GENTLE WINTER WITH HOLIDAY SONGS

It wasn’t a heavy snow. A dusting, really. Fat flakes drifted past the windows through the naked trees, but left nothing more than a frosting. And it was wet snow that quickly melted when the sun hit it. The ground was too warm. Winter has been gentle this year.

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During the night, the cold is supposed to move in.Our nights have been cold, but the days have been unusually warm for this time of year.

Winter is usually about how many layers you need to wear. Which boots will keep your feet from freezing. Scarves and hats keep the frostbite at bay. How long it takes the car to warm before you can get heat. Remembering to not leave stuff in the car that might freeze.

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So far, though, except for a wintry blast on Thanksgiving, it has been mild. Mostly in the high 30s and low 40s in the daytime, in the 20s at night. For you west coasters, this really is mild for New England in December.

The wood steps to the deck are usually too treacherous to use throughout the winter, but so far, so good.

Garry takes weather personally. Cold makes him suffer. He’s a sunshine kind of guy. Both of us were raised in New York and landed here. In Massachusetts. It’s a love-hate thing. Love New England, wish the weather weren’t so harsh.

light snow falling picture windowWe feel weather in our bones these days. Human barometers. We are more accurate than the maps on the weather channel.

This warm spell is a treat, a special gift for our holiday season.

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So … no snow right now, but I assume it will come. Or maybe we will have one of those precious snow-free winters. I’m dreaming of a not-so-white Christmas!



Categories: Blackstone Valley, Music, Nature, New England, Photography, Seasons, snow, Weather, Winter

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  1. Wish you a lovely and not too cold holiday season and winter too. The first photo is my favorite.

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    • The best to you and yours, too!

      You just reminded me I need to water my cactus 🙂 It snowed a bit last night. Barely a dusting, but the temperature dropped too, so it has hung around longer than it should have. Time to button up the overcoat.

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  2. Great photos looking out onto the snow. We are suffering from heat and humidity here In Hastings, New Zealand. Which is worse? 😀

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  3. The pictures definitely look cold.

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  4. We haven’t had our first snowfall yet. In fact it’s been a really warm start to our Winter in the Pacific Northwest, still reaching highs of 50 and lows in the 40s. In fact we’re scheduled for a real soaking downpour today that’s sure to cause flash floods.

    By the way I recently discovered Soundcloud and like the way we can plunk music files in our blogs.

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    • It has been unseasonably warm just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere. I’m hearing the same from friends in England and Switzerland, too, as well as Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, Tennessee, and Michigan. Interesting that the warm spell is so wide-spread. It’s downright hot in Arizona and New Mexico. I’m seeing the first blue clear sky in a while today. While we have had much rain — and NO snow since Thanksgiving — it’s been gray and dark for more than a week. It doesn’t even look threatening. Just dark.

      I like the way Soundcloud works, but their selection is so limited and most of it is remixes, not the originals. Some are okay, and I grab them when I can, but many are pretty bad, so I’m mostly back to Youtube for the originals of whatever I’m looking for.

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      • Current weather is just fine by me. But this is New England so I’ll defer to the gods. I’m 39 but have lived in New England for almost 45 years now. 31 years of blizzard live shots.. So, mum’s the word on weather.

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      • Because I’m living with a musician who has just released his first original album the music scene in Portland, OR is loaded with creative talent. I have a few original CDs from these singers who have them loaded to Soundcloud. I too use YouTube over 90% of the time but these new artists aren’t listed there yet. I loaded one of my landlord’s original songs to YouTube as I shot the video of his opening CD release party.

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  5. It’s weirdly warm here as well. When I left the work Christmas party last Saturday night it was hovering around freezing, but since then it has warmed up and yesterday it was in double figures. That’s Autumn temperatures.

    To be honest I’d prefer it to be a little colder for Christmas. It’s no good when you can wander around outside without a coat.

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    • We aren’t quite coatless weather, but close. It is unusual, but not unheard of. We’ve had warm weather for Christmas in the past. I remember it was quite the subject of conversation when I was a teenager, that both Christmas and New Year were almost 70 degrees. That was in 1963 … so it’s rare, but not unheard of.

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