Our Tree

We have a small house filled with too much stuff! And two curious cats. So we have a tree that hangs on the wall.

It rolls up and goes in a cylinder for storage, decorations and all!

The presents make it festive enough for us!

Tomorrow is Yule and a cold white one, at that. What more could two retired Pagans want for the season?

Have a good holiday of your choice!

Even More Snow!

We have already gotten more snow than we got all last Winter! Another 7.5″!

And the poor little guy on the west gets bent again. BTW, the picture is not askew; these trees are growing at an angle due to our travel trailer being next to them for a while!

These are the row of trees to the west of our yard. Note the empty rain gauge at lower left; I had just put it back out after emptying it (0.69″ of moisture); the snow was a bit fluffy so the tube was level full!

This really doesn’t look inviting!

All this snow made a hectic morning: a brief power outage; a dead and a live bird indoors; school was cancelled; and no internet access. So I shoveled the walkway to the rain gauge, let the live bird out, shook the remains of the dead one on the snow, swept the satellite dish to restore our Iway service, and finally settled down to my coffee!

But I still wouldn’t live anywhere else!

Another October Snow

Our traditional Halloween blizzard came a few days early. And really dumped on us! Not that I am complaining! Here are some scenes around our place.

Yes, this is the same little tree which evoked so much of an outcry earlier this month (see below).

So I waded out into the 10″ of snow and knocked most of the snow off it. The rest was frozen to the tree!

Now y’all feel better? Lol. Pine trees are very flexible when they are young which allows them to survive heavy snowfall but lose a lot of that flexibility when they develop bark on trunks and branches. Both storms fell pretty much straight down aggravating any bend a tree already had.

One example of extreme bending is this tree branch.

Normally this branch is straight out from the tree but today it makes a perfect right angle. There may be some internal damage so it may not bounce back to its former position. And, no, I am NOT gonna wade out to “rescue” this branch!

The glowing spots are reflections from the big snowflakes in the flash!

Most of the snow fell during the day yesterday. Enough to nearly fill our raingauge! So I swept (actually pushed with a broom!) the front porch and the walkway to this gauge and brought it in to measure and empty before dark. This was 0.48″ of water! Our total for the storm was 1.25″. The last storm was about 2″ of snow but very wet making the tree bendings look similar.

This is our bird feeder tree. This branch hit the ground and quit bending. Normally it is higher but not enough to walk under the end easily. It already has a split from past abuse. I have condsidered options for it: a “crutch” to support it or just trimming it up higher. But this shows me just to leave it alone and walk around the end.

It is clear and very bright out! The snow is now (noon) dropping from the trees rapidly; fun to watch as it cascades to the ground! The odd looking pyramid in the right foreground of the lower picture is a plastic table! The “cake” on the lower left of the same picture is our bird bath!

This won’t last long; our forecast high was the high 30s and we are at 44° as I write this! Walking under the trees is hazardous right now!

More Snow

It just keeps coming down! Now we are worried about our trees breaking under the load. Especially the little tree on the right of the three Ponderosas.

This is at 8:30.

And this is at 10:30.

Poor Baby.

Stubbs up a Tree

For two mornings, Stubbs has been sitting between the two Ponderosas in front of the house next to a bush standing guard on something. When I open the front door, he will dash in, eat a bit of food and go back out to resume his vigil!

But when I went out to take a picture, he climbed the tree!


[It isn’t a good picture due to low light level. The sun hadn’t even come up and it was cloudy!]

So he is trying to get something that is in the trees! I have no idea what since there was nothing in this tree with him!