Well, due to a cutting board incident, I have a broken toe. Thus, my view of the world was limited to looking out of this window from morning to night, this week. And, it was a pleasant view, at that, especially with the stained glass addition;-) I spent a lot of time icing and elevating my toe!
I am so bummed. It will be about 8 weeks until I have a fully functional foot, but at least mud season will just about be over by then!
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
|Check out this mess coming our way. The snow has begun at 9pm!|
Snow: We got 2.5" of snow followed by some icing today.
|Looking toward the north end of the pond.|
I must say that I was chilled to the bone during my entire 1.26 mile pond walk. There was a light, 8 mph breeze from the south which brought the windchill down to 9F, and I just couldn't warm up.
Talk about a low contrast afternoon. The sky was clouding over due to the impending storm, and I had a difficult time seeing the variations in snow depth while walking on the pond surface. I had to tread carefully as I occasionally hit a raised area of snow without seeing it, and almost went down several times.
|Snow beaver mounds in the distance??? What???|
|Snow beaver mounds up close.|
|South facing side of the only active beaver lodge on the pond.|
|East facing side of the beaver lodge|
Then, I checked out a few duck boxes. This one is on the north end of the pond, just west of the beaver lodge.
|The trail is now closed and we don't get the needed snowmobiles through|
to pack down the trail. Thus, it is now too rough for me to walk on.
This really limits walking in the woods which used to be my
favorite wintertime activity.
|My foot print where it broke through to water.|
I decided to check out one more duck box before heading home, and walked toward the south end of the pond. This tree has given me so many good memories as I have seen birds nesting in this box, and on the branches nearby, over the years.
We took our Greyhounds for a walk along the Papermill Trail today. This trail is easy on my wobbly knees as it has been packed down by snowmobiles, hence it is one of our favorite winter walking destinations (being only a 20 minute drive from home.)
|View through the fencing alongside the trail|
We were pleased to see chunks of ice coursing through the water as the current was swift. It was such a pretty sight. Check out all the sediment that is also being carried (eroded as my students would say;-) This is why the water looks brown.
We finally got the stained glass piece, Kantyi, hung in the massage room window. It is beautiful.
|Full sun through the window at 11 am.|
|Kantyi with the blinds closed behind it at 11 am|
|Center of Kantyi at 11 am|
Sunday, February 14, 2016
|Predicted outdoor temperatures and windchill from |
9pm Saturday Feb 13 through 9 am Sunday, Feb. 14.
3:32am EST, Sun Feb 14And here's how the rest of the day is going to shape up. Whooo Hoo! The afternoon temp. is going to rise to a high of 6F with a toasty windchill of only -9F! Heat wave;-)
... WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING...
* HAZARD TYPES... DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL READINGS.
* WIND CHILL... AS LOW AS 34 BELOW DUE TO TEMPERATURES 2 BELOW TO 10 BELOW ZERO... AND WINDS NORTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* TIMING... SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS... FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA IF UNPROTECTED FROM THE COLD. LOWER VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW ARE EXPECTED ALSO.
* WINDS... NORTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES... 2 BELOW TO 10 BELOW ZERO.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
|Predicted outdoor temps and windchills for Valentine's Day!|
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
|Kagiso (which means "peace" in Swahili)|
is one of Roberta's earliest pieces, and is my
|Kantyi (means "simple" - an Australian Aboriginal design)|
This photo was taken with no light behind it.
|Kantyi was held up to the ceiling light with the upper half|
of it illuminated. I can't wait to see it in the window!
Friday, February 5, 2016
|We were in the 3 to 5 inch range at 7am. Then, at 10 am, we were in the|
4 to 8 inch range. Finally, at 12:30 pm, we have been upgraded to
the 6 to 10 inch range for snowfall.
We were getting almost exactly 1" of snow per hour from 7 am through 12:30 pm, but now we are getting over 1" per hour and had 6.5 " of snow at 1 pm.
We are back to 1" per hour and have 7.5" at 2 pm.
We have 9" of snow at 3:30 pm.
We have 9.5" at 4:45 pm. A snowmobile just went screaming by, at quite a fast speed, on the road.