Monday, December 5, 2016

Let it Snow!

Yesterday's snowfall, which lasted from about 9 am until after dark, had some pretty impressive numbers (and broke official records for Dec. 4)... over 6 inches reported in most places (6.5 at O'hare) and over 8 in some places.  However, the snow fell on earth that wasn't that cold yet, so it didn't start sticking right away.  My driveway, which, being black, held out the longest, had less than 2 inches this morning.  The deck, on the other hand, with air flowing under it, has over 4 inches... I didn't measure, but it doesn't look like 6 to me!  At any rate, while it lasts, it's lovely.  It was a sticky snow so the branches (and berries!) all have white coatings. 

Meanwhile, there is some ice on the lake, but very little, less than 25% cover.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Improbable Flowers

It's 35 and windy and precipitating ice... but these honeysuckles don't seem to notice!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Witch hazel

Last flowers of the year... (or not, it turns out!)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

It's C-c-c-cold

Yesterday it was in the 60s, but brutal winds carried in a cold front... this morning there are snow flurries swirling all over, even starting to stick. Welcome, winter!

(And happy birthday to Chris!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


November 1 and it was in the mid 70s today. I saw butterflies and grasshoppers and bees and dragonflies... here's one:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

First Frost

It was 38 degrees when I left for school today. Patchy frost... ugh!

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Our ash tree is wearing its purple fall crown... lovely color!