Technically, it's not even winter yet

Here are a few pictures from last Thursday night's ice storm in NH. We were without power for about 3 days - while others are still waiting it out. We camped out with family and shuffled back in forth to avoid all food spoiling or pipes bursting.
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Our neighborhood is filled with these beautiful tall pines that become really scary in weather like this.
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Luckily, we avoided any damage to our property, but our neighbors weren't so fortunate. Did you know winter doesn't even begin officially until December 21st!? I wasn't going to post my new header until then but somehow it seemed silly to wait given the weather.

It's a very different scene today. Several inches of snow that might turn over to sleet and ice tonight. I'm holed up painting for a new book - trying to get it done before the end of the year!