I hit my head - not hard - on any number of branches loaded down with ice. For cripes sake, you'd think I would pay attention.
After feeding the squirrels I walked out back where I usually walk and danged if I didn't do it again. Only this time it was the largest Oak by the fence next to my bedroom windows, whose limbs were still covered with leaves and ice. My steps took me directly next to the trunk - which is twice as big as my width.
I should have paid attention for when I unlocked the gate to get the mail, I noticed the ice was melting. Talk about a DUH! couple of moments.
I had ducked to toss my trash into the can then stood up and walked directly into bunch of dripping wet leaves. Unfortunately, I reached up to push them out of my way and got soaked. rain flowed down my arm. My baseball cap is soaked, as is most of my hair and my jacket.
I stood up and walked backwards out of the limbs loaded with thawing ice. I managed to walk around the outer branches. I'm not sure why I bothered as I really was soaked.
I finally made it to the back porch which is where the bird seed was for the birds outback. I made sure to check out the back steps before I walked up them, looking for ice. It was there, so was very careful letting Charlie in - he had enough of the cold - usually I have to make him go inside.
Anyway I proceeded to fill the feeders but forgot to duck under the closeline. Almost decapitated myself. Luckily it only got my hat. You'd think I know better. Sheesh!
I just stepped out of the front door to check if I was seeing rain or thawing ice falling from my roof. It is thawing ice as the house is very toasty. But when I went to shake one of the Red tip branches that was in my way I discovered all the Redtips that touched the porch roof or the house were frozen solid to them. Any branches that were under the porch roof were thawed and flexible. Weird!!!!
I was checking out the squirrel that lives possibly across the street, or in A's yard in an Oak next to out shared fence. I was inside looking out and suddenly realized the branches from the cedar trees where all covered in ice which made them look like lace and were all drooping almost to the ground. They are very beautiful so I took a few photos. No wonder I hit my head when feeding the squirrels there.
I have a huge puddle of water just off the porch steps. Since they are icy I now step onto the yard - no grass just weeds. It's safer there then on the steps.
Just got a call from A in Austin. They are powerless all over. My lights flickered a bit ago but otherwise all is well.
I have my stewing beef thawing and will make stew this afternoon. Pancakes for breakfast with margerine and honey. No more butter. SIGH!
I am very low on fresh and frozen food. Deliveries may start again tomorrow. Hope so as my cupboard, so to speak, is getting close to bare.
Well, the birds are in the driveway enjoying their fresh seeds. They are all out there, large, small, etc.
Well I best go work on my shopping list and do all my Feb bill prepping. Still haven't gotten my homestead tax bill as every thing is closed down.
Ya'll have a good rest of the week and a lovely weekend.
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