The Second Storm

The Second Storm

Here is another view of my winter garden and a rare photo of myself!  This is one crazy winter we’ve been having.  Two snow storms two months apart, with intermittent drought conditions.  Hopefully this new snow fall will help create a deeper snow pack so we won’t have empty reservoirs this summer.  And in the next couple months I am wishing for some good old fashion Oregon rain!  We really need it!

What have I learned from these two winter storms this year?   I’ve learned that all my shrubs can withstand temperatures in the single digits without dying, and that my chickens can withstand low temperatures too and can survive without a heat lamp.  My plastic greenhouse can withstand up to two inches of snow on top before starting to sag a bit.  I’ve learned that the pipes in my home are well insulated and will not freeze, but when it’s this cold my heaters don’t quite warm my house up enough and I need to wear wool.  I’ve learned that my little Scion can still drive pretty well on snowy streets even without studded tires, but it will slip and slide on the ice.  My appetite increases when I’m outside in the chill, and I get cravings for more protein and carbs!  The cold temperature also dries my skin out so I need to moisturize more.  Something that I noticed from many other people during the snow when they are inside more is that they are spending more time on Facebook and posting a lot more stuff!  Me included.  The one good thing about being snow bound is that I get more reading done.

Watching the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia last night was a real treat.  The event was really quite mesmerizing.  At the start of the show, the 5th snowflake never opened fully to properly form the 5 Olympian circles, which must have really upset Vladimir Putin.  I thought it was spectacular, myself.  In fact, one could ponder on the symbolic meaning of the unopened circle and what it might represent for Russia, and the rest of world’s cultures, for hours. The rest of the ceremony was a definite success and a truly beautiful event that the Russians can be proud of.  As they took us down the memory lane of Russian history, I felt a fuller appreciation of Russia’s contribution to our world history, the visual and performing arts, literature, technology, science, and the sacrifices they made during World War Two.  What strong people the Russians are to have survived so much hardship, political and economic suppression, gruelling labor, and the limitations and lack of freedom under Communism.  It helps one to understand why they drink so much Vodka, that’s for sure!  I love seeing the joy and excitement that the athletes are feeling.  They are so beautiful and healthy looking!  So wonderful!  What a great team we’ve got this year!

This entry was just a quicky to get at least one thing up in February, and a few photos.  I’ll end the post with the most well know snow poem that I know of by Robert Frost.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep. 

Robert Frost

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