28 January 2008

Enough with winter, already!


Well, I don't know about anyone else, but this is definitely been one of those days up here on Sunflower Hill. I woke up to strange noises, and looked out the window--to find I couldn't see out the window. Yup. Ice, ice, baby! Just what I didn't want to see...(or not see). Freezing rain and ice pellets are just not nice weather behaviours at the best of times.

So I staggered downstairs, only to find out we were having, for want of a better term, lasagna weather. First, a few hours of snow. Then some ice pellets, followed by freezing rain. Then a little regular rain, which just stuck to everything and became more ice. Repeat as necessary. Just about everything but frogs and locusts came down out of the sky at one point or another today. There was a glacier on the back step. The vehicles were covered in an inch of ice. The horse was in the barn with his head out the window, and a big horse-pout on his face. The cats who go out, said no thanks, and headed for hte litter box instead. They couldn't watch bird television because of the ice on the windows. Charming.

And I had stacks of work to do, and guess what? No Internet! Try doing research online when you can't GET online...I needed some phone numbers of some agricultural universities in the US, and couldn't even get those.

Bang head on table. Consider going back to bed. Saddle up the Tacoma instead and we slog into town to get the mail, go to the credit union, etc. Meanwhile, lasagna weather continues, glace-ing the garden in finest crystal (Thanks, Yolanda E, the Ice Queen found us rather than you). Came back hopeful that maybe Steve had sorted out the tech woes. Call provider. Too much ice on tower to do the reset work. Maybe tomorrow.

Uhhuh. I have work to do. Invoices to send, even more importantly.

So that's why I'm sitting in a very nice cafe that I've written about for several magazines in the past, drinking Mexican hot chocolate, collecting information, and oh yes, loading up about 47 different pages of blogs in my two web browsers. So while I won't be able to comment on all of them, I'll at least get to read them when I get home (due to having a Mac laptop that I can just put to sleep til I get home).

Thank you all for your well wishes and comments...i'll keep you posted when there's something to report on the book-project. And also thank you all for the wonderful comments on the eagles. The rehabilitated eagle was released successfully yesterday, and it was heart-warming to see him soar away after his comrades.

Now, back to work here...and in the meantime, a little summer colour from last year's garden, to help get us all through. Whatever weather you're having, wherever you are, I hope it's better than here!

20 comments:

  1. Yes, my weather was better than yours, thank God! But strong winds and storms are moving in. At least it is supposed to stay above freezing!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  2. With all those options, you opted NOT to choose the go back to bed option? We obviously have different priorities, but at least it was on your list.

    If rain/snow/ice/rain is driving you batty now, you're gonna' be a mess by the end of February.

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  3. I'm so sorry for you. You worked HARD to get to blogs today -- that shows true dedication...or something!
    I feel guilty reporting it was sunny and 70 in Austin, Texas this weekend and we thought we needed a break, but not like YOU need a break. Nothing like that. Spring Fling isn't far away - hope you'll come to visit us - it could easily be in the 80s then!

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  4. Hi Jodi -

    It's almost 30º C here (I think that's ~ 85º F?) and almost 80 % humidity. I'd trade you the cold for a few days :D!

    I hope it cheers up a bit soon :)

    David.

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  5. Hi Jodi -

    It's almost 30º C here (I think that's ~ 85º F?) and almost 80 % humidity. I'd trade you the cold for a few days :D!

    I hope it cheers up a bit soon :)

    David.

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  6. I'm fed up with winter too ... we have a delightful few days coming up of more -30c days with wind chills that I don't want to think about. Freezing rain doesn't sound so bad right about now. Ugh, that sounds nasty too.

    I will have to read about the eagles ... must have missed that in my blog reading yesterday.

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  7. When you think you have it bad, there is always someone else in worse shape. Now to think of someone with more problems that you......of the not life threatening type anyway.....still thinking......
    Good luck with the book and we'll miss your very regular posts, whenever they stop being regular.

    Frances at Faire Garden

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  8. Oh Jodi, You poor thing. I hope your weather gets better soon. We are supposed to go from the 50F high this morning at 6 to freezing with rain. Your winters are brutal. The pictures of your garden are gorgeous. I hope enough to lift your spirits. They sure give me a lift. Something pretty to think about.

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  9. Jodi: First, I don't know how I missed your important news on the new book! Anyway, I am here rooting for you! Your bird observations are incredible. I think the birds are taking the week off here. I had to work this weekend anyway so no time to observe but it was nice to look at all the bird postings! And, finally, you have come up with a brilliant way to solve the 'lasagna' weather. Just post something bright from the past. I think I may do this as I have so many unused summer pictures. Brilliant!

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  10. I'm also lusting for spring. Hang in there, babe. It's just around the corner. Like you, I've been going back and looking at photos of my plants and sighing - longing. Stay Warm!

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  11. Everything is a glare here in Windsor this morning -- parking lots and such. Yesterday was a real hodge-podge of weather. I like your lasagna analogy! Thanks for the hint of spring photos. :)

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  12. Cabin fever has me down too. Looking at my garden photos didn't help so I dug up the photos of the ice strom from 10 years ago. I'm feeling a bit better now knowing things could be much worst.

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  13. Ugh, Jodi, I hate days like that. Nothing goes right. But it can only improve, right?

    We're under a winter storm watch right now, with snow on the way. I'm like you - ready for winter to be OVER.

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  14. Jodi
    We have had it here in Kingston as well .. it is a little nerve wracking since this year is the 10 year mark from the horrendous major one that almost shut down Onatrio and Quebec.
    I took pictures of the ice on my plant mobile (poor little Sunfire) .. now how sad is that I ask you ? Can you say Cabin FEVER ?
    Then I decided to pick 10 new plants I want to try and find .. anything to NOT think of the weather and how much more of this I can take ..
    I did try going back to bed .. didn't work .. DRATS !
    Good luck with all the research and endevors !
    Joy of "icy Kingston" : )

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  15. Hello Jodi, Aryd'ell just introduced your lovely blog to me this past week. Love all your flowers and gardening. Have you ever done the MeME thing. The rules are below. Hugs Judy

    The rules of the game are this–Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.Post the rules on your blog.Post 7 random or weird facts about yourself on your blog.Tag 7 people and link to them.Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged

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  16. Oh goody - another great gardening blog! We had freezing rain for hours here today - makes spring seem kind of far away, so I just have to content myself with catalogs and blogs. I will be back to check you out some more!

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  17. Time stamp ???? is this yesterday again ???? !!!!!
    Is there no spell check I can cling to here or there ??
    O-N-T-A-R-I-O
    Thanks for stopping by Jodi
    Joy : )

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  18. Oh, that is horrid weather indeed! I can't believe you drove in it.That is dedication!

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  19. Hi Jodi, your beloved Farch month has just come over here. Snow covered our garden this morning. I know, real Spring, flowers and blooms will come again....but in about two months (here too!). So, meanwhile I'm doing the same as you....
    Have a good time though!
    Barbara

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  20. ahh!!! i know this feeling! i'm getting oh-so-itchy...and tomorrow is only February 1st! Ugh. Thought that winter was on it's way out....no chance...seeing as how we are getting that freezing rain and snow cycled over and over again! it's hovering around 35 Fah. today-

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