Category: seasons

Two Days of Snow

Two Days of Snow
Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, has been called the most depressing day of the year. Holidays are over. Bills are due. The new year has not made you a new person overnight. Depressing! Even more so in these plague years. Omicron anxiety, politics, climate news, all combine for a bleak scenario. Add to... Read more »

That 40's feeling

That 40's feeling
Temperatures reached a high of 40 degrees yesterday! Call it a January thaw, or spring for a day, it felt good to get out of the deep freeze, to walk on ice-free sidewalks, even for a day. Squirrels were running up and down the trees. Sparrows chattered from the rooftops. People were out riding bicycles... Read more »

Tracks in the snow

Tracks in the snow
And so happy new year, and snow on the sidewalks. Snow on the streets, and the evergreens. Snow on the steps of front porches. Snow on summer chairs. Trees that were festively decorated for the Christmas holidays are out by the trash bins in the alleys. How beautiful they are, with the snow on their... Read more »
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Winter Solstice 2021

In spite of the Omicron variant, December solstice will happen as it has for as long as the earth has traveled around the sun. This year, it happens today, December 21, at 9:59 am. Chicago time. This is the moment when the sun appears to be above the Tropic of Capricorn, marking the beginning of... Read more »

Severe Weather 12-10-21

Wild weather was in the forecast for Friday, but no one predicted how bad the tornado outbreak would turn out to be. They are still assessing the damage of the tornado outbreak across 5 states late on Friday night and early Saturday morning. The severity of the outbreak and the duration of the tornadoes is... Read more »

A change of seasons

A change of seasons
December 1 marks the start of meteorological winter. December 21 is the winter solstice. From now until the winter solstice, there is less daylight every day. The sunsets are glorious, pink and gold. The earliest sunsets of the year are happening right now. Now, the roses are gone; the thorns and rose hips remain. Milkweed... Read more »
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A rain of leaves, and snow!

A rain of  leaves, and snow!
Sunday, November 14— Halloween was two weeks ago! And the pumpkins are beautiful in their decay. It’s that November sky again, a wintry sky that could mean rain or snow. A day of gray sky, gray cars, gray houses, and the gold and amber and orange colors of the remaining leaves on the bushes and... Read more »

Hello, Moon

Hello, Moon
After the time shift, it’s dark by 5 PM now. This takes some getting used to. Yes, artificial lights are helpful, and we have many kinds. There’s glow-in-the-dark running shoes, jackets, dog leashes, bike tires. There are special lights that reproduce the natural light spectrum to help with seasonal depression. There’s screens and phones, and... Read more »

Ghost Season

Now comes ghost season, the Halloween decorations and spider webs are everywhere, these days. There are ghosts and witches, zombies, skeletons, mummies, vampires, and Frankenstein monsters. In the half-light of twilight, cats disappear in the shadows. A possum in the alley is mistaken for a rat. A plastic bag becomes a ghost. It is easy... Read more »
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October Sweaters

October Sweaters
When the frost is on the pumpkins and ghosts and monsters give you frights You’re going to need a sweater to keep you warm on spooky nights. Maybe someone made it for you, sweating in July, or you found it in a thrift shop, when you went in days gone by. A bonus if it’s... Read more »