Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Pictures Tell the Sad Tale

The release of pent-up snow on our metal roof is a pretty significant event. It can fall off the upper roof, onto the main one with a house-shaking thud. Just such a thud was heard but my husband said "I hope that wasn't the chimney. It is leaning." Such a comment definitely piqued my interest!! So out we dashed to view the roof. The chimney was still where it was supposed to be, but it was definitely leaning.

No matter what angle you viewed it from, it was definitely leaning.

So back in we went and in less than 5 minutes. We heard another crash. DH says "That has to be the chimney."

He went up to survey the damage. Its hard to tell from this picture that he is on a roof, but he is many feet above the ground.

So he determined that since it is too cold for mortar to set, we will have to do without the use of our woodstove for the rest of the winter. I sure hope we are done with the coldest part of the winter and will just coast out the rest of it. Dare I hope?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Snow Kept Coming!

We are one hundred miles north of Spokane, Washington and I know that if someone there reads this post they will scoff. They had 62" of snow in December, and we had less than half of that. But it was still very beautiful!! Usually when we get snow it starts to melt down in a few days, so it rarely lasts very long on the trees. But this time we had fluffy snow piling up for 3 full weeks. It was a true winter wonderland.

I put this ruler in the snow on our deck. It was fully covered after the next snowfall. What made it so interesting was to check how much snow had accumulated right after it finished snowing, then look at the ruler 24 and 48 hours later. The snow would settle as much as 2", without any melting temperatures!

It started to melt about 4 days ago, but here are some pics I took a few hours before it started to melt.

Friday, January 09, 2009


About an hour ago I was wandering though Picasa on my computer, deleting some photos. Picasa is a free downloadable image organizer and editor from Google. Very handy, particularly in that you can upload very easily to Picasaweb, a free online photo album.

As I was looking through I said "Why are these images here? I have other copies of them. I will just delete them." So I deleted away, not bothering to read the message that came up in a box where I hit the "Yes" buttom. Suddenly I caught a glimpse of something like "this image will be deleted from your blog". WHAT!!??!!

It seems that Picasa makes folder of all the photos one puts on their blog. That folder does not show up in my Windows folder, only in Picasa.

The box said it may take up to 24 hrs before it happens. I guess I can't re-upload anything until they disappear, or I will have two copies. How annoying this is!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Balancing Acts

We have had quite a bit of snow so far this winter. Luckily the temperature has been cold enough to keep the snow on the trees, therefore creating a true winter wonderland. Yesterday my ruler in the snow on our balcony read 20" but had compressed down to 19" by this morning.

To keep colour in the forefront in my life, I make quilts in the winter. I call it my indoor gardening.