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Sword of Damocles

January 31, 2011
icicles on our houseThis is one of the coldest winters we’ve had in years, with several feet of snow piled all around us and the most wicked-looking icicles we’ve ever seen, at least on our own house. Wayne noticed the one in the photo, about ten feet long, right over our back door yesterday when knocking icicles down by leaning out of the upper windows. After he took some pictures, he removed this monster in sections with a long pole, and also cleared some of the snow from our back steps so that we could go out that way if we had to. Now on the last day of January, we still haven’t had a ‘January thaw’, when temperatures typically rise enough to make the deep-freeze a little less deep before winter returns for a last gasp. Maybe this year it will be a February thaw.

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