Friday, December 12, 2008

Sleet and hibernation

For a few moments this morning, I toyed with the idea of simply running the same dark and foggy forest photo that I posted earlier this week. The mountain has looked the same for several days now. The only thing that’s different from that earlier photo, and you can’t see that anyway, is the temperature has dropped about 20 degrees.

Nearly three inches of rain and sleet have fallen here in the last 24 hours or so. Even when it was "warm" enough to rain, it was a bitter, biting rain that kept me from wanting to spend much time outside.

I ventured out with the dogs, feeling the sleet hurt my face with its tiny stabs of ice. At first I was surprised that didn’t seem to bother the dogs. Baby Dog, especially, hates to get wet and needs to be prodded even to walk through a tiny puddle. She didn’t seem to mind the sleet. I think her fur coat kept her from feeling its sting. I have no such protection for my face. I turned to face the opposite direction, but the sleet seemed to be coming from everywhere so even doing that didn’t help very much.

Instead, I holed up in the warm cabin, drinking tea, reading and generally feeling as snug as a squirrel in its warm and leafy nest. There’s something to be said for a little hibernation, at least occasionally. Still, I am ready for a little sunshine. I don’t think I could ever be one of those all-winter hibernators, like bats or frogs. I’m more like a bad weather hibernator, a raccoon, perhaps.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, We had RAIN---cold, dreary rain and then some snow... We needed rain --so I didn't complain. BUT--I wanted snow and we only got a tiny bit. Oh Well--we can't change Mother Nature, can we????? Glad you are warm and safe. Hope you haven't lost your electricity --with the bad weather around!!!!

troutbirder said...

First time visitor I really enjoyed your pictures and writing. Would add that we here on Oak Hill had absolutely no acorns this year. Strange

Cathy said...

I never get my day off yesterday. All the ice they predicted never really happen. Just a coating on the trees It just pour for a couple hours last night.

Woke up to a dusting snow this morning and rest of the day was grey glooming one.

Carolyn H said...

Troutbirder: Thanks for stopping by! I hope the lack of acorns this year doesn't lead to severe hardship for the deer and squirrels. The squirrels seem to be doing okay--not sure about the deer yet.

Cathy: I'm a little surprised you didn't get ice up your way. The radar maps looked as though you were getting it. Ice is the worst.

Betsy: I only got rain here, a lot of it, but still much better than ice!

Carolyn H.