Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Winter's Day


Friday morning, the Sixth of January, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Seventeen, Epiphany, Heilige Drei KönigeDia de los Reyes MagosTrettende dag jul, Twelfth Night - no matter what you call it, we here in Little Rhody woke up to snow. A light powdery snowfall which probably accumulated to around four inches, give or take, in my neck of the woods.

As the DIL, Big O, and The Owl are in town for a few days, and as they currently live in the Central Valley in California, the snowfall was pretty exciting for them. Now the DIL grew up on Cape Cod, so she's no stranger to snow, Big O and The Owl though haven't experienced much snow in their lives. In fact, this trip East was the first time The Owl had ever seen snow up close and personal. She's four. She thinks snow is pretty cool. I remember when I was four (vaguely) I seem to recall liking snow a lot back then.

Now? While I still have a child-like joy in seeing snow, I understand the problems and dangers it poses to the unwary. Still and all, if I don't have to go anywhere, I love to see it.


As it was a Friday and I didn't have to go anywhere (still on Christmas holiday until Monday) I enjoyed watching the snow come down. I enjoyed the hint of blue to the west as I cleared off the cars (we needed food stuffs so I would need to go out later, amazes me how much food the grandkids can put away), and the new fallen snow coating everything was very pretty. The temperature was a crisp 25° and there was virtually no wind, an unusual happenstance for January near the coast.

While the grandkids were frolicking in the backyard (and The Owl thought it not a problem that she was missing one boot until her foot started to get cold, yes, we found it, yes, she managed to keep it on thereafter) a large skein of geese flew directly overhead. As I stood there like a great goof, wishing I had the camera on me, it struck me that I did have a camera on me. The new cellphone (with which I took all the pictures in this post) takes very nice pictures, thank you very much, if I would only take it out of my pocket, point and click.



Et voilà, pictures of Canada geese. (No, I didn't check their passports, and yes, the proper verbiage is "Canada geese," not Canadian geese. That latter bit would indicate that I had perhaps checked their papers.)

"Oot and aboot"
'Twas a lovely day, I'm counting down the days until Monday, not that I'm dreading going back to work, but dang this has been a great vacation.

And to think, just two short weeks ago The Missus Herself and I were preparing to head north to Madame Mère's to celebrate Christmas.

Yes, time flies when one is having fun.

It flies indeed.





I just noticed the mourning dove sitting on the bridge in that last photo.

36 comments:

  1. The one-boot line put a huge grin on my face.

    We had snow the day before, perhaps from the same front. About 4-5 inches. The bottom fell out of the thermo though and it was below zero from the evening of the 4th until late yesterday afternoon. The January 4-6 average temp was -5.666666667. There was little wind and after the snow passed the sun came out and the skies took on that deep cerulean blue that you only ever see on very clod winter days. It was lovely during the snow, and lovely after, walking about (sans crutches!) and making the snow go scrunch-scrunch-scrunch.

    Now that I'm finally on the mend (other than a pesky cold) I'm massively impatient for spring to arrive, but nature's beauty makes it possible to abide. Well, that and the fact that she doesn't do my bidding anyway...

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    1. We saw some relatively cold weather (in the teens) during early December. It doesn't go much below zero here on the coast, it happens, but it's rare. But if the wind's blowing, then the wind chill does go below zero.

      Not fun.

      (Sans crutches?!?! Outstanding!!!)

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  2. It is snowing here as I post this.
    Not much, mind you, but it is snow.

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  3. The reported wind chill in Cheyenne, a city you know well, yesterday was -40°F.

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  4. When people complain about the snow I nod in agreement (much like when the are terrified of PE Trump) but secretly I love it (Much like...)

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    1. :)

      I'm like a little kid when it snows.

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  5. Thank you for the nice photos of your snow. You are welcome to it and my share too.

    I was thinking that it had been ( and still is ) cold around here, until I read some of the wx reports from other commenters. Still, it has been cold for this part of the world. This too shall pass. Then I'll have to find something else to whine about.

    Paul L. Quandt

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    1. Re: something else to whine about... - I can always find something to complain about, whether it makes sense or not.

      As to snow, another 4" to 12" (depending on who you believe) forecast for today. And it's snowing like nobody's business right now, seems like the entire eastern coast from NC up is getting a bit of the white stuff!

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  6. No snow down here. Yesterday the high was 27 with a "feels Like" of 11. Me, the Horse Trough and a Ball Peen Hammer have been getting quite familiar with each other. Pond De-Icer seems to be Tango Uniform and for some strange reason (read sentence #2 above), there don't seem to be any in stock within a couple of hundred mile radius. Country Living at its finest!

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    1. Juvat + Ball Peen Hammer = Pond De-Icer.

      No fun at all! It's snowing like the end of time right now. We're fully stocked and as long as the power stays on, we're good.

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  7. Yeah, it's winter out here, too! When I walked out this AM in my t-shirt to pick up my newspaper, I heard this strange sound. It was a bitterly cold 55 degree wind whipping the fronds on my palm tree! Brutal!

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    1. Well, with all that wind it probably felt like 45°!

      It's all relative I suppose.

      ;)

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  8. It's not all fun and games, though! Sometimes I have to go out during the cold winter months and...mow the lawn!

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  9. Ok, so we got snow today also. Not much, less than an inch; but you should see the natives trying to drive in the stuff. We ( my family and I ) lived in Chicagoland for 14 years and a bit. Learned to drive in the white stuff, we did. These Portland creampuffs are paflameingthetic.

    Paul

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    1. "paflameingthetic" - has a nice ring to it.

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    2. Don't tell me, let me guess! Two driving speed, either 1.2 miles per decade or just under the speed of light. Throttles and brakes are binary switches, either off or on (full) with only milliseconds between each position. Lane changes involve one of those switch changes and at least one preferably two revolutions of the steering wheel, am I right? We call them Texans down here.

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    3. Hahaha!

      We have them here as well.

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    4. juvat:

      "We call them Texans down here."

      Well, were I to write down here what I calls them, Chris would be unhappy with me. But you've been around the block once ( or more times ), so you likely have some idea what that might be.

      Paul

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    5. Juvat? Around the block once? I'd go with more. Tee hee!

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    6. Easy with the "around the block" jokes there, Big Fella!

      "I remember when I was four (vaguely) I seem to recall liking snow a lot back then." I stifled the comment that popped in my mind when I read that statement. Suffice it to say it used the words "Dinosaur" and "Extinction".

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    7. I had my own pet wooly mammoth. His name was Sid.

      Long after the dinosaurs. First Ice Age I think it was...

      😎

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  10. I bought a 1/6 scale action figure of Wilma Deering, Buck Rodgers henchwoman, the 1930's version. She arrived on Christmas Eve. I have already had her for half a month! The year is gonna go by as fast as the last one!

    Monday, it is supposed to get above freezing, and it is gonna rain. On the ground that has been sub zero for a week and a half. I hope that Sauk County gets the brine trucks out early.

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    1. They're calling for rain later in the week for us as well.

      Can't have things looking all white and clean now can we?

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  11. Wilma: http://pop-critica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/go-hero-wilma-deering-sixth-scale-figure-07.jpg

    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DHUAAOSw14xWIkON/s-l300.jpg

    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/151851799666-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

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    1. Wilma seems to be well equipped.

      Love the leather helmet!

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    2. Not just a leather helmet, a leather helmet with a knob on top!

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    3. Well, I wasn't going to mention that, didn't want to betray my ignorance as to what the knob was for.

      Decorative? Functional? Still and all, Wilma's pretty.

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    4. I have no idea. Apparently knobs will be all the rage in the 25th Century.

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  12. I thought a 'skein' was a half of a V. That whatcha got there is a bunch, as in a whole bunch of gooses.

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    1. Skein: a flock of wildfowl (as geese or ducks) in flight. Applies to swans as well, most swans I've ever seen in flight were two, they were in a loose combat spread...

      Those geese in the photos were but a fraction of the sixty or so who flew over the house. I only caught that last bunch with the camera. The others were too far down range.

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    1. We have some who are here year-round, then we get more in the winter. So it's a mixture of over-winter and resident geese.

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