Saturday, February 6, 2010

Coping with winter

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The hills surrounding Jerusalem have seen four straight nights of freezing temperatures.
No snow, but cold enough that we have to leave the house faucets dripping all night so that the water tanks and glass water-heating panels on the roofs will not freeze and crack.
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That happened a lot last time it snowed, in 2008. Water was gushing from the roofs of many houses in the village the morning after. Guess they forgot the drip trick.
Well, we only see snow here once every few years.
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For Camera-Critter Sunday, here are some snowy cat pictures from two years ago.

My cat friends at the neighbors' woods were wet and cold and confused, this being their first encounter with snow.
Mother Lara and her black daughter even had a hissy fit.

Lara tried hard to keep her tail and at least one foot off that white stuff that invaded her grounds.
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35 comments:

Tina Liel said...

It is for sure cold here so I can guess how you have it in Jerusalem brrrrrr. I am addicted to those pillows to put in the microwave....... For sure help! HUGS

Dina said...

Shalom Tina. If I had a microwave I would have those pillows too. :)
Shavua tov.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It takes a while for cats to get used to snow.

Stay warm Dina.

Hilda said...

Oh the poor things! I'd probably look like that too if I ever encounter snow.

Stay warm and dry, Dina!

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of teh kitties!

James said...

I hope the cats don't freeze. It's cold and snowy here and my lazy cats sleep all day on an electric blanket. I should show them these pictures. :)

RuneE said...

TWO years since snow? Sigh...

Leif Hagen said...

It seems like maybe the cats were having a fun, winter, snowy "playdate", non?

spacedlaw said...

Poor frozen kitties!

Carolyn Ford said...

I hope they could go back inside after their playtime in the snow! How cute they are!

Robin said...

I use the pillows too but if you don't have a microwave how about an old-fashioned hot water bottle? My local pharmacy still sells them.

jeannette stgermain said...

I was just thinking, snow even in the Mediterranean region! Do you live on a higher than sea level altitude?

Pietro said...

I think kitties don't like snow at all.
Two years ago: how time flies!

Cloudia said...

What IS my cat doing in Jerusalem 2 years ago?!

No snow in Honolulu, but it went down to 67 (F) last night!



Aloha, Friend!


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Hootin' Anni said...

Most beautiful photos...but I love cats...there is nothing to dislike when it comes to the purrfect pet!!!

Here is my C C...do hope you can stop by sometime today.

Jane said...

Nice shots Dina, looks very cold. Thanks for sharing:)

susieofarabia said...

Great photos, Dina - I like the first one best. Wish we had a little of your cold weather where I'm at!

Dina said...

Shalom friends and thanks for your remarks. Just to calm everyone--the snow only lasted for a few hours and the cats were fine. The two cats live in the woods, near but not IN, my friends' house. They get fed a bit but they also hunt their dinner. The mother cat adopted my friends, not the opposite.

Altitude: my village is about 640 meters above sea level. Jerusalem is about an average of 760 meters (2500 feet). Mount of Olives is higher at 835 meters.
Sometimes these altitudes are high enough for snow, sometimes not.

Dina said...

Jeannette, Tel Aviv is on the Mediterranean coast and would never have snow. We near Jerusalem are 36 miles inland, to the east, and much higher.

James, your cats have their own electric blanket?? LOL Lucky ones.

Robin, yes, I even posted a picture of my beloved hot water bottle last Thursday. This winter I finally decided to try one. Great for foot warming in bed.

Tricia said...

Beautiful kitties! I'd adopt them as my own! heheheee

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for explaining, Dina. I forgot Jerusalem is more inland! In Holland we would call 600 meters pretty high hills:)

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

I had no idea that it snowed there. I'm sure the cats found it confusing!

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
Poor kitties! Widdle feetsies all fwostbit now!

rinzo said...

Great Entry! God Bless!

Sherry Marie said...

Beautiful cats! I couldn't get my cats to go out in the snow for anything. They all three are boys but they are very much spoiled to the house! lol

Lisa said...

Poor sweet beautiful kitties!

Petrea said...

These are a couple of tough kitties! I'm glad to know they've got folks looking out for them, though.

raphaellae said...

beautiful Dina! congratulations.It is the white stuff. I always refer to it as manna from heaven.

I hear the theme is wood here is a little note in french though attached in a little side blog.

Your fluid friend crederae..raphaellae.

thankyou.

VP said...

I was late to this post, so I was amused even more by the comments. I like the way these cats are still quite independent and not the lazy bums we spoil everyday in our homes.
We have that sort of cats around the port.

Turquoise Diaries said...

First snow is always very confusing for the animals isnt, it??

JM said...

I would love to read their minds! :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

I remember coming back from Greece in february 92, and trying to go from Lod to Jerusalem. The highway was blocked from Latrun onwards, 6 feet snow in Jerusalem. It was incredible!
I noticed that cats are usually very curious at snow at first, but it loses it's attraction very fast!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Love seeing your cats scampering in the snow! I'll bet the stairs are beautiful in the summer....that would be an awesome photo with the moss/flowers?

Jew Wishes said...

What beauties these shots are.

ksdoolittle said...

They don't seem to mind the snow too very much! Sweet babies!