Southern Ohio is smack dab in the middle of a snow and ice storm. We have received at least 3 inches of snow on top of what we got yesterday. And now the ice is falling. Dammit.
The thing about Cincinnati:
Cincinnati is located within a climatic transition zone; the area is sometimes considered to be at the extreme northern limit of the humid subtropical climate, but most sources place the area at the southern end of the humid continental climate. Although technically located in the Midwest, Cincinnati also is occasionally considered to be within the periphery of the Upland South.
(I didn't write that...got it off Wikipedia. But Cincinnati really is like a "Southern" city...all this snow just sucks for us, no matter how many times it happens to us. We act like the World is About to End)
The only good thing I can think of with all this snow is the increased activity at the feeders. Feeding the birds not only gives them some added help in this sterile world we have created...it also gives us a window into their behavior. They are packing in the sunflower seeds, suet dough...all that yummy fatty stuff that will keep them warm.
The downside to this is the starlings. It wouldn't be too bad if it was just starlings....I just bang on the window or throw a shoe at it and they scatter for awhile.
But the current flock also contains brown headed cowbirds (native!) and red-winged blackbirds (also native). So if I scare off the starlings, I am also scaring off birds who belong here. Dammit.
(If you click on this picture, you can see that one bright red cardinal
in the midst of all that black.)
I counted over 100 starlings at one point today. Dammit.
Just got a call from Isabelle's school (they have this neat automated system to alert us of the important stuff) and they are closing for tomorrow. Romper Room....Day Two. Sigh.
The driver's side window on my car is acting funky...it's electric and won't go up or down. I can usually just manually pull it up if I need to, but today, it stuck....OPEN. So there is a two-inch gap that can allow snow and ice to build up in my car.
So I shielded it with one of Swami's old turbans.