Tuesday, March 14, 2023



The word is that California has been experiencing some wild winter weather.  

The word is correct! 

I have never seen so much snow 

fall at one time 

in the whole time we have lived here.

This looked so pretty outside 

of the Secret Garden 

and I wanted to get a clear photo of it

 but the snow was piled so high against the screen door, 

I couldn't get it open.

It finally stopped snowing 

and has now turned to rain.  

When I was writing this (Monday evening) we were having very loud thunder.  

I don't know which I detest the most.  

I was always so proud to be the first one to yell, "we've got snow"

 and just a little disappointed to see it gone

 in a day or two. 

 May I never feel that way again.

  I don't know how 

the rest of the country survives winter. 

 We did survive in our space

 and did not lose power

 and was not subject to any flooding 

so I feel very fortunate 

and am gearing up for the nasty, gray days left until spring.  

As long as I can keep

 my house clean, the candles hold out and

 the grocery store stocks fresh flowers,

 I know it will get better 

but better, right now, 

seems a long way ahead!

There is one member of the family, however, that is in his element. 

 Rugby love loves the snow 

and will use every trick in the book 

to be able to go outside and play...

...Robin, on the other hand, 

only stays out until 

"the necessaries" are over with.  

In fact, when the steps weren't clear 

she would only use them, 

thank you very much.

It seems like a thousand years ago 

that we did have 

some sunshine between snowstorms,

 and as much as I tried to push my way

 into the spotlight, 

there was only room for two.

We got Rugby's DNA test back

 and found out he is:

43.7% small poodle

15.1% Maltese

9,5% Lhasa Apso

6.5% Pekingese

4.0% Cocker Spaniel

21.2% Super Mutt

100% sweet boy.

Stay warm and safe until next time.


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  1. My Judy, you sure got a lot of snow. I know many people were snowed in up there. It looks so beautiful. So glad your powers did not go out. Rugby is so darling, prancing around the snow. Little Robin just wants to be warm and cozy inside. We had snow one day, but quickly melted. We are getting lots of rain, which we need. Stay warm yourselves.xo

  2. Thanks so much. You have come to me as "anonymous" and you didn't sign your name so I don't know who you are and can't get back to you anyplace other than here. I hope you come back to read this. I don't know why this is happening, there are many coming to me like this and I can't figure it out. Thanks again so much, I really appreciate your visit..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  3. Yikes. Well, it IS gorgeous, that's for sure! I hope you had someone who could help dig you out. I suspect with the rain it won't last long and hope you don't have to deal with flooding. I think you have more than we had all winter combined.

    1. Thanks, Jeanie. I do have to say that the city keeps the roads pretty clear and Jerry had to dig a little on the driveway but our little 4-wheel drive Honda does a pretty good job of getting through it. The rain really knocked it back pretty well..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  4. Oh boy Judy you guys got hit. We have had such weird weather too. Not a lot of snow this winter and above normal temps. I cannot complain we usually see what you had in your pictures quite a bit in our winter months. Not this winter. We got lucky. Little fur babies looks so cute laying together with the sunshine streaming in. Have a great rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. By the looks of today you would never know what was here but it still is really chilly. But the sunshine is so welcome..xxoJudy

  5. Rugby is like our Tundra. He simply loves the snow and its hard to jet him inside. With his thick coat he dont mind at all and with him being white it is sometimes hard to spot him. LOL Glad the flooding did not affect you. Janice

    1. Thanks so much, Janice. How pretty Tundra must look is a sea of white snow. We are safe and sound and with one good day of sunshine, am beginning to think about spring..xxoJudy

  6. Wowwwww Judy what a lt en f snow….I am glad you where ok together with your lovely dogs …love from me Ria and Leaf 🍀💗🐾🍀

    1. Thanks so much, Ria and Leaf too. We are safe and sound and the rain melted most all of the snow and had sunny skies today, so things are looking up..Happy St. Patrick's Day..xxoJudy

  7. Judy,
    While you are getting hammered with snow there, here in NEPA where we usually have snow like you do now, we have hardly had any this Winter...The storms are either going to the north or south of us or to the east or west of us...We were supposed to get s storm last night but it stayed too far east and all we got was a dusting...What a bummer...I wanted at least one decent snow fall before we move on to Spring...But I think the odds are against it...I hope you do not get anymore Snow this season and I would gladly take some off your hands if I could...Stay warm and safe, my friend!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Deb. I don't know why but you are coming to me as anonymous. The rain melted most of the snow and the sun was out today so I am becoming more optimistic..xxoJudy

  8. Wow, Judy, you really did get a lot of snow! It is so pretty, but I know it must feel claustrophobic when you are trapped inside and not able to putter around in the gardens, even in winter. Your little fur-babies are so sweet cuddled up together and so funny out in the snow. Mine is American Eskimo, so when it snows we can't keep him inside. He rolls in it, jumps in it, and digs holes in it, then comes in soaking wet and shakes all over everything if I can't catch him with the towel in hand. I am glad to hear that you escaped the worst of it, though. I've been following the reports of all the flooding and deep snows and oh my, it is so heartbreaking. We here in Washington state usually get those 'Pineapple Express' weather systems and I know how devastating they are. Hopefully things will dry out and warm up soon and you can get back to your usually beautiful weather once more. Sending hugs to you xo K

    1. Thanks so much, Karen. We did have a beautiful day today so I am hopeful. I'm sure we will have more bad weather before spring comes around but, hopefully, not so bad. At least we aren't in a drought now! One good thing about Rugby is that he really loves the towel after his rampage so he comes in and waits until we get it..Stay warm..xxoJudy

  9. I'm so grateful to know you are safe! What an historic winter. California has had to deal with way too much!
    Stay safe, warm, and cozy. Sadie would be like Robin. She doesn't want to get her paws wet, much less cold!

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. Yes, Robin is very happy in her bed in front of the fire or wherever there is a spot of sun. Hopefully we will be getting more of those soon. The rain melted the snow and the sun has come out but it is still chilly but I can see spring in the near future..xxoJudy

  10. Oh goodness, that is a lot of snow!! My kids were in LA a few weeks ago and it was 80 degrees. Then they left and the temperature dropped like a rock. They're so grateful they were there in the warmth. We have enough snow and cold here to deal with on a regular basis, they were excited for a break. I hope you get a break soon and spring brings warmth, color, sunshine and no more snow!! xxoo

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. It was really something to see snow in the LA area. My kids even got a bit on the Capitola beach. Glad your girls got to see good weather. We have been sunny the last couple of days and the rain melted most of the snow. Spring can't be far behind!!xxoJudy

  11. Oh my Judy! That's an awful lot of snow - yikes! What a crazy, long winter it has been. Here in northern KY, we are getting some spring weather in the next few days. I'm so ready! I'm looking forward to opening windows and letting some fresh air in. Our dog is not a winter fan either so our move from WI to KY was like heaven to him, lol. Have a wonderful week - better days are ahead! Jane

    1. Thanks so much, Jane. Here it is the first part of spring and we are now having typical weather, I guess. Still lots of rain but no more snow, thank you very much. Hope it keeps getting better..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

  12. Boy Judy you sure did get dumped on! Wow.. this was a week ago already and I meant to comment sooner. Last week was such a busy week for me. I wonder if you still have the white stuff there or if it's all melted or if you've had even more! And I know alot has melted in areas that are now having flooding. What is going on with this country's weather this year? Our winter has been fairly normal. I think we've had snow of a significant amount just twice.. and a few other times but just an inch or so.. that's my kind of snow! An inch is enough. We've had a little rain but not much. Nights are still pretty cold and I worry about my poor blueberry plants out there in the 20 degree weather. I WAS covering them at night each time it got down so cold.. then took them off as we had some sunshine and warmer nights.. and then all of a sudden, was cold again.. and I forgot to put the sheets over them. So now.. I'm just thinking.. what will be will be with those bushes. I don't even know if they are still alive! I'll be glad when April comes as they maybe I will see some flowers "somewhere".. nothing here yet. Take care of yourselves and keep safe and warm. Hugs.. Marilyn

    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn. We are still having off and on rain but the snow is all gone, FOR NOW! Hope we don't get anymore. It is still fairly cold and have had a few frosty mornings. My butterfly bushes have gotten frost bite twice so hope they come out of it. They are usually pretty hardy here. Seems to be typical spring weather now so hope it gets better soon..Stay warm and well..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

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