It snowed overnight. The morning arrived overcast and bitterly cold; it was 25º with wind from the north blowing at 17 mph. The ‘Feels Like’ temperature was 12º, with the UV Index parked at a puny 1. There was no sunshine and very low daylight and absolutely no enthusiasm for the prevailing conditions. Being outdoors … Continue reading chilling out, literally
Apricity is an archaic term, long out of use, meaning warmth from the winter sun. It’s been around since the 1600s when Henry Cockeram added the word to his cleverly titled reference book The English Dictionary; or, An Interpreter of Hard English Words. The expression, however, never really caught on with the general public. It should … Continue reading encountering apricity
Who can blame us? 2017 was not a banner year. Between Sideshow Don (the yu-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-ugest, most destructive man-made disaster ever in recorded history), the GOP, hurricanes, mass shootings, the loss of Mary Tyler Moore, and so much more, we’ve taken a long and relentless beating. On the plus side, there’s Robert Mueller and ... um, … Continue reading lookie, it’s the sign of a new year
I knew it was coming. It's an inescapable part of life, this changing of the seasons. Heck, I look forward to the transition of winter to spring with all the giddy anticipation of a schoolgirl. Spring into summer, as well. But it's hard to surrender the glory of summer to the chilly gloom of autumn. … Continue reading a sad, sad, terrible day
It feels like it. It feels like a warning. The abrupt appearance of a bird is often regarded as a portent of doom, sort of a ‘Run for your life!’ announcement, but with wings. Especially in these weather conditions. The rain doesn’t stop falling and the wind howls morning, noon, and night. It’s effing creepy. Saturday afternoon my … Continue reading is this an, um, omen?