In January our land is usually covered in a foot of snow, but this year we have seen a lot of rain and temperatures hovering right around the freezing point. This is the year that I learned how to put snow chains on my tires in order to navigate the iced-over hilly roads near us. We stay home as much as possible when conditions become severe, but when our country driveway looks like an ice-skating rink for a week it's nice to have the option to throw some chains on the tires, kick in the 4-wheel drive, and venture out. Also, I have a job now, so it's helpful if I show up when I'm supposed to. :)
I recently started as the new part-time library assistant in a beautiful, little 100+ year old library. I work a few afternoons a week and, so far, it is fitting in well with our homeschooling. I'm feeling so grateful that my husband mostly works from home and that his job (as a software developer) allows him to be flexible.
In order to make the roads passable, the local road crews sprinkle a mixture of salt and sand on the hills and curves. The girls and I were discussing how the sand provides some traction and the salt functions to lower the freezing temperature of the ice when I remembered a simple looking ice experiment that I had bookmarked ages ago. That evening I stuck some bowls full of water outside to freeze overnight. I was glad that I din't have to mess around with bowls of water in the freezer. Knowing my luck, they would have found a way to get tipped over before they froze.
This was a fun way to learn a little more about why they spread salt on icy roads. And it was pretty. I love it when things work out like that.
mini icicles everywhere
"When snow falls, nature listens." ~ Antoinette van Kleeff