That is with all this white stuff. . . snow. I love when the snow falls and how the world outside seems to shut down. . . even if just for a few hours.
I hate the panic and madness that sets in days prior because the world as we know it just might have to shut down for a few hours.
I love how everything goes from a dingy and lifeless landscape to being covered with a pristine and silky white coating.
I hate how the edges of all roads turn black after the salt trucks and plows come through.
I love how my dogs love to play in it. . . all boundaries are gone! And even though our pristine yard lasts all of 2 seconds after I open the door to let them out, I love throwing snow balls and chasing them to help them mess it up even more.
I hate how it takes them twice as long…and what feels like forever in sub-0 temps…to find a place to do their business.
And now another element to this love-hate thing . . . ice! Last week’s ice storm here, where they’ve dubbed this area as the hardest hit and I think I heard some newscaster say worse than what Sandy brought us, has added a whole new dimension that flips things to hate ~ love. I hate how an icy forecast sends shivers down my spine. My house sits under a towering big old oak (and a few other big trees around the property) and although in 20 years it has given us no trouble… just how lucky can we continue to be? But, as much as I hate how unnerving an ice storm can be and to know I have to say goodbye to that old oak (better by man’s hands than mother-nature’s), I love when the sun finally comes out (and the electricity back on) because it really is a a magical site to see. . . where trees, even the broken ones, sparkle like chandeliers, and the ground is covered with glistening shards of glass-like crystals that have fallen from the trees. Mother Nature’s idea of bling. . .
Today started as a frigid but sunny day; but as I get ready to post this, the sky is slowly going gray. These are some of the headlines for this area’s forecast come tomorrow . . . “Catastrophic’ Storm Moving Up the East Coast” and Nor’easter to Hammer DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. Here we go again . . . To all of you that live in this zone stay warm & safe. For me, I just hope my snow boots are tall enough.
Til next time,
That is exactly where my head has been all week, as this week’s 52×52 happens to be clouds. Before I share my week of clouds, I’d like to share one of my little cloud adventures with you… It’s not always advisable to walk with your head in the clouds. My dogs will attest to that. A week with a beautiful full moon (and some clouds), one morning, I caught a glimpse of the full moon low in the sky (maybe 6 a.m. ish). So I made sure my iPhone was in my back pocket when it was time to take the “boys”* out. The “boys” were thrilled as this meant an extra long predawn walk. On our way… But every time I got to where I thought there would be an unobstructed view, the moon continued the game of hide & seek. I picked up the pace (I still had to get to work, after all) … and …then… BAM! Down I went! I found a small patch of black ice…the hard way. The “boys” and I became a tangled mess. I picked myself up and made sure all my bones were intact and that the “boys” were good to go (I swear Charlie was laughing at me). More determined than ever now, I quickly continued … on the grass now … only to find the moon had almost completely gone behind a bank of clouds and if that weren’t bad enough … the flash on my phone fired (didn’t even know it was on). And for all my efforts, bumps, and bruises this was the one and only shot… and what?!?!… no clouds?!?
(cropped and processed via Instagram)
It’s okay to have your head in the clouds, but remember to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground… and that’s exactly what I did the rest of the week.
CLOUDS, CLOUDS, . . . AND MORE CLOUDS 🙂
Above photo: another iPhone shot. Lovely texture & birds provided by
distressed fx app
Above photo: Another predawn/moon iPhone shot. Apps: Mobile Monet & distressed fx
Finally… made it to work! HDR and panoramic features on iPhone…fun,fun,fun!!!
The Clouds …or should I say cloud… moving in.
Every afternoon winter skies seemed to return, only to start to disappear again just as the sun was starting to set (yep, iPhone again)
So this morning, I finally got my head out of the clouds (well, kinda).
Next week: The color RED
Have a wonderful day! Hoping to HOP 🙂 in again tomorrow with an Easter greeting.
* The “boys” , in this post and all posts from this time on, refers to my two Golden Retrievers. Charlie will be 3 shortly and Parker is 5. Their personalities are identical (seriously, no exaggeration here) to that of Tigger (that’s Charlie) and Eeyore (that would be Parker).