Most of the nation is in the same boat with this winter storm. It’s cold, icy, and dangerous out there. So this is the fourth day we’ve been inside. And cabin fever has descended.
Okay. Okay. The temperatures are much colder, the winter much longer, and the ice much thicker in many northern states. But I purposely do not live in those areas.
After hearing sleet fall most of Wednesday night, on Thursday morning we awoke to what is referred to as a “winter wonderland”. Except, that white stuff is deceiving. Instead of snow, it is ice with a fine coating of snow powder.
Beside the flowerbed, there is a hidden sidewalk. It’s also a hidden menace.
Thursday was overcast and in the low 20’s. This is the first year that the Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum) has retained its yellow leaves past the heat of August. It’s a reassuring sight that I hope means its roots have become established.
This Texas Ash or Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) also has kept its leaves through many high winds.
A snow/ice covered road on the ridge looks fun to travel on, but it’s iffy even in good weather.
Love this evergreen Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana).
On Saturday the sunlight peeked out of the clouds long enough to make shadows on the white ground. This small Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) had long shadows at midday.
Today, Sunday, the temperature rose to 37 by noontime. Skittering leaves travel above the hard packed ice.
To keep from going stir crazy, we take a walk.
We didn’t slip, slide too much. In the sun, the ice had melted just enough to walk on. In the shady areas, it was still slick.
Tonight this will all freeze again. It will probably still be too treacherous to travel tomorrow.
This has been an unusual weather year for us. In January we had ice, but that’s when we usually have some cold weather and ice. In November and December we had ice storms. In my mind, the snow storm while we were in South Dakata in October counts for us, too. Now the question is: what do the coming winter months have in store for us?
Update – today, Monday, Dec. 9:
Still have the ice. Now a heavy fog and icy wind is forming ice on the trees.
If ice forms on the power lines, it could mean a power outage. It looks like we’ll be here for awhile. So glad we bought groceries and propane for the fireplace.
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