April 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Ha! Just after saying we’re not likely to get snow anymore, the forecast changed into…

April 2016 Snow Forecast

…snow yesterday, snow today and some night frosts ahead. Last week it was so nice and spring-like: budding leaves, first flowers and spring birds. Yesterday, it was still the same โ€“ except with a layer of snow. Here’s a view from yesterday morning:

April 2016 takatalvi

In Finland, we call this kind of return of winter takatalvi. Word-for-word it translates back winter or maybe after winter. The concept doesn’t seem to exist in English, so I can’t translate it any better.

Well, after today, it really, truly seems to be it for the winter. Let’s hope. ๐Ÿ™‚


Last Views of Winter

March 28, 2016 § 1 Comment

Two winter views, now that the snow’s all gone and we’re not likely to get any more. Funny window reflections on the snow:

Reflections on Snow

Fireplace earning its keep:

Fire Feb 2016

The weather’s been unusually warm. In sunny spots, a few wild flowers are already blossoming โ€“ I’ve seen dandylions and coltsfeet (voikukkia ja leskenlehtiรค) and tiny little white ones I can’t identify. There are some small leaf buds on various trees and bushes, too.

Yay, spring!

Sick, Sick, Sick

March 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

I’ve been sick for two weeks today. I’ve done a lot of reading on the sofa.

Huopatossut Jan 2012

Nothing but a persistent flu โ€“ clearly not a bad once, since I’ve not had to stay in bed โ€“ but it’s getting tiresome to be sick and tired all the time. Ohwell, at least it should be out of the way for this season.

Variable February Weather

February 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

Since the downed tree, we’ve had quite variable weather. We’ve had quite brisk snow and clouds without percipitation. I also gather it was the coldest Valentine’s Day around this area, although not in our town. For the VD weekend, we had lows of -8 to -7 Fahrenheit and highs of 21 to 10 F / around -23 Celcius at night and highs of -12 to -10 C.

Feb Sun thru Clouds

Then yesterday, only two days after the (near) record lows, we had rain and the high temperature of 51 F / 11 C!

I don’t remember a February that’s had peaks this extreme.

Dealing with Snow and a Downed Tree

February 9, 2016 § 3 Comments

We had a snow storm last Friday. We were out to shovel the seven inches / ca. 17-18 cm of sloppy, heavy snow three times. It started during the night and went on most of the day, but by early evening the sky was clear already โ€“ and absolutely beautiful! This is the sky just before sunset, which was gorgeous, too, but I didn’t get a picture of that because nature served something else to distract us.

Pink Sunset in Feb 2016

A tree came down, completely blocking the street and the top of our driveway!

Tree Blocking Our Driveway

To the left of the pole in the picture above is our driveway.

Our nextdoor neighbor had just driven past on his riding snow blower to clear his niece’s yard up the road; likewise, Mr. E had just finished clearing the top of our driveway. The two of us were, in fact, standing in front of our garage about 10 yards / meters away from where the top landed, talking about the shoveling when we heard a crack and saw the tree come down. (Oak, we think.)

The fire department was out almost immediately to clear the road. It took them a couple of hours to chop the trunk, haul it aside and check the wires. By then it was too late for us to do anything about the top half that lay on our property.

Saturday morning we came out with loppers and saws. I snipped off smaller branches to make it easier to get to the trunk, and Mr. E sawed off the larger branches and cut the smaller trunks into manageable pieces. We staged the various sized parts in piles all around our driveway before hauling them off into the woods.

Larger Branches Ready to Haul off

Smaller Branches in Piles

Tree Trunk Pieces Downed Wire

Fortunately the day was sunny and bright โ€“ a joy to work in โ€“ for there was an awful a lot of tree to move, even though it wasn’t a particularly large one. I certainly have a new appreciation of how much of a tree’s volume the upper branches form!

All in all, Mr. E and I got off easy: the only damage was to the loppers, which I broke trying to snip off a branch that was a little too thick:

Broken Loppers

What makes me really happy is that no-one got hurt. Even the damage from the downed wires was limited: three households down the street lost their phone & Internet overnight, but I believe no-one was without electricity. There was no property damage, either. We were all very lucky.

There is still one piece of wire looping down to the ground (like a U), but it’s not obstructing anything, and we have four pieces of tree trunk to the side of our driveway that we need to cut and move. Lots of firewood in our future! ๐Ÿ™‚

Green in January

January 25, 2016 § 2 Comments

Happy New Year! How are things? We’re busy with life, as usual. The first snow has come and gone, and the second snow is still here. I’m glad to have some green things around. My hyacinth bulbs from a year ago persisted despite my โ€œcareโ€ and are about to blossom again, yay!

Hyacinth Buds

(I don’t force my flowers. As long as they survive, I’m happy.)

We got rid of our Christmas tree quite some time ago, but these trimmed branches are still doing fine in the basement:

Pine Boughs Basement

Note to self: If we ever need to have a very minimal Christmas, this idea would do well for a little โ€œtreeโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚

Independence Day 2015

December 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Instead of placing them on the window, I hung my two Independence Day candles this year:

Independence Day 2015

(Finland turned 98 yesterday. Two more for a big celebration!)

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