Ohio garden in the winter

Here are a couple of photos of our snowy, cold garden pond and yard, taken this morning at about 9:15AM. Yay, sunshine! It is bitterly cold, but we have had sunny days this week. That’s been wonderful, a break from winter’s normally grey and dismal days. These shots were both taken using the Snow setting in the Camera ZOOM fx app on my Samsung Note II.

Winter garden and pond

Winter garden and pond with ornamental grasses

 

If you have winter photos of your garden, post a link in the comments below so others can check them out!

Bacon, Ohio? Awesome!

Until I was looking at the local weather radar just now to glimpse the thunderstorm heading through our area, I never knew there was a Bacon, Ohio.

BACON.

Bacon, Ohio south of Coshocton. Who knew?

With a name like Bacon, it has to be good.

How awesome is that? With a name like Bacon, it has to be a nice town. It’s a tiny town on 541, in between Coshocton and Plainfield. It’s a place so small, there’s not even a Wikipedia entry for it.

I must go there.

On another note, I thought it amusing to read this headline on the Newark Advocate’s website this morning: Severe weather training canceled for weather reasons.

Screenprint from Newark Advocate's mobile site

Oh, how I love good headlines like that!

Countdown to Spring!

This winter has been a bear. So much for global warming. I think all the recent snow is beautiful, but I am so glad we haven’t experienced a raging albino crapfest, as James Lileks dubbed such snowstorms on Twitter back in December. Our friends in Frederick, MD are buried after the week’s snowfall and much of the east coast is pretty much shut down.

I think the snow’s pretty, but I don’t want that much. Here’s what it looked like in my neck of the woods after the snowstorm we got last week. These were taken Saturday. Drifts came to above my knees when I walked over the hill in our back yard and took Stella for a walk in the snow. She loves the snow!

I love the pretty white snow, but I sure dread the mud that comes with its melt. That translates to twelve muddy dog feet, four times a day. There’s no way to avoid it, and it’s a mess. We keep a beach towel inside the back door, but that doesn’t get all of it. Sigh.

At any rate, I’m ready for spring. How about you? Howie pointed me toward a nifty little widget for my sidebar, a Countdown to Spring. I just added it. If you have a website, spread the cheer and add it. If you don’t, stop by here every so often and be encouraged that this winter won’t last forever.

2/14/2010: I just removed the countdown widget because it took so long to load and slowed down other widgets. No thanks!

Another frozen treat for Ohioans

Man, what a drive home. I got off at 6:30pm, but stuck around for an hour talking with a friend I’d not seen in ages. My logic was, there would be less traffic since it would be well after rush hour. Well, that was true, but by the time I left, there was freezing rain. Aaaagh.

I stopped at a drug store and got a gallon of washer fluid, topped it off in the van and put the remainder on the seat next to me so it would be handy. Now, the van’s defroster and heater have been struggling the last few months, so the ice just kept building up on the windshield. I had to use the washer fluid about once a minute just to keep the windshield clear enough to see through.

Then…Yep, the washer fluid ran out while I still had about 20 miles to go. There was absolutely no safe place to pull over since I was on The Barren Stretch of 161 (said in an ominous tone), so I hunkered down and peeped through the one clear place down at the bottom of the windshield. The road was bad enough, I could only go about 30-35mph, tops. The wipers scraped loudly as more ice accumulated on the windshield.

Ahhhhh! Thank goodness, Howie had bought a 12v car heater that plugs into the cigarette lighter. It’s a cheapie and doesn’t do much of anything to warm our feet, but it turned out very handy for keeping the windshield from completely icing over. If it hadn’t been for that little heater, I don’t know how I would have made it home, because that peephole in the windshield was rapidly narrowing.

Ooooh, I am glad to be home. It took me 1 1/2 hours instead of the normal 35-40 minutes. We’re supposed to get 2-5″ of snow on top of this, then up to 1/4″ of ice, and then 2-3″ more snow on top of that.

My boss said to call her in the morning if the roads are bad, because I probably won’t need to come in. Business will be slow if the roads are terrible, anyway, and there’s a new hire there all day with her in addition to the normal crew. From the sounds of it, I may well have a snow day tomorrow, because it is nasty out there and it’s just getting worst overnight.