Papa Pea had purchased this "temporary" pole framed/heavy plastic walled shelter second-hand a couple of years ago, but we'd never set it up. What better time to try it out than to provide some protection for my car this winter?
You'll notice it has a roof, but no sides. That's because the four sides have been taken down after about the fourth onslaught of our frustratingly high winds this winter. I'm sure the sides would have ended up in shreds if we hadn't removed them. The grommets holding the sides to the framing ripped out. The heavy Velcro strapping tore off. The bottom-to-top zipper on the front "door" piece was constantly being unzipped by the wind.
Well, it seemed like a good idea.
You may also notice the car is no longer under what's left of the shelter. See the ice on the ground where the car should be? A small lake formed there after the heavy rains we had in January. (Rain? In January in northern Minnesota? Yup.)
Then cold weather came. All four of the car's tires froze in the
Can you believe that ice? Perfect for ice skating.
Here's another icy-dicey situation. These are some of my raised garden beds that are peeking through the melting snow. Notice the second one on the right? And the third one on the left? They are filled with water which has frozen. I've never had this happen. The soil (and drainage) in the beds should all be the same. So what's going on with these two beds?
Do you suppose there are any fish under there?