Our first full-timing white Christmas

This is the first White Christmas since 1947 for Kannapolis, NC.  Forecasters predicted the snowfall duration and start time much earlier in the day.  A few skeptics in our house held out until the last, denying this was likely to happen.

History supported them well — many times the weather guessers predict snow that doesn’t fall.  If a little is good, a lot is better.  We’re facing an all-day snow today.  And we wouldn’t mind if it piled on big time.  Can’t play tennis on wet courts anyway, much less on snow-covered ones.

We wouldn’t have expected, as a couple of full-timers, to find ourselves in an all-day snowfall.  But why not?  This past May 2010 we awoke to an inch of snow in the NPS campground at Grand Canyon’s North Rim.  This Christmas we flew out of Phoenix AZ direct to Charlotte NC.  It was 81 degrees in Phoenix when we left, and we arrived to the coldest night (13 degrees) for December 14 in Charlotte’s history.

Tennis racquets and warm fleeces all are in our luggage.  And all have been in very good use.  I guess we expected we would play tennis.  And didn’t expect snow so much as cold temperatures.  This has been a great treat for us and for our granddaughter, Eleanor.  The snow is beautiful.  Later today Eleanor and her dad will probably make a snow person.  Until then, we have these snow pictures.

Dogwood tree delicately frosted with fresh snow

Muscadine grape supports snowy burden

Next year's Christmas Card

Don't let it STOP!

It’s 09:30 Sunday morning, the day after Christmas.  Snow is still falling, adding to the more than 12 hours snowfall we’ve already had.  This isn’t creating a large accumulation.  A lot of excitement it is creating, though.

See you down the snow-covered road!

Jim and Debbie
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