Sunday 10 December 2023

It is icy out there!

Jean had questions! Here are some answers...

1. Slow vs. fast melt:

I would prefer it go slowly, dripping off the trees bit by bit. It gets so heavy, and the top branches drip on the lower ones. (Believe me, we've had quite a few storms!) Eventually, the weight is so much the branch breaks.

As it turns out, it all melted yesterday and in the night. We had more rain. I cannot see it well in the dark this morning, but it seems as if we didn't lose anymore branches. 

2. I don't really use a weather app. I just go to The Weather Network

3. COVID boosters we get every 6 months. They recommended a new one, for the new variations. 

They are testing wastewater in several places in Ontario. Thank goodness they are listening to scientists somewhere. Anyway, the provincial values are twice what they were compared to last year. 

We are in the eastern region. 

Wastewater signals in Eastern Ontario

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It really was nerve wracking! These lovely birches were hit last April, as well as last December.

This is how cold it has been. I loved this bit of icicle, still hanging in.

The trees looked so sad. The problem with it is the build up. I've found, with various ice storms, if the branches are left like this for any period of time, they won't rebound when they melt. 

Cinnamon decided to have a go!

This is so sad. It is a lovely bush, with berries in summer. I hope it rebounds. The waxwings, grosbeaks, and woodpeckers eat them.

It looks pretty, but...

The meadow has shrunk with hanging branches. I had to watch myself.

Each year the deer nibble at my candytuft in the arc at the end of the garden. I am hoping this barrier will prevent that!

I mentioned Friday that the snow seemed to block the TV satellite signal. I had to tap on it with my long-handled tool. It improved immensely.

All I managed was this, but it helped. Saturday we had a lovely, slow melt. 

Joseph Brian went into town for supplies. He wanted me to keep calm!

And, yes, Red, he is King Charles IV. He disappeared during and after the storm, but he is back.


Tom said...'s rainy down here.

Barbara Rogers said...

Love your new header...nothing like a blanket of snow to show off the lines of the architecture. We're socked in with fog and rain all day. Glad that Kind Charles IV returned looking for more pumpkins perhaps, and may have had to make do with bird seed!

RedPat said...

Glad that Charles is back.

Christine said...

I do fear the icy weather, walking or driving

Karen said...

It sure rained HARD through the night. We could hear everything on the roof sliding off and hitting the back deck/porch with a thud and a bang. My sister in Sarnia was reporting 12 degrees and no snow. Imagine that!!!!

Nancy J said...

Thanks for the answers Jenn. I like as I can save my favourites and see at a glance that on Thursday you will get to Zero, and an overnight low of -10 !!! Slow melt, it all makes sense, and I do hope the branches recover. We had a very unseasonal 4C this morning.

Red said...

You dodged a bullet with that storm.

Cloudia said...

More people should be as thoughtful and sensible and caring as you are! Aloha!

Elephant's Child said...

I am so very glad to hear that you haven't lost any more branches - and hope it continues.

Lowcarb team member said...

Brr it looks so cold.
Here in the UK we are experiencing some unseasonal warmer days at the moment, but quite wet!

All the best Jan

Divers and Sundry said...

Highs in the 50sF here, but it feels cold to us lol I don't envy you your ice, but the bird photos you're getting are wonderful! We got a nuthatch at our peanut chip feeder this afternoon, and it's been a while since we last saw one.

Ontario Wanderer said...

I cannot find local Covid numbers any more. Very frustrating.

Anvilcloud said...

We just booked our new C-shots for tomorrow.

DeniseinVA said...

There are reminders everywhere about Covid. Not to be taken lightly. We will be getting our shots this week. Lovely seeing Charles! I also love your new header. Those splashes of red are a treat.