Last week we got our first winter storm. We've had a few cold days here and there, but overall this autumn has been really warm. Just 24 hours before our storm hit with full force, it was 70 degrees. Within 24 hours it had dropped to the 40's, and the wind was howling ferociously. I sat inside snuggled up with a fresh pot of homemade chicken noodle soup (recipe to come soon!), and some Grey's Anatomy (my guilty pleasure). Our windows rattled, and a flower pot from my porch was stolen by the wind. All night long it howled and rattled everything, and was even doing so in the morning. The temperature dropped to freezing, and a little snow fell. Not much, though, for all that racket.
The next day I took some pictures in the garden, by the time I got out there most of the snow was gone. It's always interesting to see flowers with snow on them. Usually my flowers give out before our first snow hits, but the weather has been so perfect they've just been plugging along almost to the holidays.
It's quite unusual to have a warm winter here. We usually have a guaranteed freeze from November to March, sometimes, even into May. I welcome the winter, though. The summer is unbearable if our winters are mellow. Bring on the snow, Mother Nature, we can take it!