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Benumbed, Biting and Bitter

December 22nd, 2008

Cold that is.  Other fitting synonyms might include glacial and piercing.  Saw 3 degrees this morning, and we’ll go below zero tonight.  Okay, not as cold as you guys are seeing up north, but it’s pretty darn cold for around here!  I’m not sure I could tell the difference between 10 degrees either way- it’s just cold.  The northwest has a huge snowstorm, and the northeast is getting one too.  If it’s going to be this cold I’d like to see some of that snow, but it doesn’t look like we will.  So how does this fit into the whole global warming schema?  Beats me, but right or wrong, I’m sure there’s a rationale for it somewhere. 

I can’t remember the pond being frozen so much in December, but it sure is neat with the reflections.  I wonder what the little circles or rough spots are scattered around the surface? 

frozen pond reflections

The news mentioned that if we get a few more “hundredths” of an inch of moisture this week, it may become the official wettest year in recorded history for Missouri.  That and December may be the coldest month on record in decades.   Isn’t it amazing how the birds and other wildlife can handle the cold?  I topped off the feeders today and they gathered around to enjoy the buffet. 

The windows on the porch were frosted this morning too- first time I’ve seen that really.  And I was looking out at the garden, thinking about topdressing and some clean up, more thoughts of spring creeping in.  Then I took a quick walk around outside, smiling at the futility of such thoughts with the hard “crunch” of frozen ground.  What better way to celebrate the beginning of winter? 

frosty windows

3 Responses to “Benumbed, Biting and Bitter”

  1. Pabloon 22 Dec 2008 at 7:36 am

    I just hope this winter cold results in reduced numbers of ticks and chiggers this coming summer!

  2. Ed Abbeyon 22 Dec 2008 at 8:13 am

    We had a high of zero yesterday! I spent it sitting by a roaring fire.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring.

  3. Beauon 22 Dec 2008 at 8:44 am

    Pablo- Great thought! That would be helpful indeed… with last year’s moisture we had many fewer ticks for some reason; but we did have a lot of chiggers.
     
    Ed- A high of zero… !? Glad you’ve got the fire. I need to order some garden catalogs and start planning!

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