It's VERY cold today here in the Texas Hill Country. It was very cold yesterday, too; I'm pretty sure it didn't get much above freezing all day. And I believe it's supposed to be even colder tomorrow. Brrrrrrr!!!!!
I know that the whole country is having a really bad winter this year, with blizzards in the north and out west, and frigid conditions along the eastern seaboard. And, of course, it's nowhere near that bad here. But in this part of the world, we're ill prepared for this kind of cold lasting as long as it has this winter - December was colder than normal, too. It's turning out to be the coldest winter we've had in 20 years. When we were shopping at HEB the other day, the young man checking us out said he couldn't remember it ever being this cold this long, and I'm sure what he said was true. A whole generation of kids have grown up here, not knowing what a real winter is like.
The Austin area power companies have been issuing warnings about using too much energy at certain times of the day, and say we should turn the thermostat down to 68 or lower at night. We've been keeping ours around 70, so I guess we'll need to do some adjusting. The hubs has taken to wearing woolly socks and the heavy sweaters he thought he'd never wear again, once we moved back to Texas. And I've ordered some flannel nighties from LL Bean. Flannel nighties!!!
Needless to say, I stayed in all day yesterday - well-known weather wimp that I am. Except for about a minute during the evening when I wrapped up and ran outside to take some photos of the frozen water in our birdbath. These were the best shots, but it's still a little hard to see - those bubbles are frozen under the ice. (Oh, and those are decorative birdies - not frozen real ones!)
I do worry about the animals and birds in this kind of weather. Fortunately, it's not likely to last too long - the sun will melt all that ice, and we'll all feel a lot better.