Winter Dreaming

It’s snowing!

We didn’t have snow predicted but here it is.  Not that it will stick, too warm during the afternoon.

For some reason my pear tree is blooming… that’ll be the end of that.  How did I manage to pick a winter blooming pear?

I had a winter blooming shrub rose in Dallas.  Bloomed all through the winter and stood 8 feet tall outside my bedroom window.  I’ve seen it covered with blooms and snow on top.  Wish I had a cutting from that rose.

Snow is nicely insulating for my old trailerstead but we never keep it long. They are calling for a long cold winter with heavy snows this year. My first winter was dry, not more than 4 inches of snow at any point. Last year I had several 12-18 inch storms that shut the freeways down.

At 18 inches they cautioned about trailerstead roof collapse… brrrrr.  I am grateful that my roof stuck with me but one home less than a mile away had its roof peeled off by high winds last winter.

Now I am thinking an underground house might be cosy instead of claustrophobic.  Maybe if I made the house wide but not too deep….   I will draft that out and see what I think.

The upside would be a liveable temperature inside of 55 all year.  Freedom from massive utility bills!  It would free up my best and deepest soil for gardening… a big plus for me.  I would have room to plant a wind baffle and a deciduous shade tree in front and to the west of my house.

My son in Washington is getting snow this week.  Early for them.  I hope they get safely to work and my grandchildren to school.

After watching the Northeast struggle with mountains of snow last year and already seeing heavy snow this year, I wish all of you safety in this season.

Time for winter dreaming.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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