Brrrrrrrr...It's A Cold One.
For all of you who don't live in the Pacific Northwest, we are weather wimps. Yes, it's true that we don't normally have snow and ice. And it's true that we have lots of hills and bridges and lakes, and it's true that we aren't prepared for bad road conditions (other than lots of rain). But still, we do have a tendency to over-react when so much as a flake of snow falls from the sky.
Well, the news anchorpersons are having a field day. We've has snow and subfreezing weather the past few days. When it snows here the city (Seattle and surrounding areas) comes to a near standstill. The reason? No one can get anywhere. My husband who works downtown, normally has a one-hour commute home on the bus. Last night took him FOUR HOURS! There were many people who never made it home. They slept in their cars, at friends homes, or in some cases at all-night drugstores. No one went to work today, as they were advising us all to stay off the roads (which were littered with abandoned vehicles). It was 16 degrees F at our house this morning. It's now a whopping 22 degrees F at 2:30pm. The roads are sheets of ice, but the snow is so beautiful. So I've been forced to stay home and bake oatmeal/choc. chip cookies, drink hot coffee, take the dog for a walk, take care of the birds outside with food and water, and just relax.
It's hard to see, but here is our birdbath just buried in snow. I've got a pan set up on the patio that I keep refilling with warm water for them, since this is too difficult to get to today.
Here is our frozen fountain. Luckily, we kept it running so it hasn't frozen completely. It's quite pretty I think.