I was out this morning sweeping off the little bit of snow that accumulated and making sure the bird feeder was uncovered and full, and it looked like this:

(Maxfield Parrish, “Winter Night Landscape [Study].” Oil on board, 1956-58.)

I hope all the birds and the strays and the people who were out last night are OK. I actually got a recorded call from Utah Power yesterday evening saying to stop unnecessary power use to accommodate demand due to the extreme cold, and to consider lowering thermostats “five to ten degrees.” Um, no. But I didn’t use the space heater last night, because I am a good and obedient citizen. I noticed all the neighbors kept their Christmas lights on, though.