Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Garden of Ice

Taken November 18, 2011.

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  1. I think these are the coolest things ever, and wish I could see them in person! I'm surprised that after years of living in the woods, I never saw them. Just love Ma Nature doing her thing. And pictures of it! :)

    And Nicky, I'd be whining big-time if the house was at 60. I am a wuss, always cold.

    3am is entirely too early to be awake. The "awake after sleeping 5 hours" fairy came to Mexico with me, apparently.

    Have a great Tuesday, y'all! I'm going to try to get back to sleep....

  2. ... continued from last night.

    I can see why your so intent on getting all the heat you can now, Beth. Hope you brought some longjohns.

    Wow Nicky. That's got me thinking very nice thoughts about our lovely warm woodstove (and well insulated house) reading that.

  3. Ugh Beth -- I'm very sorry to be saying good morning to you. But judging by my last garbled sentence, maybe that's all I'm ready for.

    To see frost flowers, you need the right kind of plants in the right place, the right amount of ground water, the right temps, and the right time of day so it's not really surprising that you haven't ever seen any.

  4. I like a cold house, but 60 is over doing it!

    Love the plants, Andi. Wish they were easier to find.

    To a good day for all of us!

  5. I just love those ice ribbons!

    Tired. It's that special time of year to work in retail... ugh. People are so freaking stressed out and they are getting mean. We were joking about O'Liely and his minions BS about the war on christmas and a lady said that there was a war on christmas. We all stared at one another. The lady was serious. And she had a potty mouth. Finally another worker said, "Does Jesus know you talk like that?" LOL

    Imagine, people are so worked up about nothing. The other day a lady bought santa thingies and little stocking stuffer types things so I asked/said, "great stocking stuffer ideas" and she raised her voice and said she celebrated St. Nicolas' day NOT christmas. I was all, you're barking at the wrong tree. :/

    You really can't win in retail this time of year. Holiday, Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza. So I usually just say "HEY!" :) There's no real talking to people whose priorites and info are so messed up.

    Saw one of those red buttons that say something like "Jesus misses hearing you say Merry Christmast" - OMFG! Really? I think Jesus would probably say something more like, "to all my followers, you really fragged things up. Try helping all the children on the planet who are sick, dying, hurting, hungry rather than dressing up in red and demanding people respect your holiday shopping practices." Jesus, good guy. His followers, meh not so much.

    Work for Wayne is going wonderful and he's up for another bump and moolah. He's upped our insurance policy so work is having some some special health check up and for convienice sake it's beind done at our house. So NOT convenient!!! I don't want some insurance nurse in my house. GUH!

    I'd love a vacation at 40 acres. I promise not to be a bad guest and I'd help with meals and I can stack and lug wood. I'm sure Bebo and Sniff would love all my smells :)

    UGH, GUH and now HUG!

  6. My father-in-law was the generation that didn't approve of pampering yourself (ie having a warm house) so I always took hotwater bottles when we went to stay. And he liked the windows open too, however cold it was, so add that to the lack of heating...

    That's the origin of the British 'stiff upper lip' - it was frozen stiff with cold!

  7. Those things are so cool. I should try looking for them here at some point.

    Mellowish day for me. Finish getting the lights up and a run are about the only things on the official schedule. I shall, more generally be making domestic order out of chaos, but other than that, nada. I'm kind of enjoying this between books thing this time.

  8. It's like Monday all over again, only this time, I'm @ the mimes. :)

    Busy day.

    re: house temp - I love to keep mine at around 65F - I tend to get overheated easily.

    Ended up spending yesterday being lazy - watching Captain America, then reading. Finished Seanan McGuire's One Salt Sea. Read Kevin Hearne's Hexed (2nd in Iron Druid books).

    Over the weekend, I read 3 other books (Tanya Huff's Nights of the Round Table and Other Stories of Heroic Fantasy; Tanya Huff's The Wild Ways; Seanan McGuire's Late Eclipses).

    I love it when I go on these reading binges!

  9. ETA: one more book I read: Tripping to Somewhere by Kristopher Reisz - recommended by Malindo Lo.

    Yes, yes, I read fast.

  10. LOL, we keep our house at about 65F (therm set to 18C) ... and I find it's just right, nice and toasty. As it is, I'm usually down to a T-shirt when I'm in the kitchen.

  11. I keep it at 80 in the summer, and 74-76 in the winter. And have stopped skiing, although I love it and it's the only sport I do well, because my hands get so cold I cry all the way down the mountain.

    You folks are hardy! Which is why YOU live up there and I live down here!

    Speaking of which, I'm back off to lie in the sun some more, and warm my poor old bones. :)

  12. They're not that hard to find, Dina -- so long as you come visit me at the right time of year and get out of the house before they melt. :)

    You have all my sympathy, Janet. I grew up working at our family store and this was always the very worst time of year. Also, bring your tent, the hubby, and the kids ... but spring is really the time to come.

    You'd think with that block of ice forming on it, Nicky, it would really be hard to keep those upper lips from dropping to the floor.

    Too late there, Kelly, since you have snow on the ground. You have to do it before the ground really freezes (a little surface freeze is okay).

    Have you read Ekaterina Sedia, Maria? I just finished her newest book Heart of Iron which I liked a lot though not quite a much as Alchemy of Stone.

    Oh Candis, you Canadians are just so hardy. :P

    Happy warmth, Beth.

  13. re: Ekaterina Sedia - I haven't read her, but she's on the list of authors to read.