Officially this is the snowiest (already), and perhaps the coldest winter on record for this area, and it's only Feb 19th. Of course this week's thaw could kill the coldest winter record, but the thaw is much appreciated if only for the contrast. Unfortunately, the melting snow has revealed that a bun-bun managed to get around/through a fencing barrier and girdled a small ornamental hemlock, as if TPP didn't have enough difficulty with this species of tree anyways. As the melt continues, it's certain that more feeding damage will be discovered. Oh well, nothing to do but start shopping for a replacement.