My daughters and I are looking forward to cooler weather. We already had some cooler weather, but then it got hot again. I’m looking forward to chili, warm drinks, and pumpkins! It was a hot summer. I’m so done with summer weather. Just tired of being sweaty at work. Word has it that there will be cooler weather at the end of the week! We have had beautiful blue skies the last few days. We also had some opportunistic sunflowers that grew in our garden. This one just started blooming! You can sort of see the sedum, too!
We found an eastern black swallowtail caterpillar on our trellis! It was green, black, white and yellow.
Then a few days later, it was in a chrysalis that looks like a piece of wood or a dead leaf. I’ll have to look at it tomorrow. I forgot to look today!
We had a very wintery winter this year. In January, we had weather so cold that we had wind chill warnings. The coldest temp was -17F with a -40F windchill. We missed 3 days of school because of the cold weather. Also, even though we have had 56 inches of snow (46 inches is the average), through the end of February, we’ve haven’t had a major snowstorm. That 56 inches fell pretty much an inch or two at a time! The snowplow drivers must have been exhausted because it was about every other day for a while there. The cities are all running out of road salt, too!
It’s a good thing spring is coming and we got a glimpse of it yesterday, with temps that reached into the high 50s! I loved being outside with only a fleece and not needing a hat or mittens! Sarah and I took Jasmine to her favorite walking spot at the bridle trails on the south side of Sheboygan.
The snow was really soft, though, and hard to walk on. It was similar to walking on dry sand on the beach. Jasmine and I both worked hard!
We even turned off the furnace and opened up the windows for 2-1/2 hours yesterday, too. I loved getting fresh air into the house.
We’ve had 47 inches of snow this winter, in Sheboygan. Yesterday, we got 6 inches. It’s our biggest snowstorm so far! Then it was nice and warm today, so the roads are already in pretty good shape! In January, it kept snowing, but the temps were so cold, the salt really had no effect. I haven’t been taking that many pictures of the snow, because we kept only getting an inch or two, and it didn’t seem worth the bother, but now, with 6 inches, it’s starting to look like further shoveling will be a challenge. In other news, we could get more snow on Thursday! Or not. It all depends on the storm track.
So, today, was in the 30s. It felt great. After -17 with a -40 windchill, everything will feel warm from here on out! I keep laughing at the weather men who keep talking us it’s “cold”, but only down to zero, or it’s “cold” getting down into the 20s. We’ve been down to -17. We can handle it.
Still, there has been snow packed on my driveway all winter. We aren’t so good at shoveling and then Gary doesn’t always have time to snowplow right away, so it’s been sad. I’d like to see my driveway again. Maybe we will, someday.
Jasmine checking out the spirea bush
Jasmine, following me down the driveway, instead of sitting by the snowbanks!
My neighbor’s evergreen trees. Not every storm makes them looks so pretty!
The sky was trying to be blue! We get so many cloudy days in WI. Maybe it’s because of the lake!
We got about 2-3 inches of snow the other day. It was kind of a bust. The snow didn’t start falling as soon as they thought it would, so we didn’t get as much. Tonight, we got about another inch. We keep getting little bits all the time!
It already feels like winter and we’ve already had a touch of snow here and there. Tomorrow, we are supposed to get 4-7 inches and they say it will be “lake-enhanced” snow, so that could mean we get more, but they don’t always know. We’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings.
We had such pretty colors this past fall. The colors just went on and on and on. From the first trees that changed, to the last trees that changed, it felt like we weeks and weeks of reds, yellows and oranges.
I’m so behind on taking pictures of dishcloths and also getting them knit! LOL!! I need to spend some more time actually knitting, rather than looking at Facebook and Twitter! One of the cooler ones we did recently was an illusion snowflake in blue and white! When you look at it straight-on, it’s hard to see the snowflake, but look at an angle, and you can see it then!
We have a day or two, where it is nice, where I think the air conditioning would be nice, but then the sun starts going down and it cools off nicely, so the AC stays off, the furnace doesn’t run, but yet my feet are still cold! I’m much happier with socks on, except that it’s nearly officially summer and I can’t stand to have bare feet. I don’t know if we are ever going to really warm up. Last summer, we got up to 100 and this summer, it drops into the low 50s at night.
I wouldn’t be so concerned, but my daughter, who is studying horticulture, said that our tomatoes need the temp to be 55 or higher, at night, to form tomatoes! So, I keep worrying about us not actually getting any tomatoes from our 2 tomato plants (Wisconsin 55 and Yellow Pear Tomatoes) It would really be a bummer not to have home-grown tomatoes.
Our basil doesn’t necessarily look happy, either. I think it likes more heat, too. We are only in the mid-60s today, which is good for humans, but maybe not so good for the plants that want it warmer.
Also, not that I would be swimming that much, but it has barely been warm enough to go swimming, too. If I was a kid, I’d really be bummed. Some friends of ours did put up their pool and did swim in it already, but one of the kids looked really cold in the picture.
Last year, we were in the 60s, so our little bit of snow just disappeared. On February 26-27, we got 15-17 inches of snow in east central WI. It is still very much present, although melting slowly. These satellite pictures are quite different from each other!
I’m so behind on this post. From 5pm on 2-26-13, and all through the day on Wednesday, we got 15-17inches of snow. It seemed every media outlet had a different opinion on how much snow we got. We woke up on Wednesday morning to a snow day and about 2-3 feet of snow drifted across the entire driveway, plus that much snow over all the sidewalks, too. It took Gary 3 hours to get everything snowblowed, plus, he really had to push the snowblower through the snow, since it was wet and heavy. Ugh. I just stayed home most of that day, although, I did go out to the soup supper and Lenten service from about 5pm to 6:30pm. That’s only about a mile or two away. Earlier in the day, the roads had been really bad, so I just stayed home.
Pictures of the snow:
Today, was rainy, windy, cold, and foggy. The warm above-freezing temps are melting the snow, but it’s still going to take a while to melt all this snow!
Last Thursday, we got 6 inches of snow. It was a day to just stay home, make soup and watch it snow. It was so pretty outside, because the snow clung to all the branches.
Then on Sunday, it rained hard all day. The driveway is a mixture of puddles and ice, which is supposed to be all ice, as the night goes on, and gets colder. Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be quite windy. It’s never a dull moment around here!