New phenomena and other randoms…

New Phenomena in our area :



Several WPXI-TV Facebook fans have sent us pictures of “snow rollers” that have appeared throughout the area on Monday.

According to Severe Weather Team 11 meteorologist Scott Harbaugh, snow rollers are a rare phenomenon in this part of the country when the wind rolls its own snowballs, much the same way we would roll snowballs to build a snowman.

“They are typically cylindrical in shape and often have a hollow center,” Harbaugh said. “They form under specific conditions when the temperature is near freezing and the snow is wet and loose.”

Harbaugh (@WPXIScott) said wind has to be a perfect speed so it can move the snow rollers along, but not destroy them.

“They are common in areas with a slight slope because gravity can help roll the snow into rollers,” Harbaugh said.”

(The article and more photos can be found HERE.)

Too cute not to share…this is from a FB post…my niece took some photos of her kitties playing with the lizard and here is one of them :


It was -5 on Tuesday morning but with little wind so it did not seem too bad. It’s the wind that gets you.

Lots of activity at the feeders and on the ground :

Birds collage end Jan

I had some family over for soup on Sunday afternoon. It was ham, bean and vegetable soup with some macaroni noodles as well. Chalk full of healthy vegetables . Later on I wanted to get some pictures of the kids before they left. One boy would not get in the picture, one twin flopped down and hid her face and the others acted goofy.  I take their pictures no matter what they do! :)


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Feeding Family Including ‘all creatures great and small’

A late Saturday afternoon snow squall…after another band of snow moved through, covering whatever I had shoveled earlier : ( if you don’t live where it snows, this is not tinted..early morning or late afternoon snow looks as blue as these photos :)

Late afternoon snow squall collage Jan 25

Inside, some baking and soup making were going on.

Baking and soup collage

It’s all fair here …the critters outside are fed too :

soup cookies and squirrel collageAs well as the birds…even if you cannot set up bird feeders, in bitterly cold winter weather, scattering some seed, bread, cracked corn…under a sheltering shrub, tree, or vine is helpful to them..they love to ground feed and just need some shelter from hawks or predators. Or..the front porch is fine too :)

squirrels kanga and birds collage

The little squirrels appreciate cracked corn, sunflower seeds, and peanuts.

Blue Jays, Crows, and Woodpeckers love the peanut treats as well.  While I could not get any really good shots, the other day the crows came across some scattered peanuts prior to the Jays. They ‘Caw Caw Caw’ excitedly when they swoop down for a peanut and then take it two houses down the street to either bury it or wash it…not sure! :)

the crow

As to the others..they are just happy with seed and suet, whether on the ground or in a feeder:

Wren Jan 21

cardinal in snow

Closeup of back of sparrow

cardinal in snow 2

That soup and the cookies were not all for me :) On Sunday I will be baking a big pan of cornbread, and putting out some home made preserves from the summer, and having the family over in the afternoon after church. Other than the cornbread, I am all set and the morning will find me sewing for awhile…

Stay warm and safe! :)

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