It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow.
~ Roman Payne
There was no real sunrise here this morning, just a gradual brightening of the sky to a dull, winter gray. The weather guy on the local news said there might be freezing fog. I’ve never seen freezing fog, and wasn’t sure what he meant. The air certainly felt frozen.
After a few minutes of walking around, I realized that the frost, instead of melting as it usually does in the morning, was growing thicker. The air appeared thick with cold, too.
They are saying that we will get some snow tonight. One to three inches on the northern part of the peninsula. One inch, maybe less, here in the south. It’s supposed to get windy, too. The sound of the wind is different here than it is in the Bogs. It’s not as vocal. I’m not sure why, but maybe because it’s flat. There are no hills and hollows to help the wind sing.
The birds have been busy today. The feeders we put out a week or so ago have finally been discovered, and are now a popular meeting place. There were all kinds of little birds there, along with some cardinals. A couple of woodpeckers were knocking around in the trees, and a gray squirrel went dashing past me. I don’t think the squirrel has noticed the feeder yet. The Great Blue Heron who visits the lagoon every morning came around, and didn’t rush off as soon as he saw me.
Flocks of geese flew overhead, going south. The air was filled with the noise of hundreds of geese honking. It’s an incredible sound.
I didn’t stay out as long as I usually do. It’s true that I’m growing soft here on the Eastern Shore. The cold was biting, and my fingers and toes started to ache from it. I’m going to look for my snow boots today. Even if we don’t get much snow, it will be nice to have warmer boots to wear when I go out into the cold.
As if the frost wasn’t proof enough that it’s cold outside, I came inside to find this:
Since leaving the kitten stage when they did everything together, Izzy and Bella barely tolerate each other and occasionally fight in the way that most siblings fight, which is to say, not to hurt each other, but rather to establish who is in charge. They take turns in the role of Alpha Cat, and they have some sort of time-share agreement when it comes to occupying the kitty condo. The only time they cuddle up anymore is when it’s cold. I keep the heat turned down during the day because I’m moving, and snuggling on the heated water bed is the best way for them to keep warm.
It feels good to get back into my morning routine. Yoga, meditation, writing, walking, and a good cardio workout are a fantastic way to start the day. Cardio workouts are a good way to stay warm, too.
It’s time for me to get back to work. I have five large boxes of kitchen things to unpack, and then we’ll be settled in there. M and I have started to clear out the sun room in preparation for the Next Big Project. I love that space is finally beginning to open up in the house. It’s still chaotic, but at least it doesn’t feel as crowded.
Thank you for stopping by on this frigid day. Maybe tomorrow we can go out and play in the snow. We’ll have to wait and see what Old Man Winter decides to bring us.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Movement (it feels so good to be exercising again!); the gift that Santa brought this morning (my new camera!!!!); exclamation points (because I seem to be using a lot of them today!); tomato soup; Izzy and Bella, snuggling and then chasing each other around the house.