I didn't know whether to cancel trapping at a distant trailer park for early this morning or not. A freezing rain event was to go through starting near 10:00 a.m. I hate to waste spay neuter spots I had to get over a month in advance. I had 10 reservations in Salem Monday for those trailer park cats. In the end, I called the Stayton trailer park cat caretaker and cancelled, and it was a good thing, storm came earlier than expected and freezing rain began to sputter down just after 7:00 a.m.
For over an hour it was freezing rain. The hummingbird feeder would freeze over within 20 minutes of me unfreezing it. I don't know how my one hummingbird has survived nights in the teens.
Now its turned to snow. For awhile it snowed hard in huge fat drifting flakes that were mesmerizing to watch.
There's not that much snow and its given traction to the concrete of my sloped driveway and the asphalt of the street. I have not ventured out in my car and won't, but others on the block finally have. The mailman faithfully drove through too. Nothing stops the mail.
Freezing rain is far worse than snow. Now that its snow, everybody is breathing easier. But its supposed to return to freezing rain, that will lodge down inside the loose construction of snow and then all will freeze, I fear. One big fricking sliding rink then.
But for now its all quiet and pretty, all of life dampered down and pure and so few cars out one could pretend easy enough to not live in a crowded city along a packed to the max freeway.
So I'm drifting in and out of sleepy dreams today, pretending.
|Ice this morning|
|At noon now its snow|
|This morning it was ice coating the street.|
|Snow now, nice and powdery, good traction|