Monday, January 28, 2008

Can You Say "Brrr..."?

I thought I would post a few pictures to illustrate why I haven't been spending too much time outdoors lately. The storms that hit California yesterday are pelting us today. I took these pictures during a lull in the activity this morning. Above is a photo of the field behind our property starting to flood. We got snow and a mix of snow and freezing rain during most of the weekend. The air temperatures were warmish, in the 34 F range, but all of this fell on 12 inches of compacted old snow and a layer of ice.
This is the stream beginning to make its way through our pasture. I had noticed a big, black "dot" out in the field beyond this morning. On closer scrutiny it was clear it was a Bald Eagle. He was sitting out on the ice, hunkered down against the weather. When I first saw one do this I thought it to be ill, but AZ Game & Fish assured me that they just do this during bad weather at times. If it had been me, I would have found some refuge in a tree or canyon nearby, not out in the middle of it all.

And the snow blew in sideways sticking itself to everything. The one bad thing is that we discovered we have an ice dam on the north side of our roof between the office and our bedroom. We've had some leakage inside the house because of it. The past few storms have just been too much for our comfy house to handle, but we won't be able to determine what's really in need of repair until we get warm weather and snow melt. Our house is well insulated so this may take a while. Plus, neither of us is inclined to venture out on the steepest part of the roof two stories off the ground. This is a time when common sense dictates actions.

And below is the weather vane. Standing steadfast in the wind ready for the next barrage of weather coming up the draw. I guess you can tell that a spinner lives here, can't you? ;-)

It's almost time to button the sheep up in the barn and make sure everyone has nice, dry feed for the night. Even Skittles relented and went inside last evening. Usually he stays out in all weather, guarding his tire-toy. Maybe he is smarter than he acts...

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Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I've never seen a spinning wheel weathervane before; how cool! All your photos were lovely in this post; you have a good eye.

Kathy said...

Thanks, Michelle! :)

Leigh said...

The weather vane is just too cool! I love it! Please stop by my blog. There's something for you on it.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Love that weather vane! Not the snow... We are just getting the blow :-/