Granted, it's not as much as the dear folks out in the mid-west have had over the last week (bless their souls), but it's enough to knock down trees and power lines. And it's our second ice storm in the past few days.
Here are a few shots from the yard:
Burning bush berries:
Our poor white birch:
Our poor clump birch:
Our poor weeping willow and white pines:
Mr. Chickadee at the feeder:
Mr. Titmouse above the feeder:
It's still cold and raining (at 32 degrees, still cold enough to add to our ice accumulation), so I suspect we'll get even more ice build-up. And we've been given wind advisories for the rest of the day (supposedly getting wind gusts up to 40 mph again).
That's not good. Accumulated ice + high winds = mega tree damage.
I must say, though, that I've found a small silver lining in the freeze: hand warmers.
When I was outside taking pictures, I didn't wear gloves (it was above 30 degrees after all -- who needs gloves when it's so warm???).
But my camera is metal, and metal cools quickly and retains the cold, and my poor stubby fingers got numb fast.
I do have a hand-warmer mug, btw (a gift from a friend after I broke my hand last year). If you want to see it or read about it, click here.
But that's not what I'm talking about.
When I came in from outside, all I had to do was announce to the ten hopeful eyes looking up at me, who wants to be my hand-warmer?
And I had five living volunteers clamoring to be the first to bring life to my stone-cold hands.
There's nothing like the warmth of a Lab to lessen winter's chill and bring life to the soul.
'Til next time,