Thursday, January 14, 2010

Snow and cold - brrrr!

We've had some unusually cold and snowy weather here in North Texas lately. In the four years we've lived here, it has snowed three or four times, and it has never snowed enough to blanket the grass. But over the holidays it snowed twice in one week. The first was on Christmas eve. I took these pictures on Christmas morning:

The snow had melted by December 26, except for a few patches here and there, and then it snowed again. Amazing! Not as much snow, but it fell in lovely big fluffy flakes.

I love snow!

It warmed up for a few days, enough for Pop to board the train back to New Jersey, and then we had some of the coldest weather we've seen since we moved to Texas 28 years ago. Three consecutive days where the temperature didn't get over 25 degrees Fahrenheit! Our poor backyard fountain was encrusted in so much ice that the basin kept emptying (it was all frozen on the sides and base). I spent three days pouring hot water into the basin every couple of hours, trying to keep it from freezing completely solid and cracking the main part of the fountain, which is ceramic.

It has warmed up again, and now it may actually rain. Winter is an adventure in North Texas: you never know whether it will be balmy or freezing!

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