Sunday, February 14, 2010

spring hopes eternal

a story in 12 sentences...

Winter came early and has been much colder than normal.

On February 12, 2010 there was snow on the ground in 49 of 50 states.

We used the same amount of propane at the country house in the last 6 weeks that we used for the previous 8 months.

The weather prognosticators are saying this weather might last for another 4 weeks.

I saw two pear trees and a japanese magnolia in full bloom yesterday, but then they have always been eager.

The birds are having territorial issues.

The cat went out today and didn't want back in after 5 minutes.

The weather prognosticators are often wrong.

Today was warm and sunny, warm enough to go barefoot and dig weeds out of the garden.

Alas, they are sometimes right.

Another week of cold wet gray days is currently blowing in.

It's not warm enough to go barefoot any more.


  1. I love the picture [of hope!]

    I get the heating bill thing - we had to cut back so much this year, but it has been better since the snow [not as cold]

    And barefoot? What the heck is barefoot? What do you speak of woman? LOL

    Hugs [for warmth and friendship]

    Have a nice evening.

  2. hello ellen! barefoot? i think the last barefoot moment was five months ago for me although i was barbequing in my socks the other day - that shows hope doesn't it?! steven

  3. Oh Mother Nature is indeed fickle this winter. We've had very little snow here in southern New England, but I'm sure she'll have us pay for it with a rainy Spring, or some such thing.

  4. Barefoot..... I do that in the shower, but I suppose that doesn't count? We have used a lot of wood and still haven't achieved warm and cozy most days .... more like keeping the chill bearable. Still, I am hopeful for spring.

  5. Uhgh heating bills! Ouch! Spring is just around the corner!

  6. "It's not warm enough to go barefoot any more."

    That is a manifesto in and of itself. Loved the 12 line story. :)

  7. Be as the weather is when it's sunny and brught, but when it's cold and annoying, don't let it affect you too much :D

    Take care!

  8. I'm barefoot as I type, but I'm in Australia.

    Commiserations to you for all this cold and snow and ice and rain and grim prognostications of more to come.

    Here I hope to get past the bushfire season without a repeat of last year's tragedy on Black Saturday, with so many lives lost.

    Weather is the great leveler. we are all dependent upon it in one way or another.

  9. My propane bill rivals the national debt!! And I am still freezing?? What is up with that? And barefoot!? Are you crazy?? My slippers have slippers!!

  10. What a summation, I can relate to them all.

    I could have purchased a top line saddle for what I have paid on heating costs.

    ...and spring is one day closer.

  11. Well done!

    We also enjoyed yesterday's spring-like weather, walking around the Menil to all the different buildings, reveling in the sun, and those lovely sculpture parks with their long limbed live oaks. Then last night we tried to stand on the porch and both jumped in when we felt the intense wind (cold and rainy).

    Hang in there!! It's COMING!

  12. Weather is complicated. No one really knows.

    May spring come sooner rather than later to your landscape!

  13. I guess I could go barefoot in the HOUSE (if I wanted cold toes & salt digging into my feet). It's snowing here again. Sigh.

  14. Our temperatures have been much warmer than usual, but then what is 'usual'. No two winters have ever been the same over the last 20 years along the Columbia in the NW.

  15. This is actually a beautiful poem in twelve sentences! I love those prognosticators, yeah right. Barefoot sounds nice. Will be a long while for that in Michigan.

  16. Our winter has been colder than usual too, with more snow. Of course the snow is good for our desert water situation. I nonetheless long for spring.

  17. We were predicted to have another snow storm hit this week. Thankfully, it's warmed up enough that I think it's going to just be rain instead.

    Rain, I can deal with.

    It's only 10:30 AM, but it's already 36 degrees here. A virtual heat wave! :)


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