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29 December 2010 @ 06:59 pm
Birdbath ice  
It's been cold. The last two nights and mornings we've gotten frost. I got another birdbath donut this year, but I'd rather not have them. Our fountain froze and I felt bad for these cardinals that were standing on it and couldn't get a drink.

Here's the birdbath before the ice melted enough to pull it out.

The "donut" pulled out.

The "donut" against the pigeon loft. It hurt to carry it over there.

I also made a video of this. Chris filmed the first part which was both of our cars frosted over.

One of the things I got for Christmas this year was a $100 American express gift card. Now that sounds cool but for me I wasn't too thrilled. What I really wanted were Ebay cards or cash. I'd really rather save the money, but being given a gift card that can be spent at many locations makes me feel that I HAVE to spend the money when I don't want to. There's not much that I want right now that would total one hundred dollars even on Ebay. But they have to be used. So I just bough two $50 Ebay cards. I hope these cards will work as I'm having the same problem with them that I did last time. They won't take the codes. Eventually they did and I used them to get those Steiff budgies. I also hate that you can't just enter the codes you have to buy something. So I bought a cheap DVD in case the cards don't work I can still aford to pay for them. Chris said that it may take time after they're bought from the store to activate. I'm thinking he's right because that's what happened last year. I bought them and came straight home and tried to pay for stuff and wasn't able to. I finally was allowed may-be an hour or so later. I've done the same thing again. I want to pay RIGHT NOW. It is stupid and really should be instant. I'd like to get both these cards as credit on my account so when I do buy stuff I'll have it ready to go.

EDIT: Ah, they just worked. Wish I could see my balance. So the system isn't the greatest. I'll need to keep track of the spending.

And I still haven't gotten my tabs CD's. I'm getting so impatient. I thought for sure I'd have them today. I can't wait to get them. Since they're coming from England who knows when they'll get here. But if these work and are as good as I think I'll definitely have something to spend my cards on.

Oh and in the post before last I updated the grammar icons. They look much better now as I found a nicer looking professor. If you use these please let me know.
Current Mood: coldcold
actipton80actipton80 on December 30th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
I haven't checked our birdbath for ice. The crows, turkeys, and other birds ignore the birdbath because the pond didn't totally freeze, and they drink out of it. The turkeys visited again today. They like nasty weather.
Desthagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure it's harder to freeze bigger bodies of water. My 30 gallon pond didn't freeze thank goodness. That's where I have my other two goldfish. I'm considering bringing them indoors.
Tillyxyndarella on December 30th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Ice donuts look cool! I'm kind of sad that I don't get the novelty of real cold or a proper winter and snow. Just for the experience of them though as I dislike intense cold as much as intense heat. I can't imagine how heavy those would have been.

That sucks about the gift card even if it allowed you to buy whatever you wanted. My uncle gave me a gift card one year for Christmas that I could spend at any of the stores like Big W and K-Mart but I never really shop for the sake of shopping so I bought my first Nintendo DS when it was on special with 2 games and lost about $90 when the card expired on me. I'm glad that you got eBay cards out of it but I don't understand having to wait to use them. Activation should be instant unless there is a delay for when they get entered into the system.

The entire UK is having terrible weather. My two UK friends both mentioned in their journals about getting snowed in and places like Tesco stopped doing grocery deliveries. I would imagine the post service over there is super slow but I would contact that guy to check if the stuff has been sent and maybe ask for a tracking number so you can keep an eye on when it might arrive.
Des: Floridathagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
I recommend you visit somewhere that snows. You don't want it for real for three months out of the year. This isn't supposed to happen hear and I really don't like it nor want it. The northeners can keep it. I don't do well in cold.

I'm glad they finally worked at least. I still haven't spent them all. I hope they don't run out or there's a time limit but I'd like to wait before buying certain other things. Not all places take American Express so when people see it they think, "Oh this can be spent anywhere." Almost but not quite. Yeah, I'm thinking it has to do with stolen ones from the store. If they aren't scanned during check out then they probably won't activiate and be considered stolen. Slightly annoying for someone like me that lives five minutes from the store and wants to use it right away.

Yeah, thought I think I ordered these before the big snows started. A friend sent me a gift from there in late Nov and it arrived right before Christmas. I just think stuff from the UK at this time of year is much slower than normal. I'm just very impatient because I'm excited. Hopefully they'll get here soon...may-be today. I've never had tracking on an overseas order though. I'm also very impatient for my overseas gifts to arrive already. None have. I guess I worry a lot about mail.
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Des: Floridathagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I wish I had a house down in Miami or one of the keys. I'd be down there every winter. Yeah, I'm ready for the warm weather again.
rhodielady_47 on December 30th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Neat bird bath ice doughnuts.
I hope to buy a bird bath this year and maybe a garden bench as well.
We have entered a warming trend. It actually rose to 39 degrees today and is supposed to hit 44 on Thursday and rain.
If it does rain, it should melt much of the snow and ice and I'll have a chance to apply some fertilizer to my daffodil plantings.
I don't like the gift cards either.

Des: Blue and Gold Macawsthagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
YEah, I love seeing these form though I'd rather not have them at all. But today it will be in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Woo hoo! My ideal though is is 80's lows in the 70s.
I like gift cards so long as they are for the few stores I like going to.
rhodielady_47 on December 30th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
The gift cards never seem to work for me and, like you, they never seem to be from a store I actually like to shop.
70's-80's is a good outdoor working temp for me as long as the humidity is fairly low. (I sweat a lot.)

kabuldurkabuldur on December 30th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
I was wondering what a donut was! The birds would have been thirsty. I was hoping none got stuck on or in the ice! Perhaps they need a heated bird bath, hee, hee.

It has been relatively cold here, too. And it's supposed to be summer!

I would be really annoyed if it got that cold here. It gets about that cold where I grew up. Not usually quite that cold here. I hope it doesn't get that cold this winter! (Though I'm kinds afraid it will).

I agree with you, this virtual stuff should be instant. I think they put delaying things in. WHY??? I know, security stuff, but so annoying!

Hee, hee, I'll have to go look at these grammar icons :)

Des: Anomalocaristhagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
A Donut.
They didn't get stuck but it was funny seeing them standing on the ice instead of sinking up to their bellies.

That's very odd you should be cold too since the southern axis is pointed towards the sun right now.

Yeah I think it has to do with security too so cards stolen from stores don't get used.

Thanks. I think those turned out nicer.
kabuldurkabuldur on December 31st, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is weird to be cold in summer.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Rakaen Swaysilvolf on December 30th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
That ice looks cold lol! It makes your hands numb if you carry it for too long.
Glad the cards worked. I've never had an eBay gift card, I got one for a store called BHS once from my gran. Its a clothes store. I ended up buying underpants with it because I didn't like any of the clothes in the store. She just gives me money now lol! I'll go have a look at the icons....

Aww I like the new professor, he's cute!
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on December 30th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, with my long skinny fingers it was really hurting by the time I put it down. Took me about two minutes to recover before I could work the camera again.
EBay cards are a great thing. I use Ebay a lot so I love that.
Ah that's good once friends and relatives learn what we like.

Yeah I think he's much better. I like the Einstein look.
Cheezey: Bushroot in a gift boxcheezey on December 30th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm in a deep freeze so your donut is status quo to me. Our birdbaths up here have several inches of snow in them. ;)

Ice does make neat formations though. I like to admire it from somewhere warm!

How are your fruit trees and plants holding up with the cold weather?
Des: Owen in Slytherinthagirion on December 30th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah it is pretty from far away.
I'm worried about my Jacaranda and my Tabebuia as always. The Tabebuia tree I covered but the Jacaranda was too tall so I hope it will be ok. I only wrapped part of one of the trunks. My silly peach tree was making flowers again so I think it's been set back. Everything else is dead and the citrus are hanging in there. At least the weeds are gone.
earthmother45earthmother45 on December 30th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Great video! I remember the ice donut you got last winter, too. We had frost on the lawn and cars, Monday and Tuesday. Being north of us and further inland, you are definitely colder than we are.
Des: Tropical Christmasthagirion on December 30th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, second year now. Yeah, we don't have the water anymore to buffer.