Thursday, February 10, 2011

We Are Not In Kansas

Snow!  Last week's 1/2 inch of powdery frozen water, the first in longer than anyone remembers.  Pretty, fun, and gone by noon. In the midst of THREE DAYS BELOW FREEZING.  

No ice/snow removal equipment in south Texas... freeways closed Austin south through San Antonio, no garbage pickup, newspaper or school.

My friends up north may snicker... 28*F is a warm January day in Calgary. 

But no one in south Texas owns a heated birdbath.  And I had to switch out the hummingbird feeder every hour to keep it liquid.  I was afraid the whole time, for the birds and our plumbing.

At the end, we all came through fine.
Subadult male rufous hummingbird, taken the day after the freeze broke, still here from December 31, 2010.
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  1. We had two years of snow. This and last year. It was about 25 years before that since we had anything of the like. But everyone starts shouting about the Roads Authorities being ill prepared. But the real worry for us is the water pipes, and them bursting. Ours did just that in the 80's and came down in the hot press ruining everything.
    I glad you didn't have any of that nightmare.

  2. I'm all used up for snow. In awe of snow as a child, it holds no more romance for me. Snow almost killed me twice, and injured me several times. If I never saw another flake of snow for the rest of my life, I'd be happy. There. Push me on the topic, and I'll tell you how I really feel about it.

    The positive flip side - I look forward to the warm days of spring with great anticipation!

  3. What is this world coming to? SNOW in Texas? Next year it will snow in Miami.

  4. At least you didn't have any historic cold temperatures, plus some near-record cold temps, with that snow. WE did, -5F to -20F in central NM, even down to White Sands...yuck...NO MAS!

    Spring cannot come fast enough in NM!

  5. I've missed you and am glad that you're back with some spectacular photos. That hummingbird is unbelievable!

  6. Wow! How amazing for you guys! I'm giggling a little bit, because we get our fair share here, but snow is magical wherever you are - ESPECIALLY if you NEVER get any!

  7. I'm back, Kathleen! I received a new laptop today, so no more viruses or trouble accessing your blog page. Hooray!

    I was starting to have trouble accessing some other pages, too, so I suppose it was some sort of virus.

    Hope all is well. Love you!


  8. Lovely photographs Kathleen, sorry that the bird bath and plumbing were frozen but the snow does look pretty.
    We finally had some rain last night, not much, just enough to wet the leaves.
    Maybe we shall get some snow here in Winter, that would be a 'first'. xoxoxo ♡

  9. It's amazing how used to home one becomes over time. I've tried to explain to eastern acquaintances, for example, that living in Tornado Alley is no big deal. That's why we have basements. When something out of the ordinary happens, everyone freaks out.


  10. The cold did make for beautiful pictures here! We've had 6 weeks of sunny, dry days here in CA. I am ready for some rain.
    x0 N2


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