Category Archives: Winter

Finally Some White Stuff

So far winter has delivered brutal cold, but not much snow. On Sunday and Monday an Alberta Clipper swung through Wisconsin and finally gave us the first real snowfall of the season. Instantly there were birds flocking to the feeders, … Continue reading

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It’s Coming Back! Part Two

More coping with winter by poring over photographs from last summer’s garden!

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No Really! It’s Coming Back!

Usually it’s late January or early February before I start going stir-crazy and need to look through photos to remind myself that summer will eventually return. I’m peaking a little early this year because it’s been so darn cold.  

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The Chill is On!

The big flocks of birds that were hanging around our neighborhood were smart to finally move on because it’s been chilly here over the last few days. Now only the tough regulars are visiting the feeders like this cardinal: Temps … Continue reading

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Graupel Showers

Last Monday we got a little preview of winter when rain showers that were forecast for the area dropped graupel instead. Dropped what? Graupel is a snowflake coated with supercooled water droplets. Graupel falls in milky-white pellets. When it’s falling … Continue reading

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Brown and Crispy

After 30 days with only a few drops of rain, we finally received a half-inch on Wednesday night. Unfortunately it’s too late for many of this year’s flowers. I was away for 10 days and couldn’t keep up with watering, … Continue reading

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Pick a Season

The Climate Prediction Center is promising a warm and wet meteorological spring (March-May) for our area. So far March has been, in a word, whiplash. On the first day of March we got a record snowfall for the date—3.7 inches, … Continue reading

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I Control Spring (or So I Tell Myself)

Every winter I get a little overly-excited when it’s time to place my flower seed orders. Part of it is a power trip. If I can coax some seedlings to life inside my house when it’s still 3 degrees and … Continue reading

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Blue Friday?

Next Monday is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year for many people. I peaked too early. I’m in full winter doldrums mode already. Maybe staring at some flower photos will cheer me up. Save

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Winter Stomps in

The first snowfall of the season is usually pretty gentle, so it’s usually not too difficult to ease into the chill and the wet and the shoveling. This year’s entry was more of a whiplash affair. On Saturday the grass … Continue reading

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