01/13/2017 – Lucky Cat Friday Fun

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

I’m watching you, Friday the 13th, and all I see are LUCKY black cats.

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We had a major storm event here Tuesday evening in the form of record snowfall of 8-12 inches. The week before, we were in freezing temperatures. Our area hardly ever gets snow so we guess it makes sense that our city doesn’t have snowplows. That’s not to say none of the roads get cleared, it just takes a little longer and then, only major roads are cleared. Living half a mile from a major road means dicey driving to that main road using a car that can’t use chains, and why would we want snow tires for a car in a city that doesn’t get snow?

*face palm*

Here’s time-line photos of around Colehaus over the past two weeks:

Our backyard fountain - © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain – © Colehaus.com

Our backyard fountain coated in thick ice. Daily temperature from January 4th through January 8th sat between 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-11.1 Celsius) and 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.7 Celsius).

Lower portion of fountain - © Colehaus.com

Lower portion of fountain – © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice - © Colehaus.com

Upper pillar encased in ice – © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over - © Colehaus.com

Top of fountain iced over – © Colehaus.com

When it gets this cold (again, this is very unusual for us but does happen every great once in a while), the water coming from the top of the pillars form an ice bubble. Water continues to flow out but down the rock under the ice.

Sunday night through Tuesday morning, things warmed up and most of the ice fell or melted off.

On Tuesday, our area was predicted to get a dusting-to-half an inch of snow beginning around six in the evening.

Our dusting of snow - © Colehaus.com

Our dusting of snow – © Colehaus.com

Here’s our dusting at 8 p.m.

More than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

More than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

By 10 p.m. we had four inches and still the snow continued.

WAY more than a dusting - © Colehaus.com

WAY more than a dusting – © Colehaus.com

Wednesday morning, it was still snowing and at noon, it let up enough for Mom to shovel the sidewalk and a path down the driveway in case Dad wanted to get the mail (he didn’t want to risk it). Mom said the snow was very powdery and was like shoveling fluffy mash potatoes. Mmmm….

No ice but lots of snow - © Colehaus.com

No ice but lots of snow – © Colehaus.com

The backyard fountain changed out of its ice dress and into a fluffy snow dress.

Feral shelters in snow - © Colehaus.com

Feral shelters in snow – © Colehaus.com

Mom also cleared paths from the feral shelters to the feeding stations, and checked the shelters. Both were toasty warm with beds hollowed out in the thick straw that fills each. A tuxie cat (possible feral?) was/is staying in Spitty’s shelter (against far fence) and two of our neighbor’s outdoor-only cats are staying in the one under the back porch steps.

Even though we can’t go anywhere, we’re having a very exciting week! Good thing our house is filled with groceries, cat food, litter, and lots of blankets. We’re set for the long haul!

Olivia is toasty - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia is toasty – © Colehauscats.com

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We’re taking Monday off because when we asked, reportedly, some of the Colehaus Cats said that would be okay. We’ll have a photo or two up, nevertheless. Have a great weekend!

27 responses to “01/13/2017 – Lucky Cat Friday Fun

  1. You have the right idea, Olivia! Your fountain looks beautiful, but nokitty in their right mind wants to be out in that.

  2. We had snow this morning here in the UK and it caught us by surprise!

  3. BRRR…those photos were beautiful but they made us cold!!! We think Olivia is a very smart kitty!

    The Florida Furkids

  4. Snow and ice… yuck. So pretty, but what a pain to live with. We are very glad you had accomodations ready for the outdoors set.

  5. Having icky weather is a bummer, but such lovely snow and ice formations are rather pretty! Olivia, you are a beautiful kitty, and I’m glad that you are staying warm and toasty. I mentioned on FB that every time we get snow at our place, I always shovel out pathways for the feral cats! Have a wonderful weekend, all!

  6. We’re glad you have supplies–especially cat supplies!

  7. Katie Isabella

    Oh BUMMER! It’s beautiful but I am here to meow it is mighty hard to get around in. xox

  8. Seriously? Your neighbor doesn’t let the cats in when it’s snowing and cold? Thank goodness you have your shelters for them and the tuxie. Beautiful pictures of you, Olivia!

  9. I’m glad for your ferals that you have accommodations set up for them!

  10. You are very kind to set up shelters! They certainly overstated the “dusting” MOL Keep warm!!

  11. cranbereez guyz…..we due knot even see that kinda snow in one fall; ore rare lee…. { we iz knockin on all de wood we see } …high pawz for helpin shelter de kittehz….we noe they apurreciatez a warm safe place two go ~~~~~~~ we bee off line on monday az well

    heerz two a lemon tetra kinda week oh end two all ♥♥♥

  12. Gosh there is wild wacky crazy weather everywhere.
    We are kinda like your area rarely get snow when we do a few inches. They will put down brine on the major roads and interstates and plow but never in the residential. We had a sleet storm last Saturday and were house bound til Wednesday.
    Happy 13th
    Hugs Madi and mom.

  13. Katie Isabella

    You all are like I am here. If Katie says OK…then I can take it to the bank.

  14. OMC. That’s a lot of snow. Funny, we usually get lots of snow here but we have none! Maybe you got all our snow.

  15. Olivia is a cutie. Sorry you are getting such bad weather, snow is pretty, but there is nothing good about ice.

  16. You guys did get some amazing ice!

  17. Yowza! That is a lot of snow, even we haven’t had that much this winter at one time. Hope it melts slowly enuf that you don’t have a flood.

  18. Wes loved seeing your pictures of the fountain and the time line shots!!
    The cold and snow caught almost all the peoples and city by surprise out here in Vancouver. It has been 1000 days since wes had snow, and almost 10 years since they had been major snow over a period of time…its been over 3 weeks now. Mes can’t wait for it to end!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  19. Whoa! Watch that you don’t bust a pipe. That’s what happened in our complex. The temps went way down and the pipes froze. Then when the temps got warmer, the pipe bursts. That happens almost every year here. have a great weekend.

  20. Your fountains ice dress is pretty! We do not get that kind of weather much, either

  21. Eu adoro essas fotos com neve, é muito bonito, mas acho que eu não
    colocaria os pés para fora da porta naquele frio. hihi
    Eu fico imaginando como um gato de rua consegue sobreviver nesse frio,
    fico contente que vocês colocaram estações de alimentação para que eles tenham uma chance de sobreviver ao inverno.

  22. That storm’s about to hit us tonight – with ICE. eeeek! Those photos (although not a dusting) are really lovely though!

  23. Your weatherman needs to look up the definition of a light dusting of snow. MOL! WOW! It is pretty, though. Glad to see the outside kitties were safe and warm.

  24. Glad the outdoor babies are warm – good weekend to stay inside… Our weather is yucky but so far no snow, just a lot of icy rain dripping off my roof and keeping me awake… purrz from Katie Kitty Too. and Katiez Furry Mewz Blog

  25. We, of course, agree that black cats are always lucky. 🙂

    Look at all of your snow and ice! You have way more than us. We are glad you’re all safe and warm and loved. 🙂

  26. We’re having a crazy winter everywhere. Stay safe and warm.

  27. I’m cold just looking at all the snow! Those fountain photos are beautiful.