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    Ken and Marilyn

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Let The Snow Go!

Just a quick note to let you all know that we have survived the winter storm. Here on the island we usually are protected by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains which limits the amount of rain or snow we usually get. This time it snuck around and dumped about four inches on us. That made for snow drifts over a foot deep. Here’s a picture from our house down the street to Penn Cove.

Being retired it was no big deal to just hole up for a few days and enjoy the beauty of it all. Having said that it’s been around long enough and time to go. The temperature never got about 28 degrees F yesterday and today it’s almost 45. Oh my what a difference a day makes.

Of course with the warmer weather comes the rain and wind. With all the snow melting and the rain coming there are lots of concerns for flooding in the lowlands on the mainland, here on the island not so much.

This winter we’ve had a heck of a time with our fish in the pond in our back yard. First the Raccoon’s got into it and reduced our fish count from around 43 down to about 10. Next came the Heron’s and they’ve been showing up with some regularity. We have an aviary net over the pond but that doesn’t stop them from checking it out. Today we saw a first, a Heron standing on the frozen pond trying to figure out how to get to what appears to be a dead fish floating just under the ice. The snow has weighted down the net and it’s frozen in the water. This picture was taken through the window and the red arrow points to the fish.

We’ll pull the fish out tomorrow when we can break through the ice and discourage the Heron from coming back!

Other than that things have been pretty quiet around here. The year is off to a slow start although the days seem to be zipping by. We’re not complaining as winter on the island is really that way, perfect!

We hope your year is off to a good start and continues that way for the duration. Be sure to check out our Weather Page to see what’s going on weather wise in our neck of the woods.


4 Responses

  1. I guess Mother Nature figured you guys have had it too good for too long and snuck in the back door to spice up your life a bit.

  2. Our daughter who lives in Port Orchard sent us similar photos. Also pics of our grandson tubing down their street with the other kids. I believe they got 8 inches of the white stuff. Just some rain coming here in So. Cal tomorrow.

  3. Well, now one good snow is what I want then it could go right to spring…but all it has done here is rain, as it is today.. I don’t go out much so it is not a problem for me. Two things that would get me out would be to buy a computer should mine die or a mircowave, should it decided to to tits up… The older I get the more I realize I need less to live with.. It is all just stuff anyhow.
    Thanks for the pictures.. I feel bad for the fish, thought they could live through winters, under ice, but maybe not, huh?
    Thanks again.. great photos.. glad to hear from you all.
    Love and Hugs, just me, Betty in Va.

  4. Hi there,

    Sorry but this has nothing to do with this post. I was looking at your PT Cruiser page and had a question about the hubcaps you used; I am in the UK and have a Diesel PT Cruiser, I’d love to get a set of hubcaps like yours but as I can only order them from the states it’s quite a s*d if I get the wrong ones.

    On your page you say you used the 15″ moon hubcaps, but my wheels are 16″. Did you use the 15″ because it fit better or are the standard US wheels 15″ dia?

    Kind regards,


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