Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's Been Snowing, But I'm Not Snowed In

It has been snowing in Colorado.  I know that the calendar says that it is April, but the calendar alone is not a predictor of the weather.  In fact, I've been thinking that it would be best to throw the calendar away and not even be aware what month it is.  

I've lived in or near the mountains for much of my life, so I'm not really surprised when it snows in March and April.  In fact, I plan on the heaviest snow falls of the year to occur the last week of March.  I even expect snow storms in April.  I just expect them earlier in the month.

I see photos of flowers and trees blooming, and think that a different version of spring would sure be a welcomed treat.  I'd like to be rid of winter-like weather, but the weather doesn't seem to care one bit about what I want.  

This morning I have such a beautiful snowy view out of my window.  The sun is again shining, and there are hints of blue.  The rooftops are covered with two or three more inches of snow that fell over night.  We've been this pattern of snow followed by a bit of sun for days.

Sunday morning, I watched a little bunny rabbit that lives near my house as she was digging deep into the snow looking for food.  She found something that kept her nibbling for quite some time before she hopped over to the bare barberry bush next to her and started nibbling on it.  Now, I know why my newly planted barberry bushes did not do well last year.  The neighborhood bunnies feasted on them. 


Yesterday morning the snow was nearly all melted.  I saw that there were new green shoots of a perennial coming up in my neighbor's yard where the bunny had been lunching the day before.  I also noticed how green the grass is becoming thanks to the moisture provided by the snow.  The daffodil blossoms  are spent, and we don't have tulips in our neighborhood because the deer eat them.  The moisture that we have gotten from the snow is quite welcomed.  I must keep that in mind.  May flowers need moisture.  In Colorado, that springtime moisture generally comes in a more solid white form than it does in other areas of the country.

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Blogging has taken a back seat in my life as late because working on the computer has bothered my eyes.  On March 31st, I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  It seems to have been quite successful, but I find I still don't handle the glare from computer screens, my iPad, and my iPhone that well.  Today, April 19th, in just a few hours, I will have the cataract on the second eye removed.   I will be glad to get these two surgeries behind me.  

I will be rather limited in reading and writing for another week again.  That is the hard part!  My husband downloaded a book, The Escape From Auschwitz, by Joel C. Rosenberg, for me to listen to on Audible after the first surgery.  I am half way through the book.  It is quite an interesting and intriguing book.  I will again be listening to the book for the next couple of days.  I then hope to have a successful recovery and be back to reading and writing again soon.

Since I can't bend from the waist, or do strenuous activity for at least a week after the surgery, it is good for me that we have snow and cold weather.  By the time the sun appears again, I hope to be out in the yard planting more flowers and plants and hoping I just not planting things  for the bunnies and deer love to eat.  

19 comments:

Terra Hangen said...

I hope your cataract surgery gives you wonderful results. There are ways to change the background colors/brightness on our computers, if that would be helpful. Sweet little bunny on the snow.

Lin Floyd said...

good lluck with your surgery-I had mine in Oct-Nov, and certainly appreciate my eyesight more now...

Olga Hebert said...

The thing that is bearable with April snow is that it usually doesn't last.

Arkansas Patti said...

Sure hope the next surgery puts you back to reading and writing normally. Thank goodness for audio books. I got some anti-glare reading glasses for working on the computer from Amazon. Since they are one strength, it makes using the computer easier.
So glad you are not snowed and and obviously have power. That poor bunny looks like he could use some green.

Kay said...

My daughter has been sending me photos of snow on the ground in Illinois too. The cherry blossom tree was blooming and then the temps dipped again. Sending you wishes for a quick recovery on your eyes. So many people tell me about the wonderful vision they get after that surgery.

Sandi said...

Hello Sally!
Oh my! You have snow and we have very unseasonably warm weather here. It was in the high 80's yesterday, which is very unusual for April.

I sure hope this surgery is as successful as the first one. A few days break from reading and writing is a small price to pay for improved vision, don't you agree?

For some unknown reason, I got busy and wrote a blog yesterday, and today I'm reading and responding to a few. It's nice to be back for a while!

Hugs to you and speedy recovery.

Linda Reeder said...

As you have heard, we are having an April heat wave! That is not normal either. We have slowed down on our gardening chores because it is too hot!
Wishing you good luck on your surgery and a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Barb said...

Hope the surgery went well, Sally! I like seeing that bunny snacking. Bob has his right eye checked on Thurs in Eagle. It seems to have healed nicely. He's been on the computer and reading on Kindle. Can't do much outside though. If all is well on Thurs, we're heading to Basalt to bike. We have feet of snow here in Breck and more on the way. Take Care of yourself. Hope you bet more sunny days soon.

Jeanie said...

I think it is destiny that you have snow and less "let me outside to play" weather what with all your eye surgery and restrictions. Just relax and try to enjoy the downtime. When you are fully healed life will pick up again and you will wish you still had those moments!

Meanwhile, I wish you a speedy recovery on your second surgery and hope all went well today. Perhaps that bunny will be back and say "Now you can see me even better than before -- so I'll pose!"

I do love a bunny! Sending hugs, j

Tom Sightings said...

I can tell you're a more serious person than I am. If I had surgery (much less two!) I'd be looking for something more upbeat than a book on Auschwitz -- maybe a Carl Hiaason or even a Dave Barry! Anyway, hope you're back to 100 percent very soon.

The Furry Gnome said...

Colorado must have the same kind of March and April weather as Grey County here in Ontario! Good luck with the next surgery and your recovery. Looks like I'll be having the same surgery in a few months.

Elizabeth said...

You can turn down the glare on all your devices in 'settings'. I have mine very low for both phone and computer and find them so much less tiring to use.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hope the surgery all goes well and I love the little bunny in this posst.

DJan said...

I hoped when I went to my eye doctor a few months ago that he would tell me it's time for cataract surgery, but they are still not "ripe" as yours must be. Good luck with them, and report on how it all goes after awhile. Stay inside and recuperate! :-)

Sue Tell said...

I love this bunny picture. And I look forward to your writing again.

troutbirder said...

Best of luck, Sally. Later I hope you have time to give us a review on that fascinating sounding book..:)

Jean said...

Cute bunny but destructive, for sure. Been thinking of you as we've heard reports of snow in Colorado. We haven't had a recent snow, but we're rarely getting a nice, warm day. Enough! Glad you're getting the cataract surgery taken care of. I have had one eye done. I need to get the other one done. I keep putting it off.

Jean said...

Cute bunny but destructive, for sure. Been thinking of you as we've heard reports of snow in Colorado. We haven't had a recent snow, but we're rarely getting a nice, warm day. Enough! Glad you're getting the cataract surgery taken care of. I have had one eye done. I need to get the other one done. I keep putting it off.

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I hope your eye is healing just as it should. I remember being so happy when I was finally done with the surgeries and special drops and whatnot. Cheers!