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The February blahs

Four
Four

Like a bird with broken wing
that has traveled through wind for years…
I sleep and my heart stays awake…

~ George Seferis

Across the lagoon
Across the lagoon

Another gray day.  Another storm approaches.  The weather folks have been steadily downgrading the severity of the storm since last night.  There might be some sleet or snow, but we’re so far south (not far from Virginia) that rain is most likely.  It’s the winds we’ll need to watch out for, I think.  They could cause some coastal flooding, and for us that means flooding in the woods because the house, thankfully, is not in a flood zone.  Or wasn’t in a flood zone under the old maps.  The new maps might change that status.

At sunset
At sunset

The topsy-turvy weather makes it hard to get used to the cold.  It was 11°F when I rolled out of bed this morning.  It will be near 50 tomorrow, then back to the 20’s and 30’s with snow in the forecast for Saturday.

Spiked
Spiked

On the positive side, looks like we’ll be in the 50’s Tuesday through Friday next week.  There will be rain with that (of course), but it will be nice to have the temperature settle down a bit.

Splayed
Splayed

Well, this is dull.  I’m blogging about the weather.  I’m afraid there’s not much else going on other than shifts here and there.  Shifts in the weather, shifts in the wildlife, shifts in general.  The geese (Canada and Snow) and blackbirds are on the move.  Some of the Red-Winged Blackbirds appear to be settling in, their calls becoming part of the outdoor symphony.

In the magnolia grove
In the magnolia grove

Daffodils are popping up all over, and one of these days I need to get out in the meadow and clear away the grasses and wildflowers from the asparagus bed.  I had a look at the garden while I was out today.  I found it depressing.  I couldn’t believe how many tiny pieces of plastic are mixed in the with the dirt.

Loblolly
Loblolly

It’s like that all over the property.  The big pieces aren’t so bad because they’re easily cleaned up.  But all the tiny pieces!  Ugh.  The only thing to do is take a bag with me whenever I go out, and start picking them up.

Why didn't they recycle all the Coors Light cans??  (If you look closely, you'll see at least one small piece of plastic in this photo.)
Why didn’t they recycle all the Coors Light cans?? (If you look closely, you’ll see at least one small piece of plastic in this photo.)

Enough of the doldrums.  Life is good.  Even cleaning up all the trash is good.  It’s good exercise for me, and it means it won’t end up in the water or in the stomach of a bird or other animal.

Hope springs from the earth
Hope springs from the earth

Thank you for dropping in today.  Sorry about the blahs.  Things will be picking up soon.  I’m sure of it.  I hope your Wednesday was without blahs, and full of hope and possibilities.

View of Back Creek around noon today.
View of Back Creek around noon today.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

11 thoughts on “The February blahs

  1. It’s hard not to talk about the weather when it affects us so personally…February feels longer than any other month, because of the Blahs. Take heart! You’ll be in full-on Spring long before we even have a whisper up here (or back in the Bogs, likely).
    Little snow, lotta rain is still our forecast. Still lots of Yuck.
    Love the light in that header photo!

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  2. My Wednesday was…just…Wednesday…another day of work, but at least we got SUN! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your daffodills as they will bloom WAY before mine. Mine are under approx 4 feet of snow at the moment. Maybe some will melt next week..I hear we might break 32. Or not.

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  3. This winter is pushing everyone. I’ve also noticed a few signs that the weather is about to swing – maybe that’s why winter is so bitter.
    Sunny this afternoon and hope it will hold a few days…the dog is so bored she started eating a hole in the wall by her lookout window. Hard to blame her. With luck she can romp with friends tomorrow – even if she gets muddy.
    Stay snug and pleasantly occupied (really like that quote – such imagery)

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  4. Its hard not to talk about the weather. Except for die hard winter enthusiasts, I think we are all sick of this weather. I’m home on another snow day today, which really kinda stinks since school vacation is next week. I’d rather get the days done now than when its getting hot at the end of June. We have the potential for 14″ today followed by freezing rain. Really hoping the power stays on! Blahs are where it is at right now. C’mon spring!!!!

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  5. Well, Robin, it used to be said that we British were famous Worldwide for talking about the weather, does this mean your joining our ranks eh? 🙂 ’tis hard not to talk about it, to be serious, it seems so violent, changeable, and prone to be classed under ‘warning’ levels everywhere, be it too hot, to cold, or just plain drowning in water. I fear we Humans have meddled somehow, tipped the scales. unless they find out that it’s a normal shift in the patterns recorded since who knows when? You can Blah, all you want, honest, ’tis a pleasure to drop by and view your photo’s whilst reading your words. ‘Tis sunshining here by the way, yet yesterday I took a chance and went outside, it poured down on me. swimming in it I was, ’twas as if someone had emptied bucketloads. (wonder if they’re spring cleaning up there?) Happy New Trails xPenx

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  6. February at your blog-place is never blah, Robin! We’re on a weather roller coaster ride here, too. Only the snowplow is disturbing the tranquil silence of the heavy snowfall we’re getting here at the moment. It’s supposed to change to a wintry mix and then back to snow again tomorrow morning.

    That’s too bad about all the plastic embedded in your property, but you seem to have found a way to make the best of the situation. Mother Nature is thanking you!

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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