Hello again friends, and welcome to February!
We had one heck of an ice storm last night, and I woke to a winter wonderland indeed! It's certainly beautiful to look out at it, but extremely dangerous for travel, and once more I am ever so grateful that I now work from home full time. We had a layer of thick ice covered with sleet and there's more heading our way all day today. It's the perfect day to cozy up by the fire indeed.
The pups still sleep in my daughter's old room on the lower level, and there's a door to the outside from her room so I let them out downstairs this morning so they wouldn't have to go down the treacherous deck stairs. I worry about them slipping on those steps and hurting themselves...we worry about our pets just like our families, don't we?
The ice was dripping from the deck above, and the shrubs were shrouded in a thick layer of ice, reminiscent of the day I moved into my home.
There are power outages all over the area, and a nearby town has been declared a state of emergency as 40% of the homes are without power. My heart goes out to them, with temps dropping to zero tonight and some of those homes relying on electricity for heat.
We've had a mixed bag of tricks, as they say, for the last two days....rain, then ice, then sleet, then more rain, and now snow. Put a layer of snow on top of this thick layer of ice and sleet and you have a true recipe for danger. If you don't have to be on the roads, please stay home!
I salted the deck steps heavily, but was only able to scrape off the top layer of sleet, leaving behind a thick layer of solid ice. Not the most ideal situation for bringing in firewood, that's for sure!
Fortunately my sweetie bought me some super heavy duty winter slip on shoes a few years back - he said they were like studded snow tires for my feet, and he wasn't kidding! They are the Salomon Women's Snowclog, and I seriously live in them all winter long. They sit in the boot tray by the kitchen door and any time I'm stepping outside to do anything in the winter I step into these babies and I have to say they have the most amazing grip. I was able to navigate the deck stairs, albeit very carefully, to stock up on more firewood to hopefully keep us going until tomorrow.
I also managed my way over to fill the feeders and top up the birdbath....and let me tell you, this layer of sleet is so solid I didn't make one footprint even with three trips back and forth - crazy!
Everything that was in the flat feeders was frozen into a solid block. I wasn't able to dump it out, so I put some seed right on top - poor little critters, this weather must be so hard on them. Come April when the bears come out of hibernation I'll have to stop feeding again, but for now I happily keep their little tummies full, when they really need that extra help.