Baby It’s Cold Outside

The weather behaved a bit atypically on Thanksgiving Day. We enjoyed mid-sixties, albeit with quite a bit of wind – downright balmy by Up North standards. By the end of the day, though, things were cooling off, and the sky was dropping flakes by 9am Friday – about four hours earlier than predicted. Mom and Dad took a break in da U.P. from our renovation while the tile sets, and ended up in a blinding snow for their troubles. They’re back now, and Mom has taken over my kitchen, not following the soup recipe she has pulled up, but making dinner, so I am not complaining one bit.

This morning we woke to several inches of snow, and danced around the house like children who’ve just earned a reprieve from school. We lunched in Bellaire, and then spent a few moments on Torch Lake. Little balls of lake effect snow pelted me in the face as I was photographing; regardless, Torch’s electric blue is magical against the pristine snow.

On our way back home, we stopped by the Seven Bridges Natural Area and were rewarded with unspoiled trails. The thick carpet of snow absorbed all sounds save the trickling river and the swish-crunch of our steps. After about fifteen minutes, a couple of other hikers joined us, just as enthralled as we are with the first outpouring of winter. We agreed: one can never have too many sunsets or snow-coated pines. Season’s Greetings, and may your days be snowy and bright!

Click any photo for a larger version in a slideshow πŸ™‚

18 thoughts on “Baby It’s Cold Outside

      • Whoa, Heather, you wouldn’t believe what just happened! I was sitting here listening to Christmas music on Pandora while reading blog posts and the current song is “Baby it’s Cold Outside” ( a song I love) and came over here to see if you’d posted anything new, which of course you hadn’t or there would have been an email notice, and here was your title singing along to the song!

        • I can’t tell you how much that made my day! That’s one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time (though I am specific about whose version is my absolute favorite). How auspicious πŸ™‚

    • It sounds like maybe the best thing is to enjoy it in photos and then perhaps eventually when it arrives down your way πŸ˜‰
      The funny thing about that snow is that we’ve still got six or so inches on the ground, but the area not five miles north of here has about two feet!

  1. The cold sounds lovely. Here, it’s a chilly 85 degrees. It’s finally gotten to the point that I can sleep without the A/C as long as I use the fan and a light blanket.

    • I think that perhaps the worst part about adjusting to living in a hot climate is experiencing winter. My first winter in Kentucky after living in Miami was so painful. Your sand dunes and cliff diving (and of course your students!) will make the heat worth it πŸ™‚

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