Last night, the temps had gotten warm enough for me to scrape all of the ice off the back deck.
Well, after my six hours of sleep, I was just too tired to deal with the snow, so I shoveled just a little path so the boys and I could go outside without getting all wet in the snow!
As I was looking at weather sites online today, I came across a question someone wrote in that I had also wondered about….HOW can ice and icicles melt when the temperatures have been so bitterly cold? Well, there is this “thing” known as sublimation! Sublimation means that ice can change from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid phase. This happens when the air is extremely dry. Now, you know! Isn’t that grand?
I took this picture this afternoon….all of the tracks in the snow are from deer. At this point, the snow is well above my knees, and I am not necessarily prone to shoveling little paths in the woods to stroll on a winter’s day! But, wouldn’t a snowmobile be fun? Perhaps next year, *IF* we get *real* snow again!
As the sun began to head over the western mountain, I just couldn’t resist the pattern in the snow….the trees casting their shadows was so pretty.
I did spend a couple of hours outside today, shoveling snow and cleaning off the truck and Explorer….grrr…..yes, the Explorer was left outside. Somehow, I was clueless to the latest bout of snow! It wasn’t too bad, although it looked like we got about 5 inches. Mark said there wasn’t that much, as when he plowed, the driveway had more like maybe 3 inches on it. It doesn’t matter, as my poor little shovel and I worked our way through about 8 or 10 inches where the snow all drifted in the yard and around the buildings. Ah well, that is how I am working out this winter!
Most of today was spent inside the house looking out. The weather station at the ski mountain is saying that our current wind speed is about 8 MPH. I would like to beg to differ, as it is bitter, BITTER out there! The wind keeps whistling around the house, and it sounds like more than 8 MPH! The current temperature is all of 8 degrees, so with that wind, it is unbearable!
I have decided that I really need to work on some kind of a bird feeder so I can resume feeding the birds. Last winter, I used a window mounted feeder on the second story bedroom window, but in the spring, it took some serious scrubbing to wash all the pooh off the siding. I don’t want to do that again, but need to think of something that will discourage squirrels. (and bears!)