Over the last week and a half or so, our weather has been all over the proverbial map. We have had brilliant sunshine, quickly followed by rain, sleet, more sunshine, and piles and piles of snow. The result of all of this freezing and thawing and freezing and thawing has been the development of what almost looks like a miniature ice forest in the bushes near the house in our front yard. Over the weekend the shrubbery developed a veritable collection of fancy looking icicles, which just seemed to grow bigger and stranger with each passing day. Am I the only one who cannot write the word "shrubbery" without thinking of Monty Python?
The lower branches and root areas of the bushes are encased in ice, with icicles continuing to grow down from the top of the bushes to join up with the big hunks of ice near the ground. And some of the formations are really interesting and strange. They kind of remind me of elephant trunks.
Something about icicles that are so easily accesible sans ladder makes it almost impossible not to break them off to get a closer look. I'm not sure why that is. But we all took turns pulling off a few of the bigger icicles and then brought them into the house to examine them a bit further. I'm glad that we did, because our ice forest is beginning to melt this morning and very soon, the sparkling ice-covered shrubbery will be encased in that famous seasonal scourge instead. Yep. I'm talking about mud.
Does mud count as a weather phenomenon like snow or hail? Because having a few mud days off from school would save both my washing machine and my sanity.
Oh, and a reminder that the Alphabet Glue birthday sale ends tomorrow (Wednesday) at midnight. It has been great fun to see how many families have used the occasion to stock up on back issues that they were missing. Thanks to you all for your incredible support (again)!