There is cold, and then there is COLD. We are having far too much of the latter. Ice fell for most of the night. Then snow. Then more ice. Overnight temp will be something near 15.
I spent the day doing some projects, working a puzzle, watching the birds and reading. I also ate too much and took a nap. Isn’t that what everyone does when it snows?
The geese arrived early this morning and stayed for a few hours. I set up the spotting scope so I could get a better view of them through the sleet and snow. A few other ducks joined them. In the yard we had cardinals, sparrows, blackbirds, mocking birds, crows, bluebirds, meadowlarks, and a squirrel. I took a few photos through the window, but did not venture out. About three times today I opened the back door and threw birdseed across the snow. Next to the back steps I have a plastic bin that I filled with water. Happy animals without any danger to me!
So, that was my exciting day. Expect a rerun tomorrow. And lest you think our sudden plunge from warm to freezing is unusual, I leave you with a notation from a birder’s journal, Caddo, 1883:
“…a temperature of 74° on December 23 and freezing the next day; real winter from December 24 to January 27, with zero weather on January 5 and + 4° on January 24.”