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Monthly Archives: February 2021

On the Other Side of the Storm

Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 11:45 AM (-06:00)

1. Burying Compost  The compost pile was no longer covered by a four inch crystalline cap. I was digging in the leaves burying the week’s compost. I confess that even though I had shoveled a little snow, scraped ice off the windshields, tried (and failed) to make a snowman, and picked up slushy ice with […]

Morning Melt

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 07:44 PM (-06:00)

The sky was clear. The ice-clad trees cracked in the morning breeze. Sunlight sparkled in the treetops. The shining sun began to melt the ice on the branches and the snow on the ground, where the green of just a week ago revealed itself.

Still Closed

Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 03:26 PM (-06:00)

Yes, Café Trudy is still closed. Please return for the 70 degree weather they’ve promised us next week.


Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 02:46 PM (-06:00)

There was ice on the patio under snow under ice. And then it started snowing again. I stood at the patio door and looked out. At the Desert Willow which seemed to be bearing its ice burden well. At the Apple Trees which had begun blossoming a week ago and might be toast. At the […]

A Cool Pergola

Wed, 17 Feb 2021, 05:39 PM (-06:00)

This is the pergola over the back patio. We’ll need to remember this when summer comes around. Now. If we could just get some water to come out of the faucets.

Ice in Austin

Wed, 17 Feb 2021, 03:49 PM (-06:00)

A Wintery Mix

Wed, 17 Feb 2021, 03:14 PM (-06:00)

A winter has descended on Austin unlike any I have seen in the (many) decades I have been here… 1. Finches and Birdseed The bird feeders have been well stocked (and millet-free) since before the snow started falling, thanks to the fair and industrious Trudy. Although in the early afternoon Starlings scare everyone else away, […]

Well-Masked and Well-Oiled

Wed, 17 Feb 2021, 12:51 PM (-06:00)

A man in a mask sat in a chair in the performing arts center parking lot. He said to wait 20 minutes and then to walk to the blue tent. At the blue tent, there was a man in a mask who pointed to two people in masks at a table. These two looked at […]

Winter Questions

Mon, 15 Feb 2021, 02:08 PM (-06:00)

Winter wildlife — got water? Winter not-so-wildlife — what’s this between my toes?

Closed for Business

Mon, 15 Feb 2021, 01:59 PM (-06:00)

It hasn’t been this cold nor have we had this much snow since I moved to Texas in 1982. Café Trudy is officially closed for business.