“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”

Earlier this morning I rolled over and looked out the window. I swear I saw the sun. Later, when I woke up, it was a gray day. It was yesterday and the day before and the day before that. I could keep going but you get the idea. That sun must have been a dream, a wanting and most of all a hoping.

More snow is in the forecast, light snow starting later today. I am passed screaming. I can only sigh. The temperature is going to plummet. It will be 12˚ tonight and 9˚tomorrow night. The 20’s during the day will seem downright tropical. Where did I put that Hawaiian shirt? I’m thinking mai tai, many mai tais, all with umbrellas.

In Northern Ghana this is the harmattan, the season when a cold-dry dusty wind blows from the desert. It is also the hottest time of the year. In Bolga, where I lived, every day this time of year was over 100˚. The cold shower was a blessing, a relief from the heat. I didn’t have a fan, never even thought of buying one. The heat was something to abide just as the snow is. The nights during the harmattan brought relief from the relentless heat of the days. The temperatures dropped as low as the 70’s. I was cold and even had a wool blanket on my bed. The early mornings were brisk, even chilly. They were a delight.

In the midst of the harmattan I thought of home and winter. I thought of snow but it was an idealized version conjured by my imagination. The snow was pristine, perfectly white. Snowmen with carrot noses, buttons and top hats sat on front lawns. Kids sledded down hills. Snowball fights were fun. Cars made a crunching sound from the snow as they drove down the street. We all looked healthy with red cheeks.

It is easy to get discontent with extremes so we have to remind ourselves that seasons change. The heat ends when the rains come. Spring always follows winter.

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8 Comments on ““December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has been warmish (above 32) here during nights too now but there’s surprisingly much snow left on the rgound anyway. Saturday will be a bit colder but after that it will get warm again.

    Normally I have a week with -22F around now and since it’s usually calm, clear and sunny I like walking around outside with lots of clothes of course 🙂 The rime on the trees are usually spectacuarly thick thopse days, over an inch thick.

    But I can’t complain about warm weather, after all that is what I dream about every autumn 🙂 Stilkl too cold for a mango tree in the garden though 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It’s going to be downright cold for a while, especially at night. Right now we have snow flurries, but a storm is coming this weekend.

      Today is in the 20’s but feels warmer as there is little wind. Gracie goes out, hurries her business and comes right back inside. I don’t blame her.

      I have some place to go tomorrow, but today I’m staying inside, hunkered down!

      Enjoy your evening and keep warm.

  2. Hedley Says:

    9F, -10F wind chill and dumping to -25F tonight. Never make a life changing decision in February.

    I have built enough distractions to take me in to March, its The Antelope on Sunday night, we head to northern Michigan next weekend to work on the wedding and the following weekend I am on the ground for 2 1/2 days in London to see Spurs play Chelsea in the League Cup Final.

    There was just a light covering of snow on the drive this morning, but the sheen underneath produced a slickness that brought back rather unpleasant memories of broken legs. The Terrier and I treated the driveway with some distain, it was better that way.

    I am bumming about Brian Williams and thought Lester Holts comments hardly supportive. (and a lot worse)

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m thinking a life changing decision in February is whether to go outside or not.

      I have no plans. I do have some books to read, but that’s about it for a distraction. I am thinking of doing some baking as I enjoy working in the kitchen.

      My path and steps are clean of ice thanks to multiple treatments of safe for paws de-icer. There are two storms coming: one of little consequence and the other with the possibility of up to a foot of new snow. That last one is supposed to start on Saturday.

      I am saddened that he played with the truth.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sun today 🙂

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I did see the sun for a minute yesterday. This morning, as I took the dogs for their first walk, I thought I saw a flake of snow. A few hours later it was fat flakes coming down like a busted feather pillow. Argh. I’m tired of wearing boots. I’m even beginning to get tired of the coyote fur ushanka, lovely and warm as it is.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My sister in Stoneham had snow for a while-big, fluffy flakes.

      We are in for it starting late evening Saturday into Sunday evening. The cape is right in the path of the snow storm. 12+ is the prediction. Grrrrrrrr!!

      Have a great, snowless evening!

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