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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Day Two April 2022 Blizzard (April 13, 2022) Dispatch from Red Oak House

Day Two April 2022 Blizzard (April 13, 2022)  

Dispatch from Red Oak House

Mostly I shoveled snow, trying to keep ahead of it. 

Spotted lots of birds, including a Sharp-Shinned Hawk flyby and some Turkey Vultures taking shelter in the neighborhood trees.  My siblings & relatives elsewhere in North Dakota were texting me photos of the snow at their houses (family in other parts of the country were saying they were not sorry to not be in North Dakota). 

I dug out the driveway and the pickup and watched the first neighbor on our block roll out his snowblower. Otherwise, no action on our block until the neighbor on the other side rolled out his snowblower. Not much action on our block otherwise. I can hear the nearby train, and the snowplows on Ward Road. Oh and I cooked a chicken vegetable porridge for supper from what we have here in the pantry and refilled the bird feeders again and again -- with pleasure. 

Here are a few snapshots from my collection of the winter of 1996-1997 in southwestern North Dakota. 

Chelsea and Rachel 1996 

My nieces 1996 

And this, this is what winter looked like in Slope County, North Dakota circa 1935. Blizzards with no electricity and phones ya big babies! That's my Mom in the photo. 

Lillian Silbernagel, my Grandma, my namesake, Slope County 

My Mom ca 1940s early 1950s the Slope County shelterbelt
 and her dog -- in the snow.

Until her very last days my Mother was so worried about the drought and I feel that this moisture-laden storm is -- I admit this is my own weirdness -- maybe coming from Mom and my Slope County ancestors via the Pacific Northwest and Colorado and it is bringing misery to many on the open prairie ....but but but ...

And this is so self-indulgent but when this blizzard is over do I have to brush my hair? 

This morning I could see the Buddha and tonight she is gone in the snow and that is good.....

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