Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Since the new year began, it's been a cruel, cruel winter. Leaving me here home alone.

Ok, I'm not really complaining. I love winter. I love snow. I love snow days (teachers love them as much as students). Yet, the frigid temps (windchill of below zero, and occasional temperature drops below zero) have made it hard to do any work in a the rock house since there's no heat. So, I've been in the cottage for almost a month due, with the exception of four days. Perks of the job.

The first round of the "polar vortex" hit early January. We stocked up on lots of coffee, ingredients for homemade soups, chilis and stews, and, of course, junk food.

We had a great plan. Both of us were off; we would stay toasty and warm as we lounged around guilt free. (Except the eating part did cause us to carry a little guilt.) It was all going well, until our electricity went out. It only went out for a few minutes, but quickly caused our windows to freeze from the inside out. The temperature in our house dropped thirty degrees in twenty minutes. The brief discomfort made for some pretty photos though.


The ice on the inside of the window looked so much like abstract art, I had to capture it while I had a chance.

A view of the barn from our freezing interior.

While we've had a substantial amount of Arctic cold temps, we haven't had a substantial amount of snow. See for yourself.
Nov 2013
Jan 21, 2014-- Forecast 1"-3"
This is also a good example of what most of our 1"-3" forecasts turn out to look like.
That afternoon when the snow was over. 
Jan. 25th. Finally, most of the grass is covered!
Most of these snows were melted quicker than the Wicked Witch of the West even when our temps were well below freezing. Thank you solar radiation! :|

So, when the snow finally came to visit, we went out and played (and experimented with my new camera gear). Again, this snow was gone in a mere matter of hours thanks to our fifty degree weather today! It was nice while it lasted.

Snow ball fight!


We adopted our border collie, Ruth, our second Christmas together. We discovered that snowy, blistery winter that she has a passion for snow as much as we do! Whenever it snows or is going to snow, she has this uncanny ability to sense it. She walks through the house with an excited expression that seems to ask, "So are you planning to take me out to play or are we just gonna sit here all day?"

Walter trying out the new zoom lens (above).

Poor focus. Gotta learn.

Hopefully more work and less play will come soon. Ah, who am I kidding. Bring on the next snow storm! I want to build a snowman and go sledding. 


  1. Someone has an eye for photography ..love your style of photography.

    1. Thank you for the compliment, and thank you for visiting my blog!


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