So I was too late over to free the bridge, and won’t try again until next week’s thaw and flood melt. Doesn’t look like so much volume of precip expected now from a complicated mix on Monday and Tuesday. Do embiggen, and pay attention to the many tiny dots over the ice. Those are flying  droplets of water created  from the turbulence of water flow against rocks. It is this airborne moisture that freezes first against the rock and then, creating even more froth as the …

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CLICK TO ENLARGE AT SMUGMUG It was a three-dog night. We came up one short. But there will be other opportunities yet to get up after midnight and throw an extra piece of oak on a fire that, despite its good intentions, is not quite equal to the task of keeping Herself warm til morning. This weekend’s cold will be a glancing blow compared to the persistent “polar vortices” of the past two winters. There is that. But it sets the stage for Monday’s sour-grapes …

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Every winter, I hear it: “Take some pictures of the house.” She says it lightly, as if doing the Dr. Zivago across the whited planes, putting face and hands at frost-bite risk, standing stark still in the single-digit morning light was the most casual touristy snapshot. So here’s the image from Winter ’15-16. Currier and Ives, eat your heart out. Here is our “Old Farm House.” Click the image above to enlarge; detail matters.

Honestly, it has been sort of nice being home-bound for a few days, with any travel obligations cancelled and not much that could be done outdoors after shoveling out the cars on Saturday and having both porches heaped high with firewood. Today marks the end of our sequester as we’re having lunch in town with other humans, to try to regain our ability to speak in complete sentences in a social setting. But I have been quite the tickles-my-fancy butterfly these past snow-bound days, flitting …

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Not that I’m complaining. The wood pile has only recently begun to take a very serious daily (and especially nightly) hit. Now the season is making up for a slow start-up. There is a mixed excitement and dread facing the imminent “potentially extraordinary El Nino-fueled winter storm.” [what are they calling this one, btw?] Three feet of snow (which some predict as possible) will make life nigh impossible for many farmers in Floyd County. It will prevent emergency travel for all, especially those of us on the …

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