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April tornadoes bring … snow?

April 19, 2011 | Iowa,Spring,Weather,Winter

I’m not sure I want to see what’s in store for us in May.

Yeah. Good thing we put up the swings.


Posted by Becky @ 10:17 am | 4 Comments  

On ice

February 21, 2011 | Iowa,Weather,Winter

Our lights flickered for several hours yesterday. Then they went out. And stayed out. We pulled out the sofa-sleeper, opened up the recliners and camped out in the living room, where the fireplace is. I read by candlelight for a while, then made sure everyone was tucked in, blew out the candles and found a spot under the covers. I’d say I slept, but that didn’t really happen. I was up again at 2 a.m., when the power came back, turning things off again. This morning, we cleared downed branches. We’d heard the trees cracking under the ice all night.

Posted by Becky @ 10:59 am | Comments  

Weather: Blizzard No. 1 of 2011

January 7, 2011 | Blizzard,Family,Iowa,Weather,Winter

The first blizzard of 2011 is howling and prowling outside my home right now. My husband is on the interstate somewhere, and I’m hoping he’ll make it home tonight. How many blizzards did we have last year … 10? 12? I lost count. While I’ve driven in low-visibility conditions before, wow. I can’t say it’s ever been as bad as it was today.

This? Is the school parking lot. They started pulling schoolchildren off the school buses and kept them at school because it wasn’t safe to send the buses out … on the streets. It was bad.

This was our visibility on the way home. I drove 20 miles per hour.

The kids helped watch for the house, which we never saw.

We could barely see the mailbox.

But, hey. There’s the sun. Whee.

Posted by Becky @ 5:56 pm | 6 Comments  

You will be mine in apple blossom time

December 15, 2010 | Iowa,Spring,Weather

More spring pictures.

Posted by Becky @ 8:19 pm | Comments  

Baby whatcha say we go pickin’ wildflowers?


I’m cleaning up my blog. What a great draft post to run across after Blizzard No. 1 in 2010. Ah. Memories of spring.

Posted by Becky @ 8:18 pm | Comments  

Blizzard No. 1

December 12, 2010 | Iowa,Weather,Winter

Spent several hours on this. Still not done. We need a bigger tractor.

Posted by Becky @ 5:00 pm | Comments  

First blizzard of the season

December 11, 2010 | 2010,Iowa,Weather,Winter

It’s a blizzard, y’all.

Posted by Becky @ 2:02 pm | 1 Comment  

Ice storm

November 24, 2010 | Holidays,Iowa,Weather

Brrrrr! This is what an ice storm in Iowa does. Good thing we’re all safe and warm at home and ready for the holiday tomorrow.

Posted by Becky @ 7:48 pm | 5 Comments  

I was feeling a little under the rainbow today

August 31, 2010 | Iowa,Weather

Posted by Becky @ 5:17 pm | 3 Comments  


March 18, 2010 | Iowa,Spring,Weather,Winter

You’re what? Snow. Girl. Melted! (a la B-52s)

Yep. Here lies what’s left of Snowgirl. Look closely. That’s her cute little carrot nose and stick arms. That pile of snow in the middle is, I think, what’s left of her pretty hat. So long, Snowgirl.

I’d feel more smug about telling her not to let the door hit her on the way out, but I don’t think she and her pal Old Man Winter are done with us yet. That’s right. Snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Oh well. At least we had two glorious days with 50 degrees.

Posted by Becky @ 2:42 pm | 1 Comment  


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