Sunday, November 30, 2008

What the...oh! Now I remember! (My Sacred Life, Sunday)

It has been a rare fall in Denver, one in which the first snowfall of any measure did not occur until after Thanksgiving. And, as you can see, this was hardly an event to measure with anything longer than an eyelash.

Still, even a little moisture is helpful. Plants in Denver tend to shut down and go dormant by Halloween, although this year's warm fall has caused odd things, such as the forsythia in our front yard deciding now was a good time to have flowers on its branches (I would have included a photo, but I don't want to encourage such out-of-bounds behavior). I hope the colder weather this week will encourage it to go back to sleep.

It has been a confusing season for local human beings, too, and my prayer is that we all, plants and two-legged critters alike, figure this out by Spring.


storyteller said...

Amen to that! I've shared my prayers for Sacred Life Sunday at Sacred Ruminations this morning. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs and blessings,

Rick Hamrick said...

Thanks so much, storyteller!

It's definitely a "let's all pull together" kind of thing which seems to be happening. I'm grateful for you conscious and gentle support.

Lynilu said...

I'm eager to have a good snow here, a state and a half south of you. We've had some skiffs of snow, but not the real deal. Do you think it helps if we get enough people up and down the spine of the Rockies to all think snow at the same moment? I'm up for it!

What? How do I get "a state and a half"? Well, Denver is more than half the state of CO to the north and I'm almost the whole length of NM south. ;D

Sphincter said...

Oh, poor forsythia. It's like when the spring bulbs come up too early, and you just know they're gonna get creamed by a late season storm.

For what it's worth, I've been thinking of you, too. FYI, Karaoke Guy just fired up.

Rick Hamrick said...

Lynilu--do you live at some altitude? I'm trying to imagine big snows in southern New Mexico, and I'm stumped. Yes, I am also ignorant of your normal winter climate, I freely admit!

Rick Hamrick said...

Hey, Sphinc--just remember that one-note, four-bars-long phrase: "Stoooooooooooooooooooop!"

(anyone in the dark regarding this topic, just watch this:

Thanks again for being a buddy and offering great energy in your comments. I hope you can feel the same from me when I stop by your place.

Sphincter said...

I really should give that a try. I may at least make the people frightened enough of me that they'll avoid ticking me off.

jylene said...

i can relate to your weather dilemma! for the last few years, our fall in northeast ohio has lasted until close to christmas. we've had a couple thanksgivings that were sunny and 60 degrees- definitely not the norm for us. this year however, we had our first snowstorm mid-october and it has continued to stay cold and snowy thus far. this is how i remember the winters of my childhood!

Angela said...

Still no snow here in Montana, either, Rick. As a matter of fact, it's just plain balmy this morning. I'm hoping for some at least by Christmas.

Hang in there on all fronts! One thing is for sure, by spring things will definitely be different than they are now.

Rick Hamrick said...

Jylene--I had the sense that things were different for you in your part of the country--lots of reports I have seen say your area is getting hit with plenty of winter! I know you and yours are well-familiar with getting through it, though!

Angela--you seem to be in the same weather pattern as we're seeing in Denver, and my suspicion is, we will both see enough winter in January and February to make us forget the crazy lack-of-fall we are seeing now.

Big thanks to you both for stopping by!

Deborah said...

Seems NY has been getting the snow you haven't - two snowfalls that lasted till morning before February is nearly unheard of here!