Lucy does not like ice and snow. Strange because she loved romping in the snow when we lived in WI. But now she stays inside as much as possible when we have ice and snow.
One of her favorite spots to curl up is the foyer
Unless the fire is burning. Then she chooses to be near the warm hearth
I have hesitated in the past to use the word "cold" weather in deference to our daughter in WI and our son in Indiana. But when we have sub-zero, record-setting temperatures I feel entitled to use the word. When the high winds are added to the mixture, it is cold indeed.
We had really high winds last weekend with power outages all over the western part of NC. Thank goodness for our generator, large enough to run the entire house and for our new efficient fireplace. Our power was off for more than five hours so we turned off the upstairs heat pump (since it pulls so much power) and used the fireplaces upstairs and downstairs to keep us warm. We were warm and cozy as we read and watched movies.
Monday evening brought snow and then sleet, covering the mountains in ice. We definitely weren't going off the mountain for a while. But with the freezer and pantry stocked and plenty of propane in the tank for the generator and fireplaces, we were set. We expected more power loss due to the heavy coating of ice on the trees but we have been lucky so far.
Heavy ice on the trees in the back yard
(You might want to enlarge by clicking on it)
We're under another winter storm warning for tonight. I hope it passes us by. While we are well fixed to withstand another storm, many in our county are not. Our thoughts go out to those less fortunate, especially the children.
John Burroughs gives us this wise quote:
What a severe yet master artist old Winter is...
No longer the canvas and pigments, but the marble and chisel.
HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!