1/17/09

winter, so far....

Obviously you've heard the northeast had quite a cold spell? Yeah, I'm living in the artic tundra. This past Friday & Sat. nights we had temps below zero and the wind chill was a -5. Today, Sunday, isn't so bad, we're having a mild heatwave as the temps are finally back into the low 30's. I thought I'd share some winter photos from my neck of the woods...


The docks in my town. The commercial fishing boats, most of them are all out. How'd you like to go and fish in zero degree weather with cold water all around you for 10+ hours? That's gotta be a very hard job to do in the winter. My hat goes off to these guys & girls; I'm grateful for their hard work and some of the best local seafood around.
Look at that sky! How magnificent, how monstrous! When you're standing in zero degree weather with below zero wind chills staring up at that sky you truly feel alive. (and truly friggin frozen!)





Down the road a bit from the docks is the cape cod canal. This is a place where I like to walk, long walks, as the canal is about 8 miles long. It's a great place to walk in the spring & summer, not in the winter as the winds are brutal here. The wind is so strong here in the winter that it literally slaps your face.
That's that Sagamore Bridge in the distance; a bridge that separates cape cod from the mainland; only way on to cape cod is this bridge or the other bridge (Bourne Bridge).



Look at the clouds! Friggin awesome.

Ever since 911, cameras are everywhere along the canal, thankfully.

My back deck with the beginning of snowstorm number 7? I lost count by now.

One hour later, two more inches fell. I love the sound/no sound of the snow falling. No other noises, no cars, no animals, just snow falling...you know that almost non-existence sound?

This photo is from Friday, the creek that runs to the marsh in our backyard is frozen in some parts: that rarely happens; this shows you how cold it was. But I worried about my friends the ducks, how can they stand that cold water? Aren't they just freezing? Can they not feel the cold water in their feet? I wanted to bring them in the house so badly.





When I went over to feed them, they started to move, so I my thoughts of bringing them inside would never work. I love my duckie friends. They do chat A LOT with each other early in the morning.


Very early one morning I saw these tracks on my back deck. How cool? Nothing else touched the snow, but these tracks. I'm pretty sure it was a bunny.

You know it's cold out when my cat literally gets under the blankets!

A skylight window above my bedroom at 9am--yes, 9am! It's that dark outside. Can you say SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? I swear I have a touch of it every winter; I crave the sun so much these days.

My bedroom outside deck, not very deck-like these past few months. I loved sitting here in the summer soaking up the warm rays and watching sunsets at night.

My cocoon. Winter makes me sleep a lot more. Hibernate is more the term. See the ivory blanket on top of the mattress? That's my electric blanket, I put ON the bed so I lay over it me--that's how cold I am at night. Sooooo nice and comfy that way. When we have frigid cold days I swear I love getting into bed with my electric blanket set high, and my comforter surrounding every inch of skin, I can't leave any skin unexposed, everything covered!! Cocoon!

My night table these days is nothing more than a pharmacy and watering hole. My skin is so dry this winter. On Friday night the dew point was a minus -4. Minus people! It's been so dry here this winter. During the middle of the night I get so parched and my skin so dry that I have to mist it. I put eye cream on my dry eyes at least 3 times a day...crazy. The dark gray box behind the water is my late kittys' ashes; it's always on my nightstand, near me.

I finally broke down and bought a warm mist humidifier. I LOVE this. The amount of clean, warm mist this little guy spouts out is amazing. No more waking up with dry throat. It really is a great little machine.


This is where I'd rather be this winter....

Or here.... aloha `aina

33 comments:

  1. Heh, I can't remember how many storms we've had either. Personally, I like the winter. I like cold and snow. My girlfriend thinks I'm nuts. She cocoons up too! That's too funny. :)

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  2. TONS of snow storms here too - eeek!!

    Cute ducks and cat!! :-)

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  3. I'm with Bob, I LOVE this weather. The gray days don't even bother me. I loved all of your photos!

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  4. I TOTALLY understand how you feel about this weather. Here in CHicago it's been horrible.

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  5. I loved all of your photos - so pretty! I love going down the Cape in the Summer, the beaches are so nice, and I love going to the drive-in. My best friend has a cottage off exit 3, and I don't live too far from there anyways, so we're down their a lot. Oh, and that la Mer I spied...I'm jealous.

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  6. LOVE the pictures :) and i think i need a humidifier, the radiator heat in this place is not my favorite...

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  7. I know you really hate winter, but it is really pretty too. I know you will hate me when I tell you it's been over 80 degrees every day for the last week. MOVE BACK TO SO CAL!!! :)

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  8. OMG TIGER IS A TRIP!!!

    Good Pics of the Ducks!!

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  9. thanks for sharing what's going on at your side... indeed, it's been cold these past few days, considering we are in the tropical area... but we're not complaining... lol... btw, traffic in Tung Chung, HK isn't bad at all, and the temp when we were there was quite nice, around 12 to 13 degrees... :)

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  10. I like the snow tracks...so peaceful!

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  11. I think it looks absolutely gorgeous, but I hear when you go through freezing winters over and over, the whole romantic aspect of snow goes right out the window! Lately, it has been warm here in the upper 60's to the 70's and I hate it. Bring on the cold ;)

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  12. I set my electric blanket on high an hour before I go to bed so it's nice and warm when I crawl in. I hate a cold bed. Great photos...your kitty is sweet.

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  13. I loved this glimpse into your part of the world! Your kitty is a charmer, peeking out of the blanket like that! Glad you've found some relief with the humidifier. In addition to the dry skin and parched throat, are you getting static shocks every time you touch something? Love those warm weather pics; I'd settle for just being able to go outside without getting all bundled up!

    LOVE your burger in the previous post. Yum!

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  14. How do you people do it? I never could-- I'm freezing my ass off just looking at those!

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  15. We haven't been as cold as your area but almost. I'm watching flurries right now. I'm still not used to all of this cold dreary weather; like you I crave the sun!

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  16. i'm hating this winter. i like snow when it's pure and pristine and when it stops at 2 or 3 inches. and the negative temperatures aren't meant to be reached. :)

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  17. Nice to know I am not the only one suffering in freezing cold weather. Makes us appreciate spring that much more when it does show up.

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  18. What a pretty place you live in. Pretty cold too! I bet it is beautiful in the summer there. Stay warm and humidified!

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  19. Thank you for the window to your beautiful world...but I froze just thinking about it. Wish summer comes soon for you, & you sit on the deck, enjoying sunny days!

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  20. I'm jealous. I'm siiting here thinking I should get my sunglasses becuase the sun is shining so brightly inside! I want some cold and gloom. Isn't weird to want what you don't have? The snow does look beautiful though...try to enjoy it knowing I want it!

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  21. WAHHHHH, I miss New England! I don't *really* miss the cold cold, but I do, just a little and your pics really make me miss the snow especially.

    I know, I always wonder about the poor water fowl - I don't know how they can stand it either...brrrrrr

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  22. Enjoyed your photos! I'm going to have to make those Cheesy Cheeseburgers - and I recommend Entenmann's Cinnamon Swirl Buns :)

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  23. ahhh, i'm dreaming of the east coast! hopefully one day we'll move out east. meanwhile, i'm quite happy where i am...our freak snow has melted and it's back to bike rides!

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  24. Awesome photos, Dawn! They made such a nice story.

    Fishermen have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs there is.

    Like you, I tend to suffer from SAD, but the funny thing is not when it snows. Snow makes me so happy I just want to go roll around in it like a puppy. Now too much rain is a whole nother story.

    Your bed looks so cozy and warm. I've been using a steam vaporizer at night too. It does help a ton.

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  25. I love the photos! I am sick of winter, I wish spring would hurry up!

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  26. i love an ominous looking sky...there is something so thrilling about it.

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  27. Lovely pictures! Those ducks in the pond must be cold though... It gives me the chills just thinking about it!

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  28. I was so into the "Winter Study in Shades of Gray" that the summery pics at the end freaked me out. Love all your snaps - thanks for sharing!

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  29. I hear you sister! BTW, I think you have the most comfortable looking bed. Perfect for cocooning. :) Stay warm.

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  30. Nice pics, Dawn. I'm freezing too. Please pass the lotion . LOL

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  31. Hi Dawn, I can so relate to this post! I can't live without my electric blanket! I always preheat it before I get in bed. The greatest invention ever. It's bitter cold outevery day, I don't even want to walk down my driveway to get my mail. The older I get, I realize I just like 3 seasons, spring,fall, and summer. I can't wait for the warm sun too!

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  32. Your cat is so cute! :)

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  33. COCOON!!! COCOON!!!...at least its a little bit warmer now...

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