It snowed. We’ve been trapped in the house for several days, but mostly we have avoided cabin fever by re-arranging our furniture and pretending we went somewhere else. Monday was the last time we could get the cars out of the driveway, but we have had a few short walking/bus trips to the grocery store and hardware store for things like, you know, Thanksgiving dinner ingredients, and hardware to finish some house projects. Krista has been redecorating our bedroom, which is awesome, but there is always a need for a particular kind of screw or washer or fastener or putty.

Regardless, the snow was a sweetly timed reminder to slow down and admire the season.

Here’s our kale, hanging on in the freezer section.

Here’s our beehive. Don’t worry, it’s like 90 degrees in there. The girls are cozy.

The pups are not really appreciative of the snow. Their little paws get so cold.

This was a particularly shocking snowstorm for me. I was in Oklahoma & Texas for a few days, where it was 75 degrees. When I got to the Seattle airport, it was snowing! What a shocking “welcome home” present!



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4 responses to “Winter

  1. Hello there!

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  2. I was wondering how the hive stays so warm. Is it heated or do the bees make their own heat? (And if so, how?)

    • jess s

      They “cluster” together in a ball with the queen at the center. Their metabolism stays about the same year round, so their bodies are all generating heat, they flex their wing muscles & rotate through the cluster (bees on the inside move toward the outside, so everyone stays warm). A healthy hive stays around 90F, which takes massive amounts of energy when it’s freezing outside.

      In general, people say bees will tolerate really low temperatures. It’s winter wetness that causes more problems than the cold. They are such crazy, weird creatures.

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