Winter Weather: a swinging solstice

The last day of fall went out quickly, having been swept away by an eager winter storm.  Yes, Winter blew in early with four inches of rain, and by noon  she had begun a swift and frigid blowing.  She howled around the eaves, worked her way into the house through invisible cracks and then came in through the windowsill sounding for all the world like a flute!


That will need fixing!

The lights began to flicker, and hearing all this horrible blowing pick up in speed, I decided to stop what I was doing and go have a look.  Opening the back door I felt Winter’s frigid breath blow right past me.   Too cold!


Standing in the doorway with my sweater pulled tightly round my neck,  I listened as dry leaves hissed and tree branches rattled like dry bones.    Eerie, I thought, and shivering I closed the door tight.


This morning it is 32 degrees and while the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday it is unrelenting.  It is also making the air outside feel like it’s in the 20s!   Winter and I don’t get along.

The cold, the short and cloudy days all get to me.


Yes,  it is officially winter, but I have decided to greet it differently this year, to be more upbeat!  I think this might help.

18 thoughts on “Winter Weather: a swinging solstice

  1. Anke says:

    It was really windy yesterday, wasn’t it? We also lost power a total of 5 times, not for long, but a nuisance none the less. Did you loose power? Stay warm today and tomorrow, good days to stay indoors and maybe craft or sew, right? 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      Yes it was, Anke, and it is still a bit too breezy for my liking today! We didn’t loose power here, just a lot of flickering. Between the sound effects of the wind and the flickering of the lights it was like living in Disney’s Haunted Mansion here.

    • Lynda says:

      The outside source of the leak is probably never to be found. However, the inside leak was easy since it announced itself and I could feel the air coming in! So long as it doesn’t let in the water too, I’m good with just putting in some sealant here.

      So glad you liked my choice in a cure for the blues. I grew up listening to Benny Goodman and many lovely singers of the era. This piece by Peggy Lee just puts a spring in your step!

  2. pattisj says:

    We had the same rain (though not as much as you) and the wind. It was a cold wind, and I had to be out today. I’d have much rather been snuggled up with a cup of hot chocolate at home.

  3. littlesundog says:

    We’re still in a drought here so instead of the wind (we had it too) blowing rain in, we were blasted with sand. Our temps drop tonight when a cold front moves through the state, and then on Tuesday we have a good chance for 2 to 4 inches of snow! Now that is a novelty in Oklahoma, and snow generally only lasts a few days around here… so I’m happy as a lark for the promise of a white Christmas!

  4. shoreacres says:

    One of the delights of working on the docks is that when the wind begins to blow like that, certain masts will “sing”. It’s akin to making music by blowing across the top of a soda bottle – the wind screams across the opening in the mast for some boats’ sails, and it’s like a weird, unearthly orchestra. The rigging sings, too, if it gets too bad, but I haven’t heard that yet this year.

    We didn’t get any rain to speak of with ours, but it looks like bad weather for Christmas eve and Christmas day – and it’ll be barreling east! That means you, darlin’! No snow for us, but Houston and NOLA both are putting out severe weather alerts already. Santa’s going to travel fast if he gets that tail wind!

    • Lynda says:

      We were fortunate here as the bad weather stayed well south of us. We were saddened to see the severity of the weather and how it impacted others. We got plenty of rain, not too much, and will be having a good blow, with gusts to 35 mph till tonight. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Linda!

  5. Island Traveler says:

    Your are not alone my friend. This I feel too when it’s harshly cold with dark skies without signs of the Sun. So true, “The cold, the short and cloudy days all get to me.” Winter has its ups and downs. I would love to think that it gives us more good things to celebrate. Merry Christmas.

    • Lynda says:

      You are so right, Mr. B, it does give us more to celebrate. We just have to look at it in the right perspective. I hope your Christmas was full of blessings!

    • Lynda says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Dianne! These older tunes and melodies really speak to my heart. Seems to me that the music from way back was lighter and more upbeat than a lot of the stuff that is produced today.

  6. magsx2 says:

    You can send some of that cold weather this way if you like.
    I could only smile when I read it was 32 where you are, because our high temp today was 32 also, but Celsius for us, that’s just under 90F. 😀

    Sounds like you are having some pretty bad weather your way, I just can’t imagine what a very cold storm would be like, stay warm and safe.

    • Lynda says:

      Thanks, Mags, it isn’t so bad for us, but it sure is bad up north!!! I would love to send you some if you will send some of that hot weather here. 😉

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