Wishing for Good Snow

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on January 9, 2013 · 33 comments

in Wednesday Hops,Wordful Wednesday,Wordless Wednesday

It may be winter, but Mother Nature is still needing to adjust her menopausal meds, since she’s apparently looking at an upcoming hot flash this weekend.  Both Princess Nagger and I keep hoping for a round of good snow – you know, like what we had in February 2010 where she was able to have fun like a penguin:

We’ve been severely lacking on the snow front since then, just some teasers – like this past Christmas Eve when we got about an inch or two (which melted the next day):

That was followed by a couple of inches of sideways blowing snow the day after Christmas Day:

Naturally that melted during the next few days, and was followed by another couple of inches of fluffy wet snow a few days later on December 29th:

Snow always pretties up winter gray – but the last couple of years Mother Nature has been stingy with her disbursement of snow in our area – we’ve just not gotten enough in quite a while. 

Aside from hoping for some decent playable snow for the kids, I have my own selfish reasons for wanting a “good” snow – you know, like six inches or more.  I’d actually be very happy with a foot or more.  Why?  Because I have a batch of 30 bottles of champagne that are patiently waiting for me to finish them. 

I still need to do a lees removal process called disgorging (dégorgement in French) where I freeze just the necks of the bottles (that have been ‘riddled’ upside down for a time to let the sediment from the final fermentation (that creates all the delicious sparkling bubbles) settle into the neck. 

Then, when I freeze the necks of the bottles, I can open the current crown cap closures to expel the frozen sediment, add a dosage (top it off with a unique mix of wine/brandy/sugar to top it off and sweeten it just a smidge without restarting fermentation again) then cork them with official champagne corks, and wire them up.

See, this is where my mind is – if I had a a foot of snow, I could stick all the bottles in a snow drift upside down so I could easily freeze the necks and disgorge them one right after the other – rather than make an ice slurry with rock salt and ice in the bottom of a bucket where I might be lucky to fit 4 bottles at a time, which would take forever. 

And besides, the disgorging process really should be done outside since it could potentially make a big mess with showering champagne, so doing it in the snow would be a win/win.  In my mind.

Are you wishing for some good snow this winter like I am?

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1 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman January 9, 2013 at 4:40 am

I don’t know about all that snow. It looks awfully cold and wet. lol
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2 EdT. January 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

“I have my own selfish reasons for wanting a “good” snow – you know, like six inches or more. I’d actually be very happy with a foot or more. Why? Because I have a batch of 30 bottles of champagne that are patiently waiting for me to finish them. ”

When I read this, I thought “Wow, 30 bottles? That’s gonna be one painful hangover!”

Glad to hear that “finish” doesn’t mean “finish off”! Happy WW!
~EdT.
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3 Molly January 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

We rarely get beautiful snow here, it tends to be icy and slushy but not that lovely blanket of pure white

Mollyxxx
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4 Rosey January 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

Any snow we get here, you can have it…gladly. :)

5 Sheryl January 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

That dinosaur looks awfully cold!
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6 keiths rambllings January 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

We’ve avoided it so far!

7 Beth F January 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

Love the dino shot! On his way to extinction?
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8 Karla T. January 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

Booze is the only good reason for me to want snow :)
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9 VandyJ January 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

It’s getting soft, but we still have about 6 inches of snow and, in places three inches of ice. More snow it slated for Friday. So much better than last year when we were hitting the 50s right now and the snow was just a memory.
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10 Xandra January 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

I’m with you Stacy, we are hoping for lots of snow here too. We were at my grandmother’s for Christmas and got 5 inches which was fun.

The storms of 2010 that you mentioned came when I was pregnant with Chloe – I believe we had 3 record making snowfalls that winter and it made this pregnant mama SO HAPPY!

I get my love of snow from my mom (who also experienced a record snow storm when she was pregnant with me), and I’m happy to say that Chloe has inherited this as well.

I say, bring it on!
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11 Charlotte January 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

I’m hoping for snow too as Bob will be old enough to play in it this year. Love the photo where you have made it snow!!! Fab!!!

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12 Linda January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

I love snow and want a big storm too! There’s something about snow that evokes a sense of peace. I love being trapped in the house with my family. Doing the snow dance here!
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13 Michele January 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

Here’s hoping you get snow. *lifts glass of wine*
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14 JamericanSpice / Colette S January 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I’m glad you got a bit of snow.
I would love to experience a full snow holiday. I mean I do not like it cold at all, but it would be nice.

I hope you get a good show before spring.
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15 Lisa January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I know, I had very similar thoughts myself today, about the snow!
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16 Alissa Apel January 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

We’ve had a good snow. We’re supposed to get ice sometime this week. I don’t mind the snow when it happens. I just hate the slushy black snow in the street afterwards.
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17 Denise January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Your pictures are wonderful…. we never have much snow, to far south I guess.
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18 Gina B January 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

You are not seriously rooting for a foot of snow!! Augh, what if we get it worse up here in Allentown??? :) But we did LOVE the Christmas break snow storm, that was the bomb!
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19 Heather's Happenings January 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I know winter has been crazy. They are calling for 60′s this weekend.
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20 Mimi January 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Sigh, there’s hardly a trace of snow here in VA. How is it I actually miss the MN snow? lol It looks beautiful in those pictures!
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21 Ellen Thrifty & Chic Mom January 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I have never heard of that process so cool! We have had great snow but it has been lacking the last few years, here’s hoping for more snow for you!
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22 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Wow, you learn something new every day! I didn’t even know that such a process existed! Well, in that case, I’ll pray a ton of snow comes after the little heat spell, huh? ;-)
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23 Ellen Christian January 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Nope we have snow & I am tired of it.
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24 ❤ Julie Maloney ❤ (Momspective) January 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Those are beautiful! I wish it would snow, it’s like 60 out here. I appreciate the warmth and all but I miss the snow I used to play in as a kid.
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25 Sarah January 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I never feel like it’s Winter or the Holidays without some decent snow. I hope we get a couple good storms this year. Love the dinosaur shot too!
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26 Jack January 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Those pictures were great. No snow in LA, so without pix I might not ever see it.
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27 Felicia January 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I’m right there with you! So far even your sprinkle is more than we’ve seen. What is the dealio?!
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28 Joanne January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Beautiful shots!! Such beauty!
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29 Mary/kyooty January 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I’ve got some snow up here… :P
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30 Kim January 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Very pretty pics! We haven’t gotten a good snow since this time in 2011, and have only seen a few flurries this winter. That’s almost fine by me, though. I’m looking forward to our “hot flash” this weekend – highs in the 70s! I am so ready for spring it’s not even funny! Though if we do have to suffer with bone-chillingly cold weather, I am hoping it will bring with it just a brief bit of snow.

31 Alethea January 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Your photos are beautiful. Although, I can’t imagine that much snow except on special occasions.
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32 Nicholle Olores January 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I have never been experience snow here in our place but I am hoping so much to have once in a year because we are in a tropical weather and it is impossible for us to have snow here.
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