It’s been BRRR!

Condensation on my windows has been a real problem this year, and because it’s been such a very cold Autumn-into-Winter season here in Chicago, most days the windows have been iced up, perhaps because I was very thorough when caulking…but then, there are no drafts at all!

Yet, the iciness is truly fascinating.

I hope you’ll agree?

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The cloud formations…

…from Friday evening’s storm were exceptional.

Thankfully, there were no tornadoes, as these mammato-cumulus clouds are frequently accompanied by one or two!

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Regretfully, I never seem to be able to capture the lightning!

 

Last evening began…

…with a look toward the east, from my studio window…

...as a storm alert had been issued.

…as a ‘storm alert’ had been issued.

I moved to my north window and began watching the skies, as heavy clouds moved in.

I moved to my north window and began watching the skies, as heavy clouds moved in.

After a drenching but brief downpour, the weather settled a bit as the sun, almost at its northwest quadrant peak, commenced its 'end of another day' light show.

After a drenching but brief downpour, the weather settled a bit as the sun, almost at its northwest quadrant peak, commenced its ‘end of another day’ light show.

Colors warmed, from yellows to golds...

Colors warmed, from yellows to golds…

...and finally to soft pinks, softer oranges and deep umbers, signifying the first day of meteorological Spring was, indeed, a glorious day!

…and finally to soft pinks, softer oranges and deep umbers, signifying the first day of meteorological Summer was, indeed, a glorious day!

Compared to other areas, Chicago ‘got off easy’ in the last forty-eight hours, for which we should be truly thankful.

Please…remember the residents of Oklahoma City and its surrounds in your thoughts and prayers.

Their losses are painful, as they sift through rubble, seeking remnants of Life.

Ever since I was a child…

…I have been fascinated by Tulips.

Of course, way back then, you rarely saw them in any color but red or yellow, unlike this particular beauty I found at a neighbor’s front yard about two hours ago:

The veining of pale magenta was so elegant, I decided to take a peek inside!

The veining of pale magenta was so elegant, I decided to take a peek inside!

So very entrancing, I just had to look into a few others!

So very entrancing, I just had to look into a few others!

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Photographing these really cheered me, as I’ve been battling an on-again/off-again cold for the past few days, and not getting enough rest because of it.

Today’s weather was quite glorious, but as usual, the wind is off the lake, making the temperature about ten to twelve degrees cooler than the seventy-some degrees F. Chicago experienced this afternoon.

Ah, Chicago…it can be 80 degrees F. during the day, and fall 40 degrees and more overnight!

 

From my window: Of course it’s Spring…

…isn’t it?

Last evening, at 7:19 PM (CDT)...a short snow squall!

Last evening, at 7:19 PM (CDT)…a short snow squall!

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This morning at 5:04 AM (CDT)--yes, I've been awake for several hours!--one tenth of an inch of SNOW!

This morning at 5:04 AM (CDT)–yes, I’ve been awake for several hours!–one tenth of an inch of SNOW!

Yet another “sure sign of Spring”…here in Chicago!

From my window: Yesterday…

…in mid-afternoon, the world turned white again!

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After rain yesterday morning, the sleet, then freezing rain took over.  Just before 4 PM (CST), the snow began.  “They” forecast a blizzard (NOT), as the winds were never  near 35mph, and though it snowed heavily, it did not produce ‘white-out’ conditions for over 3 hours–THAT’S what makes a blizzard!

It was very pretty, but I knew it would be challenge making it to my appointments today…and it was!

Chicagoans are very silly people when it snows, as they figure it will melt eventually, so why bother getting out there to shovel!

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Half the time, I had to walk in the street, or through five inches of snow at the side of the walk.  It’s as if most of these people never heard of ROCK SALT or other ice-melting products…or maybe they’re just lazy and cheap!

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Some walkways had been cleared (and salted!) so nicely; others were thick with ice (it all was re-freezing), and rutted with other people’s boot prints…truly treacherous for this old gal and her trusty cane!

Because I walked slowly and carefully to the train three blocks away, I took advantage of that by stopping to get some shots.  Here are close-ups of this icy mix on a neighbor’s Arbor Vitae:

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the first

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the first

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Arbor Vitae and Ice, the second

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the second

For those who were concerned…

…I found out that Santa is no longer behind bars!

Santa Released!

Santa Released!

Rumor has it that the charge of  “Trespassing on Private Property” was dismissed, after a judge looked at the plaintiff and queried, “Madam, are you nuts!  This is, after all, Santa Claus…and he can land his reindeer and sleigh wherever he chooses!”  The mad woman was very lucky she did not get fined for harassment and perjury.

So, Santa is back at the North Pole, taking a rest (and a good, long, hot shower!) after his incarceration, and will have everything in order for Christmas Eve, 2014!

And…that’s a good thing, because he’s out of the intense COLD here in Chicago.  I even captured a steaming sewer at the corner, while I was out walking this morning!

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About 15 minutes ago 5:45 PM CST), our temperature here was 8 degrees F. with a wind chill of 9 below zero!

Even Lake Michigan, which I also captured about 11:00 AM, is slowly icing over!

Lake Icing Up 21JAN2013