View into My Backyard

IMG_3515The view from my bedroom window at 8:40 a.m.  The sun is barely up, and it is cold outside. It is -17 F.  Yes, that is 17 degrees below zero.  There is only a 5 mph wind, so it feels the same temperature as it is.

Notice the windswept snow. We really have had a difficult winter. That is saying a lot since North Dakota is known for its harsh weather.  It started with freezing rain on Dec 1. That made everything icy for the whole month of December.  During that month we had bone-chilling cold. Many days below zero for highs and wind chill temperatures in the minus 30 to 40 degrees.  It was cold.

Then January came. It warmed up some, but we have been in a pattern of a little warmer weather…somewhere in the 20s or 30s for highs for a day or two and then around zero for a day or two.  The worst part is January isn’t normally too windy.  However the wind has been relentless.  We have had many days where the sustained winds are in the 30 mph range.  There have even been a few with sustained winds in the 50s. That means we have felt into the high 60 mph winds on some days. Let me tell you, when it is already cold, it just can be miserable. There has also been damage from the winds. The even stranger part is that it has been windy at night.  Normally it is calm during the night.


However, we have had some beautiful moments and sights as well.  Yesterday we had the most gorgeous sun dogs I think I have ever seen.  Check out this photo above from the Bismarck Tribune.  If you want to see more click on the photo.  There literally seemed like we had 3 suns in the sky.  It made me speechless.

I am definitely ready for some nicer weather.  It doesn’t look like it will be happening any time soon.  So in the meantime I will bundle up, drink my hot tea, and enjoy God’s beauty whenever I can.


Sunday Still Life – Signs of Life

Life is Good

We had one nice, sunny day this past week.  It mostly has been cold, cloudy and grey.  I found this hosta plant fading but still showing green signs of life.  It is going into a resting period, but it will be back next spring.  The sun is already low in the sky most of the day, but it was peaking around the house to shed light on the gorgeous colors. Life is good.

Sunday Still Life – First Storm

3 pm Snow

For those of you that are enjoying beautiful fall weather, I thought I would show you a photo from Friday.  We had some of the storm that hit South Dakota make it up to North Dakota.  We didn’t get the 4 feet of snow like they did, but we had a storm, none the less.

We ended up getting 2.25″ of liquid.  The wind was 40 mph at times.  The good news is that the storm ended yesterday afternoon.  Today it was gorgeous outside (actually went to an outdoor sale where it was wonderful to stand outside in the warm sun.  Most of the snow has melted.  I sure wasn’t ready for snow and storms.  Hoping Mother Nature got it out of her system, and we can enjoy a couple more months of 50 to 60 degree weather.  Yeah, I am probably dreaming, but I can hope.