If you don’t like the weather…

Night before last, when we went to bed, we could hear sleet hitting the windows. The weatherman on TV (with his jacket off and sleeves rolled up) was calling for 1/4″ to 1/2″ of ice to hit the area early this morning.

The memory of the ice storm of 2009 and no power for 7 days, reminded us we need to prepare for the worst.

ice storm 2009

ice storm 2009

ice storm 2009

ice storm 2009

We brought in firewood, did laundry and dishes, gathered up light sources and prayed our power didn’t go out.

But we awoke to thunder and lightning, followed by thunder sleet, then rain, some hail,  and then back to sleet.  The Weather Channel showed up (it wasn’t Jim Cantore though) so we knew this was a big deal in the world of weather.

ice storm 2013

ice storm 2013

ice on my SUV

ice storm 2013

another round coming in

This seemed to be the pattern for the day, and fortunately we did not get as much  ice as they expected.  I’m ok with that.

But we are softies when it comes to our animals.  It’s weather like this we let them all come in and ride out the storm.


I can’t tell that face no

And of course they have their favorite spots

sheldon anniedaisymagnum

I also got to keep my 2 month old grandson yesterday and we hung out by the fire and watched the birds.

Luke 2 mo.old

Annie had to help, too.

Luke and Annie

It was a feeding frenzy!

cardinal birds cardinal chickadee cardinal

The sun is out today and even though it’s still cold, the brightness always makes me feel better.  And knowing it’s going to be 60 degrees this weekend almost makes this bearable.


p.s.  27 days until spring AND 17 days until the time changes!!

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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12 Responses to If you don’t like the weather…

  1. Sea says:

    Love those pictures! What a great way to spend an ‘ice day’.


  2. I sincerely hope you didn’t have to travel anywhere. Your grandson and pets all look very cozy and content!


  3. bhoyt10 says:

    17 days till the time change! Wow that is great news! I haven’t thought about that yet. Thanks for that bit of sunshine!


  4. Chancy the Gardener says:

    Glad you did not get as much ice as they thought you would. We were lucky this round we had very little freezing rain but we had almost 2 inches of rain, thunder, lightening, hail, sleet and a few snowflakes. I really enjoyed your pictures. Your grandson and pets are all adorable. Mumsy


  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Hooray for no power loss and being cozy inside with pets and grandson! Cardinals are so beautiful but we don’t have them here. Don’t think that I can covet them as they don’t really belong to anyone but it would be a thrill to see one someday!


    • It was a good day to be inside for sure! And we were so grateful not to lose power. That is not much fun at all! We just have cardinals show up when it gets cold. I actually thought everyone had them. But I live in my own little world sometimes.


  6. Nice and cozy, while the ice pelted down…who could ask for more?
    (60 this weekend? I’m jealous!)


  7. Dear Softie – Enjoyed seeing all your pets and so glad you had food out for the birds!


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