Less than a month til first day of Winter – and then the days will start getting longer!

Red Sky at Morning, in this case, means we will get a break from freezing temperatures and maybe even a little rain!

Red Sky at Morning, in this case, means we will get a break from freezing temperatures and maybe even a little rain!

Today the old KIST! thermometer registered 28, but only for a short time. I know, it’s by hairs, but it is actually warming up faster this morning, and  that’s alright with me.  Weatherman says we’re headed for lows in the 30’s – Wow! I’ve already lost a few plants that I wasn’t quick enough to take inside, so I’m happy about that.

Aye! Pobrecito!

Aye! Pobrecito!

The nopals lose a few leaves at this time of year. They grew so much over Summer, I knew this would happen. I don’t wrap them anymore, I just cut the dead stuff off in Spring and start again. I don’t cut it off so quick though – sometimes they will recover, scarred, but still alive.

I moved most of my aloe vera inside after a few leaves froze solid the other night. If the whole plant gets frozen it’s dead. I have one that’s attached to a post on my patio – wrapped, it survives, but gets uglier and uglier until February or so when it starts to grow again.

I left one leaf sticking out the other night and it froze solid enough to snap like a twig the next day.

This looks like a person, but it’s my aloe vera mother plant, screwed to the patio post. I can’t  take her inside so I cover her up.  I left one leaf sticking out the other night and it froze solid enough to snap like a twig the next day. So now I wrap her with two towels. 

This morning there was no frost on my black plastic sheets, but the grass was white.

It must hurt for the dogs to walk on this stuff.

It must hurt for the dogs to walk on this stuff.

Badges found his tug-o-war rope, but he didn’t like the frost.

He spit it out and shook his head.

He spit it out and shook his head. I think his feet are so small they hardly feel any cold.

Luckily we didn’t have to worry about our indoor pipes this time, I left them dripping a couple of nights, but the rest of the week it seemed sufficient to leave the sink cabinets open so the house air could keep the pipes warm. The outdoor faucets are all frozen solid until later in the morning.

This last bit of rainwater has frozen completely solid in this bucket.

This last bit of rainwater has frozen completely solid in this bucket. Dog dish is covered with a thick sheet of ice. Biscuit has learned to smash into it with one paw if I don’t get to it with a stick first.

At 7 am I take the dogs out to find it’s already 32 degrees outside – I know, still cold, but better than 28! Yesterday it was 29 on my patio at 8:30. 

Yesterday I realized, it’s almost the first day of Winter. The days are getting noticeably shorter, and yeah, that’s creepy and depressing! I can visualize our planet, our dear Mother, hobbling out into space, all alone. With us all strapped on her back – Voyage of the Damned! 

Here’s the good news – in less than a month, she will turn around and start hobbling back, like an old woman gathering sticks for the fire.  The days will start getting longer again, thankyouverymuch! 

I need to think of a good book in common for this dark time of year, I’ll think on it. 

 

 

 

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