“That grand old poem called Winter”

Today is winter. I have no doubt. I woke up to a snow squall, a tiny nor’easter, and a yard covered by the dusting. It is now 13°. I went out for breakfast as I usually do but my car was slow to heat. Gracie was in the back seat wearing her Pendleton coat, and, as I was a bit early, I rode around until the car was warm so Miss Gracie would be comfortable waiting.

The snow isn’t pretty the way some storms are. The wind is tossing the flakes which keep changing size. Right now they’re large and wispy. Just a short while ago, they were tiny and look short-lived. They’re falling beneath a gray white sky. The branches of the pine trees are dark against the snow and sky.

The bird feeders need filling, but I’ll bring them inside to fill then put them back outside. I’m not standing there in this cold. Besides I don’t see a bird. They are huddled elsewhere keeping warm.

The game last night was one-sided. Tom Brady was magnificent. How he found his targets in the middle of all those Broncos was nothing short of amazing. Tebow et al were outclassed from the opening minute. I’m guessing it will be the Ravens next.

I’ll experience the day from right here in my den. My feet are now clad in cozies and slippers, and I’m wearing flannel pants and a sweatshirt. I’m already thinking nap.

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12 Comments on ““That grand old poem called Winter””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has been rather nice here today and the cold weather that should have arrived by now won’t come at all it seems. We did get two or three snowflakes this morning but that’s it.

    But I’ve had one of those no energy days. If it wasn’t for my dogs I would have spent most of it in my bed I think 🙂 🙂 I filled the feeders this morning but not a single bird has been there, I guess they just have to much food that’s easy to reach out in the forest.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The snow here is intermittent and doesn’t amount to much. The temperature is now a balmy 16° and the wind has stopped. I am cold and need to get thatnap going, get nestled under warm covers.

      Gracie goes out her dog door, runs to pick a spot, squats and runs back inside. Boxers have so little fur they get cold. Poor Gracie even has a bare belly. That’s why I have a coat for her when she’s with me in the car.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I woke up at 7 AM this morning and decided to get on line. At the top of my computer toolbar is a little widget that tells the local temperature. I was on Facebook, happened to glance up there and saw “3”. At first I thought it was the number of messages I had but then realized that it was the temperature widget. It was 3 degrees. 3! Now it’s 9. Whoo hoo. The dog has asked to go out 6 times in the last three hours. He does the absolute minimum out there and comes right back in. Can’t say I blame him and I do admire his control. 🙂
    Flannels, fleecy slippers and sweatshirts are the uniform for the day.
    Enjoy the day. Inside in the warm. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      As I mentioned to Christer, it is a balmy 16°. My hands are cold ecen though the heat is blasting. I think I’ll get a long sleeve shirt on under my sweat shirt. The t-shirt doesn’t help much.

      Gracie too is in and out really quickly. She has managed 3 times since 8:30. Even out a short time, her ears feel cold to the touch. Today is too cold for man and beast or rather woman and dog.

      You and I are wearing the same uniform!

      Stay warm and cozy!!

  3. morpfy Says:

    28 degrees here this morning. A light dusting of the 1st snow this winter. Those poor people in Valdez Alaska have a record amount of snow so far, with 126 inches of the white stuff. Brrrrr…

    • katry Says:

      28° sounds warm right about now. We have the same light dusting of snow.

      I read about Alaska yesterday in the paper. One woman said her son has been sledding off the roof, and she can’t see out of any windows, even the ones on the second floor.

  4. Bob Says:

    The Pats dominated from the beginning of the game and I soon decided to watch something else because it was obvious that Denver was out classed and was being outplayed. The earlier game where San Francisco and the New Orleans Saints battled to the very end was the most exciting and interesting football game this season. Hopefully the Super Bowl will turn out at least half as exciting.

    Snow in North Texas is so rare, except during Super Bowl week, that we marvel at any kind of flakes. Within minutes of the first snow flakes falling kids are out sliding on anything that resembles a sled and throwing snowballs at anything that moves. I always wondered why native Texans are so hell bent to go skiing in places like Colorado. They never had to shovel the stuff as a kid or dig out the car or the driveway. They only know the beautiful mountains covered in snow and not the dirty snow and slush that’s left in the streets after a couple of days of cars driving on the white stuff.

    • katry Says:

      You’re right about the early domination, but I stayed and watched the whole game. Last year the Pats were out of the race first round so I figured I’d watch all of the games. Even the defense was good last night.

      The Pats game two weeks ago was a see-saw battle which was great to watch. The blow-outs just don’t have the same excitment.

      The snow has about a couple of days before it looks dirty on the sides of the streets, but I do love the newly fallen snow without a footprint or a plow. It is beautiful.

      You are so right about Texans not having had the onerous chore of shoveling. Snow doesn’t look as great when you’re outside in the cold shoveling.

      • Bob Says:

        There was a small town in Eastern Europe in the 19th Century called Chelem. The town’s wise men awoke one morning to a beautiful snow fall. They didn’t want the town crier to walk in the snow and ruin the beautiful scene. So they decided to hire two men to carry him around so he would not disturb the snow.

        The first modern politicians in recorded history.

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    Denver flat out didn’t show up. It was over at half time. But I will say watching Brady was like ballet. I see Super Bowl . . . well if union workers don’t go on strike in Indian no place. Good game!

    • katry Says:

      I was just fine with them not showing up! We’ll see if Belichick can be a wizard again next week with his game plan.

  6. katry Says:

    That is a wonderful anecdote!

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