Friday, the nineteenth of January

A light but steady rain is falling on the cool morning coffee muses.

Two sounds dominate, steel on steel and falling water. One natural the other man-made. One gentle and punctuated by soft bird sounds, the other harsh and split by the whistle of an air horn.

The temperature on the front porch was 40° when I looked before coming out. That was what the high was supposed to be yesterday… we never made it. The prediction for today’s high is 60°. We can only wait and see. Tomorrow the prognosticators are foretelling a high of 70°… springlike if I’ve ever seen it.

The rain is getting softer. But there are darker clouds all around. Maybe the rain will finally melt the ice in the roof valleys on the north side of the house. At least the cold isn’t so intense that it’s numbing my hands.

There are large, loose flocks of birds flying around, mixed flocks of birds of different sizes. And, a steady stream of species are hitting the feeder. From my old favorites, the chickadees and the titmice to my new favorite the pine warbler. Goldfinches, cardinals, and house sparrows… The yellow-rumps out under the trees.

The wind is picking up and the wind chill is getting to my exposed skin… add in the empty cup of muses and it’s time to move this indoors….

Thursday, January the eighteenth

It looks and feels like winter morning coffee muses.

The sun is gone, the cold stayed. Though moderated, it’s still just 32° out here this morning. Did I mention it’s also breezy. Leaded skies keeping the sun’s warmth above, winter’s cold below.

There’s a feeding frenzy going on at the base of all my backyard trees and bushes. Lots of cheeping going on accented by the cooing of a mourning dove. Yellow-rumps, pine warblers, eastern bluebirds, goldfinches, house sparrows, cardinals… and many more I’m sure.

Time to move this muse inside the almost empty house. Quiet for the first time in days. Even the grandkids were looking forward to getting back to school. It’s overly warm in the house this morning even though I returned the thermostat to it’s normal 68°. I could live with it lower, but I’m alone in that sentiment. It’s a battle I’ve fought all of my life, spending much of my winter hours of my life outside where I could dress as warm as I was comfortable with.

Checking out the weather prognosticators foretelling for the coming ten days has me looking at moderate temperatures, but both weekends are foretold to be rainy. The high for this Saturday is foretold to reach 70°. Shorts and t-shirt weather for sure.

I took a break and cleaned the kitchen while watching Rachel and Joe and Mika on the TV. Then I built a kitchen sink/ice box leftover soup and put a batch of cornbread in the oven… lunch should be pretty good in a few hours.

The view out the living room window hasn’t changed since I got up, though the forecast is for pm sun… we’ll see.

Wednesday, January the seventeenth

Sunny but cold, a breezy morning coffee muses.

It’s only in the lower twenties in the shade right now. Luckily, this porch is in the sun… unluckily, the wind is gusting pretty strongly trying to suck the warmth right out of my soul.

The ice pellets on the ground around the tree trunks are still there. Like a dusting of snow on bare ground. The hood and roof of my Sport Trac are still white against the dark blue. Ice sickles still hang here and there.

For the second day, schools are closed. The world is mostly quiet once again as everyone was warned to stay off the frozen roads. So the only sound I’m hearing is the wind in the trees. As I sit here letting the cold seep into my bones.

All day yesterday the bird feeders out front were busy, the ones out back, not so much. The ice on the roof must be starting to melt… there’s a drip drip drip picking up speed on the lid of the garbage can.

It looks like I need to move this muse indoors before I completely freeze…

Here’s what I saw when I fired up the computer…

Just keep in mind, my wind gage has been funky for months now.

The front feeders are busy again today,  The goldfinches are eating me out of house and seed.

This winter has actually been a winter. My heat has been on since before Christmas, we’ve had two snow events and a frozen precipitation event… And it’s only the middle of January.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m gonna enjoy winter while it lasts… Have a great weather day all…

Tuesday, the sixteenth day of January

It’s cold, it’s raining, the winds are gusting on this morning coffee muses.

It’s already ready at 32°, the wind in the pines is roaring, and the radar is showing a wintery mix of precipitation falling right now. I’m all bundled up and it’s still cold. So the outside portion of this muse will be short lived.

With my hoodie tied tight around my face, my field of vision is almost nonexistent, focused on the kindle screen. I just looked at the full radar and the snow is already south and west of us. looks like there might even be snow palling on the Nash Prairie Preserve.

From the sounds out and about, every living thing is hunkered down somewhere. I am only seeing a few birds flying from one semi sheltered spot to another…time to abandon my rocker and move inside.

Wow, my coffee had gone lukewarm by the time I got my first sip after losing the hand coverings. From the desk, my view of the front feeders show they are covered in goldfinches with a single splash of red from a male cardinal.

This just in from the city:

Winter Weather Event – 10:00 a.m.

Frozen precipitation is forecast to begin falling in the Alvin area early this afternoon, with temperatures falling in the mid-twenties overnight.  Because of this winter weather event, there is the potential for the icing of roads, bridges and overpasses.

Non-emergency City offices will close today at 11:00 a.m. and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

City crews and trucks are prepared to sand any bridges or roadways that may have icing.

Residents are encouraged to limit travel during the afternoon and overnight hours, and if travel is necessary, to use extreme caution.

Please make sure to bring your pets inside during these frigid temperatures.

Check the City’s website and social media accounts for further updates.

And the schools are closed across the area. What would the folks up north think of us?

I think I’ll get on with the day… Stay warm everyone.

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders