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New England and the Cat Days of Winter

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I didn't grow up in New England, but I've lived here a long time and my kids grew up here. It can be glorious in the winter. On Wednesday I went XC In New Hampshire.

It is February vacation week here (a true new England tradition) so there were lots of kids on the trails. We had just gotten 3 inches of snow the night before. The sun was shining and the pristine snow was sparkling. The sky was a brilliant dark blue that you ONLY see on these special winter days. (The pic doesn't capture it) It was in the 30's and some were skiing in short sleeves. It made me think of times when my kids were little - skating and playing pond hockey - sledding and skiing. On the drive home the winter wonderland had turned into ugly brown road grime. Yesterday I woke up to 2 inches of slush and rain/sleet coming down. The glorious days don't happen all of the time. Especially, by late February and March I get tired of winter. I was thinking today that these are the dog days of winter, but then I wondered what they should be called and I came up with the cat days, because you just want to curl up in a ball and look out the window.

Going out to walk the dogs this morning the sidewalk was a sheet of ice. In the field, the snow was crusted. I had to hobble over the trail I made or if I get off the path I break thru the crust up to mid thigh. Yep, I'm ready for spring. Gotta light a fire under my rear and get through these cat days.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIANNEMT 2/23/2014 7:24PM

    Ah, yes--we are all so DONE with WINTER! If only the season WAS done. Hang in there--we will make it!!

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ROXYZMOM 2/23/2014 8:39AM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. It does look cold!!
We are supposed to get more snow Tuesday. I am ready for Spring!!

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STRONGDAWG 2/22/2014 6:43PM

    Today was wonderful, wasn't it? Sunshine. Warm temperatures. Of course, it'll get cold and icy again. But today was a treat.

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HIP-WITCH 2/22/2014 3:24PM

    Glad you had a good time! It's nice weather here in MTL, too. We're pretty close by I think. Enjoy!

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KATIE5668 2/22/2014 11:28AM

    emoticon can almost feel the cold...
but can see the mud & such..we got ours too!!

sounds like a lovely memory type day!

I agree ...cats days of winter seems appropriate!

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BOB5148 2/22/2014 11:11AM

  Like the pics

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THIN133 2/22/2014 11:09AM

    Beautiful winter pictures ! Hang in there..spring is coming ! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 2/22/2014 11:07AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for making me 'feel' the cold!

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    Yes, we have gorgeously beautiful winter days here in west Michigan too, but, like you, I'm waiting for spring. emoticon

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KANOE10 2/22/2014 9:52AM

    Those were lovely pictures. I am waiting for Spring also..That ice is hard on exercise. I am glad you had some lovely days of XC.

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-BLESSINGS- 2/22/2014 9:29AM

    Great Blog.. thanks for sharing...

we have 3-4 feet of snow in our yards... I am soooooooooo ready for Spring

BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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JOYINKY 2/22/2014 9:27AM

    Spring is not far off! Hang in there. We're getting a maverick warm day, only one this coming week so I will be out and clearing dead ground cover from the severe winter. Bulbs are poking through. We still have some cold days ahead but the worst is behind us. Stay warm. Hugs.

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DDHEART 2/22/2014 9:23AM

    Very descriptive essay. I love that deep crisp blue sky, always makes me think of "jigsaw puzzle skies" the pieces that my dad would always put together first then when the blue was gone he would be done. LOL You gave me a gift of memory this morning! Now, I think I'll go curl up somewhere and wait for spring!

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