Mad as the Mist and Snow

Mad as the Mist  and Snow
  When I think of blizzards, I remember the wild and terrifying beauty of the thundersnow, and the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011.  It was  a powerful force of nature. I was reminded of this poem by William Butler Yeats.  It’s been years  since I read it. It has changed,  and I have changed.  I... Read more »

It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard  of 2011
It was called Snowzilla, the Snowpocalyspe, and Snowmageddon.  If you were in Chicago, you will never forget the Groundhog Day Blizzard. It  began on  February 1  and lasted through  February 2, 2011. Chicago experienced  as much as two feet of snow and blizzard conditions, with winds of over 60 mph. The  official record at O’Hare Airport was... Read more »

Blue Mondays All Week

Blue Mondays  All Week
Here it is, the third week of January,  historically the coldest week of the year.   Yes, it was  really cold. Not polar vortex cold like the past two  years, not cold as interstellar space, which, according to the Adler Planetarium ad is  -454 degrees Fahrenheit,  but  cold enough to remind us that it does... Read more »
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Snow and subzero---winter as we know it

Snow and  subzero---winter as we know it
Snow, and subzero is winter as we know it here. Time to get out all the layers. When  Chiberia returns,  the chic Chiberians get out the snow pants, the sweatpants, the  fleece-lined pants. They pile on as many extra layers as they can.  They mix and match. They add colors, too.  There is Chiberian chic.... Read more »

The Joys of January

The Joys of January
Happy new year! Here comes the new page of January, unwritten as freah-fallen snow.  It’s  a chance to begin again—out with the old, in with the new! And yet, in our  routine  of days,  how quickly the  page is covered with appointments and errands, assignments, projects, things to do. New things and old  occupy our... Read more »

I headed for the hills

This post is part of the ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, in which menbers of the community write a post in one hour.  Tonight’s challenge is–“You made a million  choices in 2015, Write about one of them.” I chose to change my coffee. I like real coffee, and  I usually make my own.  Making coffee is my meditation,... Read more »
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Wintry Mix Monday

Wintry Mix Monday
What a combination– A Monday after a holiday weekend, and a wintry mix that caused traffic delays, hundreds of flight cancellations  and  power outages in the Chicago area.  Winds off the Lake churned up  high waves, and flood advisories. A wintry mix sounds like something you’d make for  a holiday party–something to go with the... Read more »

December solstice--light in the dark

December solstice--light in the dark
The hours of daylight  grow shorter, as we count down to  the  winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  The  solstice will occur on December 22, at  04:48 Universal Time.   For those  of us in the Central Time Zone in North America, the solstice will occur on  December 21, at 10:48 p.m. At the December... Read more »

Paperwhite narcissus--winter flowers

Paperwhite narcissus--winter  flowers
Before I had a cat, every winter I would grow  paperwhite narcissus bulbs. Paperwhite narcissus are related to the yellow daffodils of spring. They are native to the western Mediterranean, from Greece to Portugal, Morocco and Algeria. They grow from bulbs, forming grassy foliage and wonderfully fragrant flowers. WARNING– Bulbs  are poisonous to cats!  If you want to... Read more »
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November Trees

November Trees
The first snow of the season fell  on Friday and  Saturday,  covering the autumn leaves. Sunday was  cold,  intense blue sky, and a rain of falling mulberry leaves.  It was a downpour, a shower of leaves.  Mulberries  are very sensitive to temperature.  You can read more about them, here. The maples and the ginkgoes, too,... Read more »