Texas Ice

Weather systems in north Texas = unpredictable!

Shadow checks out the ice

Shadow checks out the ice

Such has been the case this past week. Weather forecasts warned of an arctic blast and that is precisely what we got. Last Wednesday we were enjoying high temps of near 80 degrees followed by a drop of 50 degrees the following afternoon. Drastic swings are not uncommon in the Lone Star State. A blast of ice covering much of north Texas two weeks before the official start to winter, however, is less expected.Ice leaves
Looks like snow, but this was 3+ inches of packed ice/sleet.  Surprisingly, when we walked out to the barn our weight did not dent the surface for three days.

Looks like snow, but this was 3+ inches of packed ice/sleet. Surprisingly, when we walked out to the barn our weight did not dent the surface for three days.

The precept began Thursday evening and continued through early Friday morning. Snow would have been nice, but we were pelted with sleet and freezing rain…3 to 4 inches of it.Ice berry 1
Dainty chickens would not  step in the ice!  We dropped the door in back where they could stay on dirt.

Dainty chickens would not step in the ice! We dropped the door in back where they could stay on dirt.

Ice cats
Here's hoping the lambs ear comes back in the spring.  The horseshoe Lamb from WY is always perky!

Here’s hoping the lambs ear comes back in the spring. The horseshoe Lamb from WY is always perky!

Fortunately, electricity, water and heater have behaved and are keeping us comfortable. We lost such luxuries for a few days at our home and business back in January 2011, so we are especially grateful for a warm, cozy home!
Barn cats and chickens have forced us out a few times each day as they depend on water (that is NOT frozen) and food. Taking pictures of our ice-covered surroundings helped motivate me to get on with those chilly chores.Ice house
Winston, the garden rock, keeps watch no matter the weather!

Winston, the garden rock, keeps watch no matter the weather!

This ladder serves as cat lookout / napping spot most of the time.

This ladder serves as cat lookout / napping spot most of the time.

Going UP!

Going UP!

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!?!?!?!

and, Going DOWN!

and, Going DOWN!

Here’s hoping you and yours are safe and warm!

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