Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Chilling Out

During the "ice storm" we've had here in central Texas over the last few days, we've been fortunate to not have any power outages or other weather-related problems. It always amuses me when people from the north insist that we're "freaking out over nothing," etc. etc. What people forget is that a lot of us live here because this type of thing DOESN'T happen. People who live here are drawn to WARM weather and are oftentimes escaping the ice and snow of colder climates. Furthermore, I'll remind everyone that we're used to a different type of extreme... the HEAT! (We generally don't "get it" when people in Wisconsin get heat stroke when the temp up there hits 90.)

So, here are a few pictures of things that I'm NOT used to seeing:

The Ligustrum that lines the fence between our yard and the neighbors is weighed down by ice.

Ice on our Continental.

The Hancock bridge over Mopac, frozen over.

Ice on the Mexican Plum.

The utility wires connecting to the house.


Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

Yes, it's a novelty to us Austinites and fun up to a point--except for the TxDot workers, emergency crews, and bus drivers who are required to be out in it.

Not only are we not use to it, our plants aren't either. Someone (Firefly @ Sweet Pea Chronicles in Maine, I think) was wondering recently about the fact that it had been so warm in New England that the plants weren't going dormant and the usual protective blanket of snow was missing. How would her garden adjust.

That's how we southern gardeners feel once a year or so when we're hit with our big winter storm. A couple of weeks ago it was 81. Plants are in flower. Few go dormant. My roses are budding, finally recovering from last summer's over-the-top heat. And, then. Wham!

January 17, 2007 2:52 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Did you see how bad the new tollways got, and how quickly the flyovers iced up? Even the roads are built differently here, with the emphasis on not buckling in heat instead of lasting through winter.

Our garage has my son's 'under construction' vehicle in it. So the only car not covered in ice doesn't even run.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

January 19, 2007 2:01 PM  

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