Tag: cold

Frozen Cactus – 365-035

frozen cactus

We have had record breaking cold temperatures the last two days, single digits both night and yesterday never got above freezing. The cold has not been kind to certain cactus.

ice on cactus

That is ice at the break.

cactus icicle

Can you see the icicle hanging?

cactus juice

Today the temps are finally getting above freezing and the cactus is beginning to thaw, causing cactus juice to seep out at the breaks.

cactus

Other types of cactus do not appear to have suffered any.

cactus

I took these pictures at the wrong time of day, around noon, so the glare and shadows are rather intense. Sorry.

This cold has been quite an adventure, as we have been without gas since Thursday morning. No gas for us means we have no heat, no hot water and no stove. Luckily I had the car yesterday and was able to pick up some electric room heaters, some of the last to be found in town. That has enabled us to stay at our house rather than camp out at friends. My three crockpots work well for heating water (think dishes and sponge baths) and for cooking (a roast beef dinner is cooking away) and we do have a small toaster oven, so we are not going hungry. Now we are just waiting for the gas company workers to come around, turn back on our gas and relight the pilots, something that could take a couple of days, given the number of households they have to visit, one by one.

Arctic Air!

Brrr!! I am not impressed! I had to put layers on this morning to walk the dog. Several layers, in fact. I even dug out my hand-crocheted scarf to wrap around my head and ears and neck to keep out the cold wind. We even lit a fire in the fireplace last night. It seemed to serve a purely decorative purpose, though, since very little heat came out of the grate, even when we opened the glass doors. About all that did was let in some smoke, which was not desirable.

I shouldn’t complain, really. We have only had just a few days of cold weather here since shortly before Christmas. Maybe two weeks total. But that is more than enough for me. It was 32 this morning when I walked Penny, with a wind chill of 26. More than cold enough for me!

This weekend was a quiet one as Bill studied away, preparing for another certification test. This is an update for an existing certification and the good news is, he just called to tell me he passed the test! Hurray! Now maybe he can find something else to do for a few weeks besides studying. It seems like that is all he has done for the past several months as he’s taken two update tests and two other Certification tests. Guess we will have to do something special today to celebrate!