Monday, January 5, 2009

Ice Storm Upon Us





Icicles hang from the birdfeeder, and roof rack on the van. Bushes bow low from the weight of ice on their leaves. The lights have blinked three times. And so, we may lose power for a day or two. It is raining, but the temps are hovering at 32 degrees. And folks south of us have lost power. From 84 degrees on Saturday to this. Wow. Summer to winter. Most of the trees have lost their leaves. But the ice may bring down weak branches. Winter wonderland.

And now at almost 5 o'clock, the rain seems to be letting up, and the trees normally bare and black look shiny white with ice. A thin skin of ice, but ice indeed has changed the color of the trees. The temperature hovers near 32 degrees, and things still drip, but slowly.

I am living dangerously with potatoes in the oven baking. Bob called to say he was getting on the train for home, and that folks just south of us in Dalworthington Gardens have lost power, and some 50,000 are without. But, in Dalhart it is 50 degrees? Too strange. The snow storm that dumped on Houston a month or so ago dumped snow 280 some odd miles south of us when our temps were above freezing. So conditions are similiar, with Dalhart being warmer than us.

Baked potatoes for supper---if the power stays on, with a splash of hot sauce, and butter and maybe ranch dressing.

The sky is clearing to the west just before sunset. Everything is wet and glistening.

7 comments:

JAMIE'S CREW said...

You really have a way with the words. I sure enjoy your posts! I took pictures of icicles this afternoon. Gonna try to upload them for posting in the morning!

Stay warm!

joyce said...

Thanks, Jamie. It rained here some more during the night, and the temps warmed to almost 40, so I hope the freeze is over, aren't you?

Bob said...

We dodged a bullet with this ice storm. A couple of degrees cooler and we'd have all been freezing in the dark.

joyce said...

You probably noticed that I had all the candles you gave me for Christmas out and at the ready!

AirmanMom said...

Today in the Maryland area we are expecting the ice storm, hopefully not too bad!
Stay warm and safe!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

JAMIE'S CREW said...

I am definitely glad the freeze is over. I am the crossing guard at the neighborhood elementary school and I really do HATE standing outside with the temperature is frezzing or below - and expecially when we have the strong N. Texas wind which cuts straight through my layers of clothes. And, there doesn't seem to be any prevention for a chapped nose and cheeks. At least nothing short of a full face mask and that would scare the kids and any adult driving by!

joyce said...

Wow---I used to work in the lunchroom at my boys school when they were in elementary. It was loud, but fun, and a neat way to keep my hand on the pulse of the school and whatall was going on. Ten years of PTA meetings...