Friday, January 20, 2012

Not the fun kind of snow

More than a quarter million people lost power during this week's snow and ice storms, mostly due to ice-covered trees and branches falling on power lines. It'll be days before all get their power back. I feel lucky not to be among them, especially given the number of trees around my house.
 I took these photos today after the thaw started. That dark brown line at the bottom is my six-foot fence. Evergreen branches are designed to bend downwards under a load of snow. Then the snow slides off, unless it turns to ice. As temperatures fluctuated all week and we were bombarded with snow and balls of freezing rain, the layers of snow and ice alternated.
Those horizontal branches are the bamboo that normally stands straight. 

Little chicken house on the prairie. Several times I dug pathways to get there without my boots' filling with snow.

Private freeway.

Private potty corner.

And in the middle of the storm--
--one hibiscus blossom on my eleven-and-a-half year old plant, named The Death Plant because it was given to me when my husband died. 


  1. Alanis and Miro seem to like the snow.

    We usually lose power in bad weather.

  2. You guys got a ton of snow! I hope everybody gets their power back soon! I can't believe that flower bloomed, it is beautiful!!

  3. OH my, I'm glad you still have your power! That would be one cold week. It's beautiful and destructive at the same time.

    I'm glad the pups seem to enjoy it.
    Stay safe.

  4. So pretty, yet such a pain in the butt.
    Glad you are all doing okay. We just had slush...super slushy and boring.


  5. That's good you still have power! Earlier this year it snowed over here and our pipes froze and we had rolling blackouts. Not very fun. Stay safe and warm!

    yuki and rocket

  6. It's always so pretty and then....the horrid thaw, stay safe and warm! xo

  7. Have fun in the snow Alanis and Miro!
    What a beautiful hibiscus flower.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  8. Pleased to hear you have not lost power.
    Have lots of fun in the snow. All we got is rain and winds again!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  9. Snow does not look fun to me!
    Glad you don't have problems!
    It is awesome to see the beautiful flower in the middle of the cold snow!
    Happy weekend!
    Kisses and hugs

  10. Yikes, that is a lot of snow. So glad you have power! It *does* look like your beautiful Alanis and Miro are enjoying the white stuff, though...