It was a shock to wake up Oct 30th with huge snow flakes falling from the sky. We probably got around a 1/2 inch of standing snow after about 3 hours, but the snow soon turned to a winter mix to rain. By the end of the day, almost all of the snow was melted :(.
Steve and I are so ready for Christmas. We had a pact to not listen to Christmas music or watch movies until November, but with the snow on Oct 30th, I caved. I figured that the first snowfall should count as the beginning of winter! So as the snow fell, I watched my all time FAVORITE Christmas movie -- White Christmas. I have the ENTIRE movie memorized and even know random facts like the girl (Vera Ellen) who plays Judy struggled with anorexia and she always wears a turtle neck in the movie to hide her neck. So I should say, I didn't really watch the movie, more like listened to and sang along as I put plastic up on the windows (which honestly probably does nothing for our house since there's no insulation in the walls).
(This was taking around 8:30 in the morning. At first it was just a light snow with some rain mixed in.)
(About an hour later the flakes were becoming bigger and everything was getting a nice covering of snow. It was hard to try to take a picture of the actual flakes, so you will just have to take my word that they were big and beautiful!)
(We had one little fatality -- the tree in the middle of the rose bushes bit the dust. In the previous picture, you can see it leaning a lot, and finally it snapped -- I heard it from inside! This tree has always struggled with staying upright in the wind. We had just finished staking it 2 days before it snapped. Oh well --- 2 little shoots are intact. We'll see how it fares through the winter and decide what to do next spring.)