Even though we are just over a month into winter, the cold and snowy weather just arrived over the weekend. There was the odd bit of snow in December but overall it was a nice month. The first big storm of winter which arrived on January 19th, saw 15+ cm of snow cover the ground. An Arctic vortex also bought bitterly cold weather with temperatures getting down to -30 Celsius.
Another Colorado low is moving through today, January 23rd, bringing about +5 cm of snow. The temperatures are rising to just about 0 Celsius and that snow will turn to rain as the day goes on. I’m sure there will be icy conditions after that.
Edit: The rain came down in the early afternoon, made a bigger mess of things, then of course it got colder and froze that rain, leading to messy and icy roads on Jan. 24. Now that rain is turning back to snow. Oh well, there was no reason to go out anyway.
For so many years we had to drive to work regardless of the weather. But since retiring we have the good fortune to stay home on days like this.
Most photos were taken through the windows as it was just too darn cold to go outside. Even though the gardens are buried in snow, remember that the roots of all plants are under the ground convincing themselves that warmer weather will come in a few months.
This birdhouse, visible from the window is awaiting the arrival of the wrens in early spring. There are lots of winter visitors to the feeders – chickadees, juncos, sparrows, doves, bluejays, cardinals, woodpeckers and nuthatches
This downy woodpecker is enjoying some peanuts. We also see hairy woodpeckers, and red bellied woodpeckers. And occasionally we see the pileated woodpeckers.
Winter weather means lots of time for crafting. Above is the progress on a virus shawl. I love working this crochet pattern. It was a bit of a challenge at first but now the rows are automatic and the shawl is growing quickly.
I’m also working on some washer necklaces, another shawl, a recycled cd project and some luggage tags. Photos are always taken of the steps along the way. I’ll share these projects at another time.
There is always something to learn and I’ve also been updating my WordPress skills since they have updated since my last posting before Christmas.
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What do you do in winter weather?