This is number 2 of a three-part mini-series of snow-covered trees. I took this picture a week ago, on Monday. It was 8 degrees outside when I got up that morning. What a difference a week makes. We just had our second-in-a-row 70-degree day.
All told, despite suffering through nearly three days of no power and heat, I was lucky. We did not have any burst water pipes. All of the systems in the house are fully functional. The only abnormality is a large water stain on a first-floor bathroom ceiling. Nothing critical, I hope. It’s not actively leaking and dry to the touch. I’ll need to get the drywall removed and figure out what the problem is. No rush, and there aren’t many plumbers available anyway.
My attention has shifted to the yard. Some of the plants don’t look very healthy. We will see how they bounce back when spring arrives. Another concern is the giant Live Oak trees. Some in the neighborhood look awfully brown. Others look normal. Mine is somewhere in between. Live Oaks in Austin drop their leaves in March, with new growth following immediately. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they have survived intact. The ones on my property are estimated at about 150-year-old. It would be a shame to lose those.
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