Winter in July

Winter in July

Winter in July, it is a dream of snow.  It is white sheets waving on a clothesline, white butterflies dancing on white flowers.

It is a cool breeze and a gray sky, an almost autumnal feel, a favorite jacket in the light evening rain.  Blankets at night.

Real winter is months away. It is a memory of blizzards, or a future date on a calendar. Already, there are  ads for school supplies, already next year's calendars.  Is it too early to think about these things? It's not too early to think about mid-term elections. November is coming.

But today, it's a beautiful summer day.  Ice is clinking in ice-tea  glasses.  Ice cream is melting in the sun.

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  • There was the volcano in 1816, which had that effect. One report was that it resulted in lots of farmers forfeiting their land contracts, but there was plenty of free farmland in Michigan (the explanation why so many places outside Detroit have New York State names).

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. Yes, they called it "The Year without a Summer." Mt.Tambora eruption. This summer has been warmer than average, but fewer tornadoes and hurricanes so far!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    We escaped the storm that overturned the Branson Duck and now is flooding the Maryland area. I was driving to Cincinnati at the time and had to pull over at Ohio Exit 1 until it blew over.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm glad you got there safe, Jack! Yes, it seems we're escaping the worst of the storms, and the record heat in Texas is keeping us cooler, here.

  • Then there's hockey "prospect camp" and the Blackhawks convention to cool my hockey-loving, wintry mind... but meanwhile, yes, autumnal clouds and cold breezes will be just fine. Plus some lovely wintry images here, too. Many thanks!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading! Is there a hockey equivalent of the Hot Stove League? The Ice Box League?

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