It's been freezing most of the time since New Year's Day. We had freezing rain on Jan. 1st. (Photo above) Then it warmed for a couple of days- into the 50's, then back to freezing. Fortunately we have had little precipitation, so no ice or snow on the roads or walkways. I bought some "ice shoes" last fall that strap on over regular shoes, since I have twice slipped on ice and torn a rotator cuff. Have not had to try them yet. Below are some additional pix from Jan. 1st freezing rain - the ice is on a wild blackberry plant that I cut from a field across the road from the RV park we stayed at in Salem and planted in a pot on our deck. I cut two plants with roots, one in Salem and one in Medford; the Medford plant did not make it home in the Big Gulp cup I used for transplanting, but the Salem plant did well on the road and has grown substantially since being replanted in Denton. I have great hopes for it this spring.
Last Friday we had several days with the temperature staying below freezing. But with no recent precip, the ground is dry and no danger of slipping or any driving difficulty. On the right is our bird bath on the 10th. It is now thawed and the temperatures are slowly creeping upward.
But my workshop is heated, so I am able to work. I do most of my wire wrapping in the house on a wood lap-table that I built for that purpose (see pix under Woodwork tab). I also go onto the wood shop at the Denton Senior Center to use their larger saws, drill presses, belt sanders, lathe, etc. And of course go into Plano (Dallas suburb) to use the large rock saws at the rock club. I volunteered for the position of club secretary this year, so I have to attend a board meeting and a general meeting every month. So things are busy in spite of the winter cold. In fact, I'd rather go out in the winter cold than the summer heat.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.