Desperation …

12 Feb

The incredible length of the extreme cold weather has kept me indoors for far too long. I’m going stir-crazy, or “bushy”, as the old sourdoughs in our great North Woods used to say, meaning that they’d been in the bush too long, by themselves. Nowadays, we say “cabin fever”, and I reckon that about covers it.
It almost seems like we’re having two winters this year … I think one of the winters in the Year of Two Winters was the Winter of the Blue Snow, but I could be remembering wrong. Us old men know so damn much that it gets all kinda muddled up together. Anyway, Babe, the blue ox, was born in the Winter of the Blue Snow, but I don’t rightly know if that makes a particle of difference. Or sense, for that matter.
Anyways, I took some more pictures out that same window I shot through in “Some Sunny Ones”. The snow had gotten some more sculpturing from dear old Æolus, when he wasn’t busy trying to freeze my bippy off. I thought you’d be interested. Besides, like I said, I was desperate.

And … snoozing in the sunlight …

Cheers, all!


Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized


20 responses to “Desperation …

  1. Deb Platt

    February 12, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that we don’t end up having a third winter this year. :-/

    • derwandersmann

      February 12, 2014 at 6:16 am

      That’s good. Don’t let ’em freeze that way.

  2. gdare

    February 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I am amazed of how much snow east of the continent got this winter – or both of them, as you say. Nothing like that over here even though we had some cold days in last two weeks. Just rain again, about 20mm predicted for next 24 hours and more than 100mm by the end of the week… Depressing as you say, but I would rather have snow than rain 😦

    • derwandersmann

      February 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Yes, we’ve not got nearly what they have down East, as the old-timers cal the Northern Atlantic seaboard, but even so, we’re well over our normal totals for this point in “the Season”. More snow again today; not much, but every little bit adds up, and we’ve got a fair chance of surpassing the record. Personally, I like the snow … it’s ‘WAY better than the rain. The land around here is composed largely of a soil the podologists call “Greatlakean Till”. It’s left over rock flour from the glaciers grinding the place up, and it can best be described as a gumbo clay. In the spring, especially after the snowpack melts but the underground ice is still frozen, it is a trap for the unwary. I’ve lost shoes in it.

      • gdare

        February 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        I’ve seen that kind of silt in Kentucky-Alleyne lakes here in BC. Looks like a beautiful sandy beach but once you step in it, you are doomed 😛

      • derwandersmann

        February 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        LOL … nice shot, Dare … it’s the rock flour that, farther up, towards the glacier face, would be distributed through the lake, giving it that marvelous aquamarine colour that one finds in most of them. This shot shows a place where the heavier particles have hit a slower current and have fallen out of the flow, but not quite out of suspension.

  3. naomisilverart

    February 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Love your pics and your writing as well!

    It’s been freezing in St. Louis (more like Wisconsin weather-before this winter, that is), but the forecast is calling for temps in the 50’s and even a day in the 60’s next week. So let’s hope everyone gets some warmth soon. Just be grateful you’re not not stuck in the Atlanta ice storm without electricity right now.

    • derwandersmann

      February 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you; all compliments gratefully received.

      If it’s warming up that much that fast, watch out for local flooding. That happens up here a lot. I attended a Rendezvous one year in January, up near Sheboygan (I can’t get used to that spelling; I’m a Michigan boy, and it’s “Cheboygan” over there. A French rendering of the Indian name, you know.), and we had about 24″ on the ground. The Booshway had used a front-loader to push all the snow out of the camp area into a wall all around the campground. Well, it warmed up that night, and the temperature when I hit the Rendezvous was 61°F … It was amusing and heartbreaking to see all the tipis and other tents in a big wading pool of water … COLD water. The folk were soldiering on as best they could, but I got back in the car and found a nice restaurant for lunch and went home, grateful that I hadn’t got there the day before.

  4. Harry...the Man!

    February 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, I really sympathise with the cabin fever risk.

    Over here in Britain it’s rain, rain, rain. The most rainfall in Britain since records began. Wow! Only two years ago they were actually making plans to put standpipes in the streets as the UK was so short of water. Now it is the opposite. God must be thinking, ‘they used to moan about the bad weather so I made Britain sunny; they moaned it was too dry so I sent rain; and now they still moan’. We’re never happy in Britain – we love to moan. At the moment with the rail link to the south west impassible due to land slippage we might actually have something to moan about.

    One thing is that the weather has given you the opportunity to share with us some more of your wonderful photographs. Yes, all is well with the world.

  5. hiSAMtrois

    February 16, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Oh, what a thick and heavy looking snow field! Good morning.
    We have had three times “heavy” snow days in this year. The transportation system of Tokyo was completely down. But It recovered in one day. You may say that’s not “heavy snow”. lololol
    Sweeping snow around my door way and lane and my train-watching guard job site left me heavy pains on my back muscles, especially at trapezius, butocks and hamstrings. Snow sweeping is joyful job in ten minutes, after then it turns one-man-slave-and-master play. Lol.
    It’s sad to count the number of sparrows coming near to me after the heavy snow day. Before snow I could count fifty more at least, and after, I could do less than ten. It’s a fate of wild life.
    But the dead birds feed the living predators, homeless cats and crows.
    Take care of yourself not to get sick and please show me the fine pictures of the Spring nature world.

  6. derwandersmann

    February 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hello, Sam! How nice it is to see you.

    I can certainly sympathise with your painful strains from your efforts at snow removal, although mine never came from that. I spent a year in an iron foundry as a youth; the foundry used sand as a moulding material. I became an expert shoveler, and could move a 4 cubic meter pile of damp sand over 4 feet in about 10 minutes, without back pain. I had other back pains, though, which were never cured until my 85 pound (37 kg) dog lost her ability to go up or down stairs, so I had to carry her up and down 2 flights of stairs four times a day. My back got VERY strong from that.

    This snow is far from the greatest amount we’ve had since I’ve been here … but it’s certainly the most persistent, due to the extreme cold (it never melts, and even sublimation is minimal). I understand that Japan is suffering a great deal from unusual amounts of snow and extreme cold, much as we are. Take care that you don’t slip and fall, and be careful of the cold. A relative writes that her son is teaching in Tokyo, and there is more snow there than in northern Hokkaido.

    I will post Spring shots when I can get some (LOL), as I suppose you will, as well. Do not give up hope … it has to warm up some time, and I saw real liquid water outdoors a couple of days ago.

  7. pam

    February 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Oh do I know about that desperation and cabin fever. We’ve finally had a reprieve today and for the next few days. It’ll be in the 30’s! But by Friday, it’s expected to be down again to 7.

    I actually heard some birds chirping today. What a nice sound…..other than crows and geese.

  8. killjoke

    February 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

    In Denmark, we stil haven’t had any proper snowfall this Winter. Not even frost. Temperatures above zero for almost an entire year now. It’s all right, if you ask me, because we had a very long and icy winter last year. It rains, though. Not record breaking, like they had in GB, but still, only a few days go by without some form of rain, and the ground stays moisty. frequent storms too. These two things combined means, that the storm will cause tree-fall, because even the trees can not hold on to the ground when it is 60 percent mudd one and a half meter down. A cruise around the landscape offers a depressing view of fallen trees. Entire sections of the local woods are down.

    • derwandersmann

      February 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Sounds as though you could use a mud equivalent of the “bear-paw” snowshoe for getting about. They would save the condition of your shoes (or your feet, if you wear canvas shoes), if, indeed, they didn’t save the shoes themselves. I’ve lost shoes in thick, sticky mud.

      • killjoke

        February 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        As long as I am careful not to venture into the most moist locations, I shall be fairly safe. I have a variety of different boots, sp it’s really not a problem. We’re used to wet weather. After all, there’s an average of 210 days with rain in one form or the other in the kingdom of Denmark. 😉

        The bottom of our backgarden is at the foot of a slope in the field just outside, so there’s a natural drainage through the soil, ending op down there. In ancient times one of the previous owners of the place dug a sort of basin under the trees for the purpose but this is only sufficient in ordinary rainy waether. I am contemplating to dig a more permanent reservoir. Could be neat.

        We are living in wetlands. Where highland meets lowland. So, it is bound to get muddy.

      • derwandersmann

        February 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        In soggy country over here, the answer is called a “dry well”, consisting of a well-like excavation, as deep as one desires, filled with gravel (to keep it from collapsing and filling in). This construction is just below ground level, and frequently is lined with a garbage-can sort of affair, with holes pierced in it. It acts as a sort of sump. In your climate, you might need several.
        If you have a place to send the water, a ditch, containing a pierced-wall pipe (called “orangeburg over here; I don’t know why), suitably pitched and filled with gravel or wrapped with a permeable fabric, and then surrounded with gravel and covered with earth, though gravel will do, will take the water to a place that doesn’t mess up your life.

      • killjoke

        February 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

        The folks around here dig ditches and equip them with a fascine/gabion style filling, often combined with silt, and then they put a lawn on top of it. Both of our next door neighbors have done that in the bottom area of the backgarden. Their gardens are arranged like ours, at the bottom of this sloping field. The turf covers up the moisty grund. You would not want to walk around on those lawns on stilts or high heels, 😉 but nothing else will grow there, except trees, and a lawn always looks good.

  9. Mélanie

    February 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi-bonjour from Toulouse, France! I do believe you’re fed-up with all the snow, frost, black ice you’ve had this year… My very best, stay healthy and warm! Sunny greetings and cheers! 🙂 Mélanie

    • derwandersmann

      February 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Not too warm, I hope … I have a very low tolerance for heat.


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