been. It was a wonderful visit, but we invited our returning vet and his wife to a LONG vist with us in warm Fort Lauderdale!
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and lots and lot of "snow fun"!!
    ...looking forward to WT11!!!!

    9:11 AM  
    Anonymous Tammy S said...

    That's a four letter word round here, and not the good kind. We MIGHT get some around Thanksgiving, personally I'm hoping not for about 2 weeks after that at the earliest. I'm near Lake Erie in PA, so the Lake not only protects us sometimes, it also sometimes dumps that white stuff on our doorstep, but we always get some.

    9:27 AM  
    Anonymous Angela Wood said...

    We love and live for the snow in NY. We just got the frist of many dusting today. Thank you for a chance to win one of your books... I can't wait to read..
    Thank you again

    10:00 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Today is gloomy with rain predicted for tonight and all weekend. Southern California doesn't usually get snow (it has happened now and then). Prognostigaters are predicting snow up in the hills to the east of us. Don't think I'll go to see it...I'm for a good book.


    10:44 AM  
    Blogger C R Ward said...

    I was born during a snow storm and I love the winter and everything that comes with it! Being a Canadian, that's probably a good thing.

    There doesn't seem to be a big storm coming (according to the local forecast) for us, but I can still hope! Another WolfTales book would be the perfect thing to warm me up on a cold, Canadian winter night. :-)

    11:16 AM  
    Anonymous Pamela Young Brock said...

    Hello Kate
    Sorry to see all that snow but I know that we well be haveing alittle comeing here on Thanksgiving Day and laters lots more to come. But a fire in the fireplace and one of your books with hot coco and -I will be a Happy camper. Ready for StarFire.Have a Happy Thankgiveing my friend.

    11:55 AM  
    Blogger Nissie said...

    Hi,Kate! I'm jealous. I love the snow and everything that comes with it...snowmen,snowball fights,hot chocolate and snuggling up with a book. Here in NC we don't really get a lot any more. Last year was great,however. Several huge snow storms and even a white Christmas! I hope we get more of the same this winter. Have a wonderful,safe time in your snow! I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    12:25 PM  
    Blogger Janell said...

    We're supposed to get our first snow for thanksgiving. The only thing I'd add to you description of a great time is a good book (Maybe Wolf Tales 11??) to read.

    12:33 PM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    Kate, I LOVE that shot of the trees and the sky and the snow. That is absolutely beautiful.

    We don't get much snow in Seattle, but occasionally do and I tend to enjoy it because I don't have to commute. I'm hoping we won't get it next weekend in our mountain cabin because we want to put snow guards on the roof and have a cord of wood we need to stack, both of which will be sooo much easier without it. But we'll manage, I suppose, either way.

    1:22 PM  
    Blogger Aurian said...

    We haven't had a real snowy winter in years here in Holland, but last year we did! No one knew how to handle it anymore, public transport was down. And the snow lasted for weeks and weeks! I still love it, it is so pretty to look at, especially at night. And though I slipped and fell twice, I am looking forward to the first snow of this season. Weather people think it will be a really really cold winter this year.

    1:23 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Hi Melanie! Good to hear from you, and I bet it's hot in Orlando. It took me forever to cool back to normal after RWA last summer--I've never before stayed in a hotel where my glasses actually fogged up...we just got home from a trip over the mountain and snow started falling about ten minutes after we walked in the door. Not much yet, but I've got my fingers crossed.

    Rebecca, where do you live? I saw where parts of Minnesota got hit pretty hard. We've just got light flakes falling now, but my husband got the woodstove fired up, so all is well.

    pookietoes? (that's a new ID!) I'm trying to imagine winter flipflops. do they have tread to keep you from slipping? :-) I always think of our snow as "polite snow." It's generally gone by the time you have to go somewhere.

    Hi Yahaira--I would miss seasons. Our son lives in Hawaii, and it's always the same--just wetter at some times of the year than others. I really love the changing leaves, though I imagine all our gorgeous fall colors will be gone after this weekend.

    3:36 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Hi Kelly--this is the first place I've ever lived where we get snow that actually sticks around for a day or two, and I have to admit, it's really gorgeous, though a pain when Rufus the dog wants to go out to piddle late at night!

    William--if it's already snowing in the valley, that must really mess with your mountain climbing! Do you ever do any ice climbing? That's the one that scares the bejeebus out of me--and just from watching!

    Laurie, I love rainy weekends with a warm fire, a spot on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book...and Rufus, obviously! My official winter warming dog. Enjoy!

    Susan, I heard that the hotel was remodeled and ready to go. And you're right--I owe ya one! LOL...believe me, if I get to Nashville, we're doin' lunch!!

    Wanda, that is such a hoot! I think I told you that I occasionally get thank you notes from husbands...Love that! Thanks for telling me.

    Hi Kim--snow already? How cute about your son. You're right--special times and they're gone in the blink of an eye. Enjoy! Stay warm, m'dear!

    3:45 PM  
    Blogger Mary said...

    Kate, those are awesome pictures. I always like looking at snow covered..anything because for the most part... we don't get snow where I live.

    Yes, if I traveled up in the mountains of Nevada I could get to the snow at Mt Charleston, but here in Las Vegas we hardly ever get does happen on occasion but when it does, it's a very small amount and everyone goes nuts. Especially the news people. lol

    3:45 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Hi Betty--I can't imagine 117 degrees--not in the tropics. It's totally "doable" in the desert, but the heat and humidity would kill me. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, too!

    Tammy, where's "here?" We don't get all that much snow here, so it's always more a novelty, though we've never had it fall this early, at least not in the seven years since we've had our house up here.

    Hi Angela--you're automatically entered just for leaving a comment. Enjoy your snow!

    Louis, snow or not, I'm ALWAYS ready for a good book! Hope it's not TOO gloomy a weekend!

    3:49 PM  
    Anonymous Marilyn A said...

    I grew up in North Dakota and recall vividly the first snowfalls at night, when it was totally silent as those big flakes came down and the night was magical. My family would eagerly suit up and don our snowboots to take a walk to the park as the flakes piled up on the shadowy trees and grass....we may get a bit of snow in Redding on Sunday from this storm...hope so, because I'll be strolling and smiling as the flakes fall.

    3:50 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    CR--No snow when I was born, but it was a Friday 13th, almost midnight and there was a power failure in the hospital due to the storm. Does that count? They had generators going! I think Canadians are a lot tougher than Californians...we're all weather wusses!

    Pamela, I'm sitting in my office watching the flakes fall now, though they're still not sticking. I do think it's going to be a great reading weekend!

    Nissie, I remember news film last year of the snow in NC--didn't you get hit about the same time that Washington DC was getting their big storm? Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

    Janell, if you win and don't live far, you MIGHT get it in time! Have a great Thanksgiving!

    Thanks, Susan. My husband and I always go a little nuts taking pictures when it snows--that one was with my little cheapo digital camera, and I just love it. And I'm with you--snow is great when you don't have to drive in it. We live on a hillside, and when there's fresh snow we stand in front of the window and watch our neighbors trying to get over the hill to commute out--half of them usually slide back down!

    Aurian--we see the same thing here. When it does snow enough to mess up the roads, it's like everyone's forgotten how to drive in it from the year before! I'm sorry you fell, though. That can be so dangerous, but it happens so darned fast when you hit ice! Be careful.

    Mary, I'm laughing at your post because the news people here are the same way. Whenever it snows in the valley they go absolutely nuts!

    4:02 PM  
    Anonymous Lou said...

    Hey Kate,
    Living just below you in Sac, it doesn't snow, but I'm certainly feeling the effects already (it's raining and really, really dark here). I've spent the last two days getting storm ready since it's supposed to rain like crazy with snow down to 2,000 feet. I've decided to have my fireplace chimney swept and stock some wood as my gut is telling me it's going to be a long, cold, wet winter.

    When I lived in So. Oregon, we only had two Ben Franklin stoves for heat. We suffered through a "big freeze" during the winter and the electricity went out... A LOT. But we were one of the only houses that the pipes didn't freeze because we had heat no matter what. Of course we had to keep the stoves going 24/7, so someone had to get up during the night...

    Have a great time with your family! I'm certain there will be enough snow for any outdoor activity!! Stay warm!

    4:08 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Ya know, if we're getting it here in Cobb, Marilyn, you just might get some in Redding. (Talking California, right?) It seems only fair, considering how HOT it gets there in the summer! You're so right, IS magical!

    Lou, you might get a dusting if it's a really cold front coming through. We weren't supposed to have any snow today at all. It's still not sticking, but definitely coming down. I love our woodstoves--when we keep the big one in the main part of the house going, it heats the whole place and keeps it warmer than when we use the heater. I agree with you, though. I think it's going to be wet and cold this year!

    4:13 PM  
    Blogger Nissie said...

    Yeah,Kate. One of our storms was the same time as "Snomageddon" We didn't get quite as much as DC, but it was a lot! Fabulous!! :P

    5:13 PM  
    Anonymous Dejia Lueras said...

    Hello Kate.
    Well I live in New Mexico, and have for the past 10 years. I'm actually from Washington state. I've seen more snow since moving here than I ever saw in Wa. (Not including on Mt st Helens where theres almost always snow) Anyways, it snows pretty good here, but we (my hubby and all the dogs, lol) have to go out and enjoy it that day. We like to hook up a tube to a rope and hook the rope to the back of the four wheeler and take it to the field. It is sooooo fun! See the thing is, NM weather is so weird. It could snow a foot or so and the next day be in the 70's or 80's and its all gone and the suns shining. Kinda like it can rain on one side of the street and not the other here. Seriously. It hasnt snowed here yet though. All the towns surrounding us have gotten some, but not us. Anyways, I think it sounds like it will be fun for all of you if you do get snow. I'll hope for you to get some, just not the storm of the century. I wouldn't want you or anyone else getting snowed in or losing power or anything bad because of it. Hope you have a great time and Happy holidays to you and yours!

    5:46 PM  
    Anonymous Tracy Nickels said...

    We are due for snow tonight,or the
    weekend. Since we live in apt,don't
    have to worry about clearing drive
    ways. Kinda miss it. I and some of the ladies are making jewelry
    for presents and a bazar here at
    Pioneer Village on the 4th.
    I know what I want from Santa
    a new camera.

    6:20 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    I thought so, Nissie. I have a friend in Falls Church and the pictures she sent were unbelievable!

    Dejia--I believe you. I also have a friend in NM who has sent pictures of the snow, which really surprised me as I'm not that familiar with the state and thought of it as more desert. It's really beautiful! Our snow has been falling all afternoon but not sticking. Expect that as it gets colder tonight we'll get more.

    Hi Tracy--I bet you really get it up there! How cool on the jewelry making. Enjoy yourself. (And good luck with Santa!)

    6:55 PM  
    Blogger Sheree said...

    Snow is so pretty and can cover a multitude of sins, as it were. I don't miss the ice though which is why I live where I do now (no ice, no snow). Very occasionally, there will be hail (go figure), but it's very rare and melts quickly. That's right, no slipping on patches of ice and no shoveling. No more snow tires or chains (unless I go to Tahoe in the winter).


    12:18 AM  
    Blogger Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

    Beautiful pics, Kate! Snow is so pretty - but so icky to deal with.
    Around here (Ohio) we have heavy fog, but nice mild temps - perfect for finishing up the Christmas lights outside.
    Monday it should get blustery again, so the 60 degree weather is showing perfect timing for us.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I agree about lots to be thankful for.

    May you all enjoy a blessed, peaceful day filled with family and friends.


    7:33 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Sheree--we woke up to about an inch of snow this morning and it's pretty, but not nearly enough. The big storm is due to hit tonight and we just talked to our daughter, so she's headed this way with the kids and the husband later this afternoon. It will be chaos, but GOOD chaos--and Lord help us if it doesn't snow heavy tonight!

    Lori, Bompa got the lights up on the tree out in front last night, and it looks so pretty. Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    8:11 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Guess you don't want to know that it's gonna be a high of 80-85 here for the next few days :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    9:13 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    LOL...Jenn, I love weather--good, bad or otherwise, but always love the extremes. It's sunny out now and the snow has melted, but the main storm is due in a few hours. Enjoy your sunshine--I'm looking for the gloves and winter woolies!

    10:37 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    LOL....this weekend it's cold, gloomy, and windy. So what am I up to...well it's time to start some holiday baking. On the schedule is several kinds of cookies, fudge, pumpkin and banana bread along with some pumpkin bars with homemade cream cheese frosting.

    I hope you and all the kids have a great time. It sounds like so much fun.

    Tracey A.

    12:35 PM  
    Blogger Catherine said...

    NorCal get snow and down here in SoCal--we get the rain, yippee!!
    I love to visit snow, then come back to my mild/average temps.
    Love the pics and enjoy the kidlets this weekend.
    For Christmas--Snowblower!!!

    1:38 PM  
    Anonymous Jessica said...

    It's been raining cats and dogs here in the Bay Area, lightning and hail thrown in for good measure, so I'm betting you got lots of snow up in the Sierra.

    There's nothing like a winter storm. I used to live by the ocean (south of San Francisco), and one of my favorite things was to watch it come on off the water. Amazing to watch.

    I hope you're enjoying the snow and the grandkids are sledding like crazy!

    6:01 PM  
    Blogger Stella said...

    Kate: Oh, wow, what lovely photos. Snow always looks fabulous and I do enjoy it--more watching it fall than being in it, I guess.

    Here in the NW we have good skiing in the mountains--those are beautiful mountains by the way--and occasionally a significant snowfall all over the area. When we do get a big snowfall it tends to make local history because it just doesn't happen that often.

    Thank you for the good wishes, Kate, and you be careful not to go "plop" on all the slippery stuff:)


    12:15 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Tracey, I LOVE those pumpkin that's all I'm going to think of with my coffee this morning! I rarely bake. Have no willpower and want to eat it all!! Have a great Thanksgiving.

    Catherine, may wish I had that snowblower this morning. Only about 5" on the ground, but it's wet and heavy. Should be gone by this afternoon.

    Jessica, I imagine they got slammed in the Sierras. We're just north of the Bay Area, in the mountains north of the Napa Valley, so it's really unusual to have this much snow. Beautiful, though we had thunder yesterday when it was snowing. THAT was weird!

    Thanks for the good wishes, Stella, and you DO have beautiful mountains in the PNW. (My brother lives in Portland and regularly reminds me how gorgeous their views are--on a clear day! Last night was unreal when the clouds cleared and we had the light from the full moon reflecting off all the new snow. The grandkids are still sleeping, but imagine they'll be out on the sleds really early.

    5:59 AM  
    Blogger William Kendall said...

    I've done the occasional ice climbing, with frozen waterfalls. It's an entirely different kind of challenge.

    I love the winter. So much so that people who don't like the winter feel compelled to tell me to shut up when I start joyfully saying, "Snow, snow, snow, snow..."

    Then they start wondering where the baseball bat is.

    1:41 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    William--I've watched film of climbers going up frozen waterfalls--fascinating and scares the hell out of me! We got our snow last night--it was absolutely beautiful. Melting away today, but the grandkids arrived yesterday and made the most of it.

    Btw, hope you wear a helmet--both for climbing and when your buds pull out the baseball bat...

    2:47 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Pamela Young Brock is my winner--please contact me with your mailing address and the book you want: Either StarFire (ARC) or Wolf Tales 11.

    Congrats, and thanks to all for stopping by.

    2:53 PM  
    Anonymous Jessica said...

    I know exactly where you are -- it's lovely up there!! And yes, that would be unusual to get that much snow there. Snow anywhere around the Bay Area is a bit strange, as it's usually something we go visit :).

    8:26 PM  
    Anonymous Tammy said...

    Tammy, where's "here?" We don't get all that much snow here, so it's always more a novelty, though we've never had it fall this early, at least not in the seven years since we've had our house up here.

    Here is the northwestern section of Erie County, PA.

    6:07 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    It IS, Jessica, though really cold this week. It never got over 38 yesterday, and we have frozen snow this morning. I think I'm going to stay inside today...

    Ah, Tammy...I would think that, as far north as you are, that you'd get more snow. I have never been to Pennsylvania--you're on my 'to do' list!

    7:49 AM  
    Blogger elizabeth said...

    We've already had 8-12", and now the wind is blowing it everywhere. We're meeting grandkids at Tahoe and outfitting them for the kind of cold they'll get to play in over Thanksgiving.

    Work? What's that?

    11:37 AM  
    Blogger said...

    I've seen and shoveled more snow than I can to talk about but I do pray that each of you that are anticipating with glee a snowfall, may you receive it abundantly - you are entitled to my share - enjoy!

    2:45 PM  
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