“Winter giveth the fields, and the trees so old, Their beards of icicles and snow…”

The snow came early yesterday morning starting around four. It covered the trees and the roads and was pretty for a while then the rain came, and the snow wasn’t pretty anymore. Under the trees the snow was pock-marked. On the streets and the walkways snow became slush. My plow guy came, shoveled the snow and pushed the slush to the side then spread Safe for Paws De-icer on the tops of the steps to keep them from freezing overnight. During the snowstorm I went out and filled the feeders. They were popular all afternoon.

The snow is crusty from freezing overnight. My paper had skidded down the driveway so I had to walk through the snow to get it. The top of the snow was slippery. As I stepped, cracks fanned out from my footprints. I was cautious. On my way back up the driveway, with papers in hand, I stepped in my footprints.

The sun is now trying to break through the clouds, but it won’t be a warm sun. It will be a bit of light on an otherwise grey day.

This will be the third day in a row I haven’t left the yard or done much with any purpose. I put away my laundry and did some frantic furniture polishing, but mostly I’ve been idle. I read and even took an afternoon nap. Falling asleep warm and cozy under the down comforter seemed an act of defiance against winter.

I generally accept the weather. It isn’t as if I have any control over what happens. Getting grumpy and cursing it only frustrates me. It’s winter. Snow is inevitable. It will be cold. That’s what winter is: snowy and cold. Every now and then we do get an unexpectedly warm day. I always think of it as Mother Nature fiddling with our heads. She’s probably sitting somewhere laughing and planning the next big snowstorm. That woman has no heart.

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20 Comments on ““Winter giveth the fields, and the trees so old, Their beards of icicles and snow…””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Winter Storm Nika condemned me to a two hour commute yesterday morning but “sunshine came softly through my (car) window” as Howard Stern interviewed Donovan for 90 minutes on Sirius. What fun as the good Doctor talked about his Bohemian wanderings in the 60s. Hope that you and the KTCC kiddiwinkles either heard it or can find it.

    Jennifer Juniper might have been rocking the Lady’s Moguls free style qualifications, I am not sure. At 9 this morning I opened up the NBC live online coverage of the games to watch a nice Russian Lady fall over followed by a nice German Lady fall over and then an American and two sisters from Canada lead the board. Team Figure Skating with my sandwich and WSJ, Sochi has started and I am on the train. Ashley Wagner is practicing to Mungo Jerry’s “In the summer time”. Maybe soon the snow will go

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I do love Donovan so thanks for the heads-up.

      I didn’t think to turn on the TV on though I did know some of the events were starting today. Sorry I missed any of them. I just checked, and they are repeated this evening also with figure-skating teams. That one makes me curious enough to check it out.

      Looks like my TV viewing is set for the long run!

      • Hedley Says:

        “Not in sync triple toes”. I have no idea what this means but it sounds bad, very very bad.

        its live right now so hunt around your NBC Sports network – Side by side triple toes, flawless by the Chinese couple to “Crouching Tiger hidden dragon”…omg, a split triple twist

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat – here is the full interview with Donovan

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I did do a search after I read your first comment and found nothing on right now. NBC sports is showing fly fishing.

      • katry Says:

        Thank you for finding the Donovan!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat,
        Try the stream link below, hopefully you have the right cable provider (way to go Comcast). you can watch on the computer, your ipad or move it to your TV via apple TV

        http://stream.nbcolympics.com/live-extra/

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Thank you for the Olympic link. Comcast came through like the trooper it is. The picture on my computer, though small, is perfect in clarity and color.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, Great, you can click a box like symbol in the bottom right corner and the picture will fill the screen.

        Comcast ! Comcast !

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        The full screen looks great!
        Thanks

  2. olof1 Says:

    Rather warm here today so the snow melts away a bit more every hour, I would have loved it if it didn’t make the roads so slippery in the mornings after a cold night. Well I still like that the snow slowly vanish but I can’t say I like to slide around on ice on my way to my car or while driving around 🙂

    They suddenly started predicting snow fall here but it will be warm enough during the days that it will melt away during the warmish day. I know it’s still early February so the cold weather will come back but I still hope for an unusually warm winter 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is still cold here and nothing is melting. There is ice on my back steps even though I have put de-icer on them twice.

      More snow here on the weekend, but I don’t know how much. I’m thinking only a little is too much after all we’ve had the last couple of weeks.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It snowed all day yesterday. I think we got about a foot or so. My plow guy came last night but there was stuff to remove this morning.
    By 10 AM I had showered, dressed, breakfasted, fed the dog, put him out, shoveled the walkways and his pee area, cleared off the car, removed laundry from the dryer, done the dishes, taken a bunch of photos and edited them. I felt very accomplished. Then I remembered that I hadn’t done my online class this week so I had to sit down and view an hour’s worth of lectures and take a couple of quizzes.
    Now I feel accomplished. 😀

    It was sunny here most of the day. Rocky and I sat out on the top step for a bit and we took a short walk down the street. Cold but not unbearable.
    Now I’m going to eat American chop suey and maybe some ice cream because it’s a good thing to do after a snow storm.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We actually got flurries this morning which covered the walk, but it is gone now. It is cold, and I have no problem being inside the house though I do have to hit the dump tomorrow.

      Compared to you, I am most decidedly a sloth. I didn’t do a thing today but I cry back as an excuse. The last two nights I have been woken up around 4 by the pain in my back, in a different spot than in the past. The other night it was so bad I got up for good. This morning I managed to fall back to sleep. I was going to do laundry and change my bed but that is too back involved, maybe tomorrow. I have also vowed to go out tomorrow with Gracie just for the heck of it.

      You are my role model!!

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Ah well, it’s not that I was industrious. Just too dumb to stop until I realized I’d been at it for 4 hours.
        Sorry your back is being obnoxious. Must be the weather. Mine has been acting up a bit, too. It’s okay after I’ve been up and moving for a while but if I stop, it gets stiff and painful and I have to start limbering it up all over again. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      I did glean my magazines taking out recipes I want to try and went through catalogues pretend shopping as I haven’t the money. I did order a Christmas present for a friend from Etsy.

  4. Bill S. Says:

    Kat:
    Winter here in NH is too long to spend indoors. We can’t fight it, so I get out and enjoy it. I took a walk up to town and back this afternoon and the day was really nice–blue, blue sky, no wind, comfortable temps. I filled the bird feeders, and threw some cinnamon popcorn on the ground. I didn’t like it, and I don’t see that the birds do either. It will probably still be there in the spring.

    I just installed two grab bars in the tub area. I’m trying to be pro-active, not wait until we fall.

    We had a good visit with our Durham friends. On our ride up the coast we came upon a group of birders watching a snowy owl on a rooftop–first time I ever saw one in person.

    Stay out of the hot sun…

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bill,
      I had no problem staying in today. I’m tired. I was up for a while from 4 to 5 because my back pain woke me up-second night in a row. The first night was really bad, and I ended up going downstairs but this morning I was finally able to go back to sleep. I can’t figure out what I did.

      I am going out tomorrow though I have no reason. It is just to feel the fresh air and give Gracie a ride.

      Lots of birds were here today because the feeders were filled again. I do need to put out more suet. The spawns would eat the popcorn. They eat everything.

      I totally understand grab the grab bars. I sometimes think I should do the same. I’ll see if Skip can do that.

      A snowy owl has been at West Dennis beach for a couple of weeks, but I haven’t gone by to visit it yet. I haven’t ever seen one in real life.

  5. flyboybob Says:

    We here in North Texas got a nice dusting of snow this morning. Luckily the snow didn’t accumulate. It was that dry granular kind that doesn’t really stick to the roads but the kind that the wind blows across the roads but only accumulates on the sides. The tempera rues have been in the 20’s all day.

    The winter Olympics hold little interest for me. I can’t wait for spring training to begin. The Rangers sold the naming rights to the Ballpark in Arlington to some insurance company in Oklahoma. It’s now Globe Life Park. “Hey, lets all go out to Globe Life Park and see a game”. It’s not like saying, “Hey, lets all go out to Fenway, Dodger Stadium or Yankee Stadium, and see a game”.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was cold there so I’m surprised you didn’t get more snow. We got the same flurries this morning which covered the crusty snow from yesterday when it rained. Luckily it didn’t stay here either.

      When it was decided that Boston Garden was too far gone to obsolescence, the new Garden was built. They called it The Fleet Center then it became TD Garden which is where it is now. I like that they kept part of the original name.

      I agree about the name changing of ball parks.


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