From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Winter Begins

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



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We've enjoyed some warm beautiful days of Indian summer this week. (The expression "Indian summer" has an interesting history; you can read about it at Wikipedia.)

While I was blowing some of the last leaves into the ditch today, an ice storm blew into the Kansas City area. Tonight, Dennis talked to his sister from K.C., and she said her boss had sent everyone home from work an hour early because the roads were treacherous.

The storm is moving this way, but no ice is predicted for us. We do have the word "snow" in our weather forecast for the first time. The last day of November (tomorrow) will be a rainy day, and tomorrow night, the rain is supposed to turn to snow. The ground will be too warm for the snow to stick, but the first day of December will be cold and windy.

Hopkinsville's Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 2. Some years, we've attended in sweatshirts, but it looks like we'll need coats this year. And with night temperatures in the 20's for the next week, it looks like winter is here.

I realize that the 20's don't seem that bad to folks from the north, but here in Kentucky, we consider it cold. I used to laugh about how folks here complained about weather that didn't seem too cold to me, the girl from northern Nebraska. Now after 15 years here, I whine right along with everyone else. Wink

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A couple of quotes about winter:

  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape - the loneliness of it - the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it - the whole story doesn't show. - Andrew Wyeth (artist)

  • There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ..... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. - Ruth Stout (gardener and author)

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4 comments:

the.chronicler said...

Good quotes. Winter is wonderful.

pablo said...

Looks like that Kansas City snowstorm was more of a miss than a hit. We seem to have come out better than predicted -- less snow but a lot of hot air on the television.

Genevieve said...

I like winter but I have no desire to move back very far back north. We rarely get sub-zero weather here, and that's about how often I like it -- rarely!!!

Pablo, my mother-in-law lives in Raytown, one sister-in-law lives in Independence, and the other lives in Blue Springs. Then there's nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, etc. -- a regular clan. I'm glad for everyone (you, too) if the storm turned out less severe than expected.

Collagemama said...

I like the blue road photo.

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