Tuesday, January 31, 2012

*The Joy of winter*****

Most of the time I spend winter wrapped up in a quilt, clutching a cup of hot tea with a warm furry kitty on my lap. But today I was shocked by 56 degree weather. I can't remember a time I was able to wear sandals and no coat driving to work in January! What a wonderful change from the normal -20 degrees with a wind chill of -20 making it "feel like" -40 below zero... brrrrr...

I do love winter, the frosty air makes hot chocolate just taste better. The cold toes makes warm quilts feel better. It gives me time to catch up on missed movies, books I want to read and garden catalogs to plan future orders.

The 2011/2012 winter has been quite mild here. Scares me to think of what might be in store for us in the up coming months.
Back in 1967 the Tribune said "The Blizzard of '67 proved the wisdom behind the Chicago saying "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute." Only two days before, the temperature had reached a record 65 degrees." Sounds a little too familiar for me. In 1967 I was 10 and it was a great adventure being a carefree child but now that I am the adult it has quite a different spin on the whole picture.
Figaro exploring
Sarge exploring

The kitties always like to walk around for a couple minutes before their toes get cold. I think if they could wear boots they would stay out much longer with their warm winter fur coats.

I am sure there is still snow in store for us, probably more than we care to think about.
But I will relish my warm furry friends, delicious cup of tea and drift off for a nap thinking about the warm summer days to come.