Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Again. This is getting past the point of being funny. I am particularly annoyed with the whole thing because for the last week or so, and for some time in the future, I am family chauffeur, fire maker, cook and bottle washer. My husband, poor guy, has a pinched nerve in his back and is pretty well totally incapacitated. I think we got the bulk of the medical appointments over today, though, so we may be able to ride out the next day and a half (length of predicted weather inversion). We have plenty of food and good books and are not totally dependent on the electricity. Although, if the lines go down, I will have to run the generator too. Oh, joy.

The one thing this miserable series of warm fronts and freezing rain has done is to turn our local woods and roads into a spectacle. It looks like a Disney set for the Snow Queen - huge blobs of snow frozen to all the trees and fences, large and small. Lovely. And most of the inevitable breakage around here has been of small branches. Not nearly the damage of the '98 storm that took out 60% of the limbs of the maples in the sugar bush.

This is what the bush looked like last week, before the latest storm added another six inches of fluff.

In the meantime, I will get back to blogging as soon as I get the Christmas cards done - that is, I will if the ice does not bring down the Internet connection.


  1. I love that you're still plugging away at Christmas cards! I do not love ice storms. This has been one freaky January, weather-wise.

  2. Here's hoping that the ice leaves your internet connection alone. It's always nice to see a post from you, Mary!

    I do love the way things look after an ice storm. We had a doozy of one last year, and I got some photos that quite pleased me. But I don't like driving on the roads in the ice, or worrying about power lines, or falling tree limbs.

    As for Christmas cards, I realized at some point that it was completely beyond me to ever successfully send them out in bulk. I occasionally will send one to my uncle, or give one to someone with a gift. Other than that, I just don't even try. (I'd still be working cards from 3 years ago.)

  3. Those are pretty pictures. We've gotten virtually nothing in the way of precip this year.

    (ducks and runs)

  4. Please keep all of that wintry stuff to yourselves. It was 60 degrees F here in NEO yesterday; 50 today. This has been such a lovely, lovely winter, so uncharacteristically warm and sunny for Ohio. I'm terribly sorry about your weather, but do not care to share it.

  5. At least todays f-rain has not eventuated to any great degree, at least not thisaway. I really should take some pictures but can't quite seem to get around to it.

  6. wow, you are having a winter. I hope your husband mends soon.

  7. Sorry to hear about your husband's trapped nerve.
    I know what it is like to run after a sick husband, especially as I'm not always well myself!

    The snow makes lovely photos but I hate the stuff.
    Hope husband gets well very soon.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May