Skywatch Friday – Cold Snowy Spell

From the Front Porch

It has been a week! We have had some wicked cold weather and a little bit of snow.

Last Friday, my brother got sick and we spent hours in the emergency room. Turns out he had covid. So they bundled him up and sent back to his residence where he is being isolated for a while. I went home and tested negative but have been self isolating for five days. So stay at home, no gym nor anything else where people are. Low single digits inhibited me from doing anything outside so I’ve been a couch potato.

I had this bright idea of taking the drone out to various places around town and launching it. First though the batteries were all low and it took hours to charge them up. I went on a little test run in the back yard and I got just a little ways up in the air and the drone went crazy and one of the motors started barking. The screen on the controller said “Too Cold” so I nixed that but I got a few photos showing the snow in the neighborhood.

Normally with as sunny as it is our one inch would be gone but it is sticking around because it is so cold.

It took me about 20 minutes to push the snow off the driveway and walkways. If I didn’t it would turn to ice. Now that is really fun to deal with, especially when you are 68 years old!

So tomorrow I’ll self test and I’ll be free again!! (If I test negative) Plus it will be warmer outside. Probably going to be too muddy to go hiking ethically but I’ll find something else to do. Don’t you worry!! And my brother is doing okay as well. He is apartment is kind of small and he is going stir crazy. They will be testing him and if negative, he’ll be free as well! Being free is good in my book.

Sleepy Neighborhood

The other thing that happened last week is that I got notified by the internet company that hosts my blog that I had way too much traffic on it and it wasn’t coming from my friendly global blogging friends. It was coming under attack by evildoers! Traffic was up by a factor of 47,000!! They said fix it or we are going to shut you off. They were nice about it though. They sent a bunch of data on what was happening and gave me seven tasks I could do that would probably work.

Hey, couldn’t go anywhere, so the next day I went through the seven things with a sense of dread. Computerspeak is like a foreign language but with the links they provided I was able to tighten up security and upgrade things and it only took a few hours so I asked them to evaluate again and they said I fixed it and complemented me on how quickly I got-er done. Whew, big sigh of relief. My motto on the blog is if it is not broke don’t fix it. Turns out that is not too smart.

So that is about it for this week! I am linking with Skywatch Friday and My Corner of the World.

28 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Cold Snowy Spell

  1. Joanne

    Those drone photos are pretty! We have some snow today but I haven’t been up to taking any photos of it.

  2. Candace Uhlmeyer

    I’m not sure why it’s so difficult for me to find you when I visit Skywatch Friday. Your opening photo links to Flickr, to which I do not belong, so I end up waiting for your comment on The Farm and (being old and unwise) often forget. Anyway, I do like the snow shots. We got a dusting yesterday, but nothing poetic or very pretty. I hope you don’t have the Big Bug, and that your brother recovers quickly. Both of my kids have had it (after being well-vaxxed), but since they’re both still under 50, they recovered quite well. But thank you for isolating–and doing a favor for folks you come in contact with. And do stay warm. It’s even colder there than it is here!

  3. Veronica+Lee

    Sorry to learn about your brother; I wish him a speedy recovery.
    The stunning snowscapes you’ve shared are a delightful sight, especially for those of us residing in tropical regions.

  4. Kirsi

    First of all, get well soon for your brother, hopefully he will be healthy again soon!
    Yes, you can see a lot of snow in your photos and I can well imagine the cold!
    Greetings from a not so cold Germany

  5. Pisi Prkl

    Hope you and yous are ok soon. That Covid is never going away it seems.

    I can´t get my head around them trolls/hackers/etc. What do they get by doing that? Freaks.

    Looking out of my window I see way more snow and it´s way more cold than it is in there.
    But if you´re not used to that I can see why that could be a very big problem. My empathy is on your side.

  6. Jeanne

    I’m glad you tested the drone and didn’t loose it. My son’s car was making weird noises until he warmed it up, I’d think a drone would have even more issues…

  7. Penelope Notes

    Glad your brother is on the mend. Sometimes freedom boils down to having your health back and being able to join others. Love the drone’s neighborhood shot … and that it “spoke up” about being too cold.

  8. A ShutterBug Explores

    wow! ~ great snow scenes and cold here in MA ~ tis winter ~ lol ~ Had trouble commenting at first on your blog ~ but got here ~ hope you don’t have Covid and are able to get out soon ~ Going to try for a walk soon ~ will see ~ Take care.

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Peter B.

    If it’s so cold it makes your drone motor bark, then you know it’s pretty darn cold!! Glad you and your brother are recovering. Nice shot from your front porch!

  10. Carol

    I hope your brother is better and that you are still well. I got the flu right when I was moving. I have still have a cough.

  11. Candace Uhlmeyer

    I finally figured it out. You folks definitely got more snow than we did, but you’re quite a bit north of DFW. Hope your brother is mending, and that you folks are still Plague-free.

  12. Lisa

    Nice view from the front porch! The drone knew better than you to stay out of the cold. I hope your brother is feeling better. It takes a while. I had it last spring. Get some of the in-home kits and save a trip to the ER, where who knows what you might pick up!

  13. Joyful

    I love the drone photos. I laughed out loud when you said the drone read ‘too cold’ to operate. It’s been super cold where I live too and a lot of snow. We’ve broken records. But it’s supposed to rain soon and melt the snow causing icy conditions and slush to walk through. I hope it doesn’t get too icy where you live as it’s hard to walk or drive in icy.

  14. Photo Cache

    I hope your brother has a mild case of covid. We have what they consider “outbreak of covid” at work, so we had to take the test at work today and everyone had to wear masks again. I thought this would be over by now, but well.

    Your snowy scenes are really pretty. Good job fixing your blog woes.

  15. Eileen

    I hope your brother is recovering well from COVID, it is good you are testing negative.
    I love the photos, the first one is a favorite. It has been very cold, we are getting some snow again this morning. Take care, enjoy your day and happy weekend!

  16. Alana

    Hoping your brother continues to recover and you keep testing negative and feeling well. It’s going around here bad. Your first photo, however you did it, looked so much like a painting. I felt cold just reading your blog, so time to boil some water for a hot beverage.

  17. Masha

    To cold for drones, hehe, but it mmade a good job! (When I see these photos, wanna have a drone)
    Be free is always the best. Get well soon for your brother and stay coronafree.
    What a lot of trouble with your blog!
    Greetings from Germany

  18. Nanda

    Excellent scenes! Never seen snowy place till date physically. Need to plan a North India trip during winter some day. Good to hear both of you doing well in terms of health.

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