Winter in the Shenandoah Valley Part 2

We had a much smaller snowstorm in January, but the second major snowstorm this season came Thursday evening, 4 February 2010. And again the landscape was shrouded in white. I had not yet shoveled the walk when I took this photograph. By the time it was over, there was under 2 feet on the ground.

I don’t know why it happens, but every so often some parishioner greets me at the door of church with a hint of cynicism, “Did you ask for this weather?” My contention is that I am never blamed for nice, warm, sunny days. So I changed my tact and started telling them, “Well, this wasn’t exactly what I asked for, but it will do. I really asked for 4 feet of snow. So I’ll just wait for the balance another day.” And they give me strange looks. Some of them now think my prayers are really powerful. The above photo I took before we were able to start digging.

One of the lamps outside the church’s front doors. The sun was shining Sunday morning although I cancelled the earlier mass. But at the 11am mass we had enough people to fill the main part of the church. And we had musicians! Thank you Diane and company.

The parish office building from my carport. The upper parking lot was cleared fine, but all that snow was pushed to the edge looking like a massive snowbank higher than the average person. But you can tell from the handrails on the right of the photo that it was much less than that. And after tonight’s refreeze and tomorrow’s sleet, it might just be one massive snowbank.

I shoveled the front walk Sunday afternoon for the postman. But there’s another six inches in the forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 February 2010. I guess there will be a part 3 to this winter in the valley.