January 26, 2010


This is a shepherd's crook that usually holds one of our bird feeders, but on this day it held a fringe of "hoarfrost". You can see the trees in the back as well are covered with these needle-like spikes of frozen condensation. It's really beautiful, though the charm of this winter is wearing thin! Three blizzards, and is it two or three ice storms and counting.

We have been frozen in so very many ways - physically and emotionally. To our loving family and dear friends, we can't thank you enough for all the love, support, and prayers that have sustained us through some very trying weeks. Most importantly we thank you for the prayers and support for our DD and say again that she is doing great - really great! God's grace in her young life is truly astounding. She'll turn 20 in just a couple of weeks, but she is an old soul for sure. Lately it would have been easy to succumb to the mood of a harsh, icy landscape and the relentless assault of winter weather, but just look at the intense blue sky behind these frozen tree branches!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. (Helen Lemmel)

Listen to this refrain on YouTube- it's uplifting! Thank you all again, for your love for us. The more experiences we have, the less we take that love for granted. You make our hearts full.

January 7, 2010

And One More for Good Measure?

Another storm, another blizzard, more snow, more wind, more drifting. More ice on the roads, more cars off the roads. Unfortunately there was even one fatal accident in Des Moines yesterday during rush hour. And my DH witnessed a police chase rushing toward him on his way home last night! The fool being chased by three police cars went off the road of course - since he was speeding and it was icy - hello????? Do you suppose we take for granted what our public servants have to put up with on a daily basis?

This morning there are some roads closed, and if not closed, travel is not advised. Even last night, DH couldn't distinguish between the roads and the ditches because of blowing snow and unplowed roads - not good. The weather guy reminded people that they should keep in mind that when they choose to go out on the roads in this weather, they are not only endangering themselves, but also those who have to be out rescuing us when we go off the road. There are several rescues in progress around Iowa right now.

Our temperatures are dropping as the morning wears on, and tomorrow's high is supposed to be below zero, and the low somewhere around -18 degrees. My, oh my. We had a joke forwarded to us this morning and here it is for your enjoyment!

"It's so cold, the Democrats are putting their hands into their own pockets!!"

January 2, 2010

What's Wrong with this Picture?

This is some stinkin' brutal weather! Ugly, ugly cold. This forecast comes courtesy of WHO TV in Des Moines. Thanks so much, I think. Once in a blue moon we get this cold for so long, and as it happens, we have just recently had an actual blue moon - which is defined as a second full moon in one month. In this picture of the rising moon, you can see the many deer tracks and trails on the hill above our pond.

It's so cold our pilot light on our gas fireplace was refusing to stay lit. We don't know if there was ice up there somewhere or what, but it was not a happy camper and there was even condensation on the inside. We just had a propane fill-up and everything else that runs on propane was working, so who knows. Day two of the problem, DH tried opening the stationary glass screen to let some warmer air in and that finally got things rolling. Not too comforting to think that you can't get the fire going in this kind of weather, but the generator is in fine form, so no worries??

It's so cold that we have had no melting of ice and snow on our gravel road. Since my last post, DH has gone off the road out front too. This ditch story has a happier ending than our daughter's story however. He was trying to pull over and let a neighbor lady go by, but she didn't leave him enough room and he got stuck about the same spot that DD did. This truly thoughtful neighbor summoned her husband with her cell phone, he came trotting right up the hill with his shovel, and helped DH dig the car out in no time. Then the guys stood out in the driveway, snow coming down on them, and chatted for another 15 minutes! Now that's a good neighbor!

It's so cold that the poor little birds can barely get any seed out of our feeders. It just gets frozen up in there. Earlier this week a woodpecker was doing his best to pound through the ice with his beak - poor hungry fellow! He has a great advantage over the little birds and they benefit when he knocks the seed onto the deck. Such a partnership!

It's so cold we can't help but be jealous of our DD, who as I've mentioned is in Guatemala for the next week or so. It's in the 70's there and Saturday her text message said that she had been swimming in volcanic hot springs, and then afterward they hiked to the top of the volcano! That's the way to beat the cold huh? She did say they'd also been doing a lot of painting and scraping at the school, so not all fun and games, but certainly a wonderful balance! Here's a photo of Cuxliquel Volcano, near the school, and the one we assume they hiked.

(from www.deguate.com)

May you find a warm spot of your own and be thankful!