Sunday, February 9, 2014

Still in the deep freeze

I know we're not alone in being stuck in the depths of winter. I had planned to start some little things inside to put out in the greenhouse in February.  Well... it's February and we're still having overnight temps in the minus teens.  I don't care how hardy something is, it's not gonna survive overnight with temps like that.  The sun is shining today so I'll try to get out there and water while it has the chance to be warm.  I did have a few little spinach seedlings that had somehow survived out there but I haven't checked recently.
But, I'm an optimist and this afternoon (after belly dancing class) I'm going to start some kale, chard and lettuce for the greenhouse.  Maybe by March it will be warm enough for it to survive.

I'll be honest, I'm getting tired of cold weather.  And snow.  I know there are people struggling with ice and I'm grateful that we haven't had to deal with that this year.  And there are people struggling with crippling drought.  We'll take the moisture we're getting with the snow. I just wish it wasn't so regular.  It seems like every three of four days we get another inch or four of snow.  And the wind this year seems particularly nasty.  But enough of complaining about the weather.  It has it's beauty as well.
Sunrise this morning, shining off the frost on the trees.  Stunning!
 I caught this guy at the bird feeder yesterday.  By the time I got the camera he was up the tree, eating snow off the branch.  Must have needed to wash down all that birdseed.
The titmouse is fluffed up against the cold.   I do think they are adorable.

Things haven't been totally rosy here.  We've had some bad news and a few problems around the house.  A friend of ours slipped on his basement stairs, fell and hit his head and now is minimally responsive in a coma.  That was over a week ago and not much change in his condition.  We're all hoping and praying for the best.  And my cousin's husband got his hand in the table saw while working on a project and ended up losing a couple of fingers.  (those things terrify me every time!)  We've been lucky in that we are all healthy.
A few "mechanical" glitches around the house involving a non-working furnace this morning (intake vent blocked by snow!) and a clogged sewer pipe last week.  The sewer issues, of course, necessitated a trip to the home improvement store in the middle of a snowstorm to get a 40 ft sewer rod and poor V working outside at the clean-out pipe in terrible, snowy, windy, single digit weather. But all those problems we (or should I say V) were able to fix ourselves.
I have been working out much more regularly.  Justine and I hope to do a few runs this summer while she's home, including another shot at a zombie run.  Maybe I can survive this year!  Regardless, I do need to get in better shape and I've been working on it.  My schedule is 30 minutes on the elliptical 3 days a week, 20 minute zumba with the x-box two days, belly dance class one day and a day off.  We'll see how long I can keep that up.  I missed a day last week because of the sewer problems but I'm trying....

All in all, we're doing OK.  Hope you are all faring as well in the seemingly endless winter.


  1. Ugh, I'm getting pretty darned sick of our snow too. Can't WAIT for spring. Good for you on the working out...wish I could get my but it gear :(
    We've had LOTS of Juncos lately, but not sure where the tit mouse population has gone...they are so cute with that little tuft of feathers on their head!

    1. This is one of only a few titmouses (titmice??) I've seen this year. We have seemingly hundreds of juncos, chickadees and goldfinches but the other 'regulars' have been few. I have spotted a few purple finches out there recently. But, amazingly, not even a ton of sparrows. Who knows.

  2. After getting nearly buried in snow, we haven't had any in a couple of weeks except for 3" last weekend. Now we're just stuck in the deep freeze. Way below zero every night and only a couple of degrees above during the day. Somehow, it doesn't bother us much. I guess you can get used to anything. We just dress like (or at least look like) Big Foot when we have to go out. We sure are going through more wood for heating than we had ever expected though. Eeeep!

    Kudos for sticking to your exercise program! Sure seems a lot harder in the winter than in the summer, doesn't it?

  3. If you can stick to an exercise program in the winter, then you have it made. This frigid temperature does not make me want to get up and boogie, I can tell you that. However, when you have critters to look after, you have to suck it up and get out there. I just hope I don't fall over in all these winter layers. I may not be found until spring...


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