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The blogger who posts here as Ron sends in this pic from northern Indiana!
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Nice to meet you, Ron!
I’m glad you don’t post as “Ron Mexico!”
Can’t wait for the snow
I may have to move to Indiana! I LOVE snow and hope we get MORE here than we did last year!
Great picture, Ron!
Thank God. From the headline, I thought Bill White had poked his head up again.
Congrats, Ron. I wish it were snowing down here!
BREAKING NEWS: OLBY will be looking for a new gig for Thanksgiving.
Now I’d love to have that cool hat!
I recall decent snowfall in this part of the state back in the 1970s and early ’80s. It could happen.
Ever the fund raiser I have to be in my job, I can get you that hat for a nice fee.
There was just a short burst of either sleet or tiny hail in Blacksburg. Weird.
They’ve been getting some snow south of us. The C’burg-B’burg game is going to some COLD football.
Thanks for the early winter scene, but if you can keep that in your vicinity till December, I’d appreciate it. I do recall heading back to Blacksburg from NoVa post Thanksgiving in a snowstorm. Had a snow ball fight with other stalled cars on 81 before figuring out that route 11 was an alternate route without the stalled traffic. Once we did get back the burg ,there was all kinds of the stuff on the ground and it proved to be the harbinger of a very long, cold and snowy winter.
Great to “see” you, Ron! Enjoy the snow while it lasts!
My husband and I are going to a B&B tomorrow in Fincastle. We were looking forward to enjoying a bottle of wine on their porch, looking over the fields and up to the beautiful leaves. Alas, with the cold temps I think we’ll be enjoying the scenery from the parlor!
“I recall decent snowfall in this part of the state back in the 1970s and early ’80s. It could happen.”
Growing up in the DC area during those decades, I always envied Roanoke residents because the weather reports always showed the Valley getting 150% of whatever we received in the capital area, and oftentimes large snowfalls when we had nothing. Ever since I moved here, DC seems to be the bullseye while we get rain.
Hopefully, that pattern will reverse itself again soon!
I’m OK without snow. I got my BA at Albany State(SUNYA) and stayed on for another few years. Snowfall of 30″ and more per storm, temperatures in the minus 20 area, one 10 day period without the weather rising above zero, and that was when I was a LOT younger. No thanks.
I loved Albany and the Helderbergs, Ballston Spa, and Saratoga, Glens Falls and a host of other places, and would go back in a heartbeat for a few weeks in fall or spring. At the moment, though, Bedford is where I want to be. It has the natural beauty of the Adirondacks without the murderous cold. I can remember trying to start a new car when it was -28 F. Fahgedaboutit! That was, IIRC, 1968, and the memory, if not the exact date, is fresh frozen in my mind.
My wife is from downstate NY, but her family has homes at Lake George. We have frequently spent New Years Eve at the Lake. I really like that part of NY. I especially enjoy the hiking and fishing the area offers.
It will be gone by Sunday. Enjoy your stay at the B & B. Perhaps you can enjoy the wine by the fireplace.
Where I live in Northern Indiana we get what are called Lake Effect snows. Winds coming out of Canada blow across Lake Michigan. If they are more north to south then the wind picks up the water from the lake and often times drops it near where I live in the form of snow. Temps have to be just right. Today was between 32 & 39 degrees most of the day. The bands of snow typically are narrow. Ten miles east of where I was today there was no snow. It’s quirky, but we live with it.
For the record — last winter was the sixth snowiest on record here in Roanoke, going back to at least 1947, 43 inches. (Snow records are scant before then, but some historical data shows it may have been the eighth snowiest dating to 1912) Whether that it is the start of a new trend of snowy winters like the 1960s, or just a blip in a relatively snowless period, only time will tell.
Hey Ron, did you get a bowl of soup with that hat?
No! just a cup of hot chocolate.
That’s neat that your dad came in for a visit.
While I would love to have had him visit, my dad died in 1968.
Lori, I hope you have a great time at your B&B! Have you ever tried the MIllstone Tearoom for dinner? We’re headed there for dinner tonight, and my local geography isn’t very good, but if it’s not too far a drive from your place it’s a nice little restaurant in the middle of nowhere Bedford County with beautiful mountain views.
Charlie, I’m with you. Being from up North, I’ve had sufficient snowfall to last me a while.
Suzie, glad to see you haven’t given up on finding new and exciting ways to utterly fail on this blog. Your commitment to fail might be the single way in which you overachieve. As you’re so direly in need of a hobby, allow me to suggest tatting.
Kristen… You had me in stitches with the Tatting reference! (pun intended)
Kristen, we first tried to go to Pomegranate, but they were booked. So we headed to Rhein River Inn and OMG it was wonderful!! I got the sauerbraten and red cabbage, while my husband ordered the gypsy schnitzel and German potato salad. We had the Black Forest Delight for dessert. Everything was wonderful, and we were so full afterward. For anyone that has not tried Rhein River Inn, I recommend that you go hungry because the portions are HUGE!
Our stay at Fincastle Vineyards & Bed & Breakfast was great – it’s a very pretty inn and we loved it! The property looks out over pasture, and there’s a nice big porch with a telescope for stargazing.
Lori… Where is the Rhein River Inn? Fincastle?
If you like German fare you would love the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV. It’s a good 3 1/2 hours from here but they have a lovely B&B and the food is outstanding!
#21 & 22 Suzie attempts to remove foot from mouth.
#25 Watch out there, Lori, it-who’s-name-shall-not-be-spoken will upbraid you for raving about a German meal like it’s something new and exciting and then will question why you spent money there when you could have pigged out big time with the hogs at GC. I’m not making this stuff up; it’s done it before.
Anyway, sounds like a nice getaway.
That may require surgery on her part.
I can relate to the “Lake effect”. I did Boot camp in Dec in Great Lakes, Il. Easily the coldest winter I have ever experienced, including Buffalo NY and Davis, WV. The wind coming off the great lakes is so incredibly cold I still shiver thinking about it. Great Lakes made last winter in Roanoke seem like a tropical paradise.
BTW, that is one stylish lid you’re wearing. Bonus style points.
All Ron needs is an apron and a butcher block and he could be a country-store owner from the 1930s.
Lori, so glad you liked it! Recommending restaurants always makes me nervous. I’m already looking forward to going back with company around Christmas. Yum. Your weekend sounded perfect.
Lynda, based on the pic of the klatsch we dug up, tatting seemed the way to go.
“All Ron needs is an apron and a butcher block and he could be a country-store owner from the 1930s.”
Perhaps when I retire in a couple of years Suzie. Seems like an honorable occupation to me.
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