Monday, September 18, 2006

The Autumn Blues

I'm not referring to feelings, but to the colors on the Doppler radar map available at intellicast.com when you click on "US Radar." Green is rain, blue is snow. About this time of year, the mountain states start showing bits of blue here and there. You know it's not something passing, a little weather phenomenon that will go away and leave us in peace. It's the start of the winter season and those blue splotches will only get bigger and start moving our way. Maybe not for a while, but move they will in their own good time.

It's nicer in the Spring when they begin to peter out and pull back, when the sun shines here, the birds sing and once again the only blue on the map is over the mountain states. But that's not for now; we have to endure another winter before we get to that point.

I dunno; we do pretty well. One of my friends has a seat warmer in her car, a "must" she would not do without; we have winter clothing that is more efficient than years past; even going to the bathroom is no longer a trek out to the far reaches of the backyard.

The Blue States ... not limited to political parties and their supporters, but a good indicator these days of what's to come.

4 Comments:

Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Pro facts for the ''Blue Regions'':
1. No grass to mow.
2. No gardens to weed.
3. You don't sweat.
4. You know that kids won't be laying strips of rubber on the road in front of your house.
5. Soup tastes even better.
6. A sunny day with no wind in February at -10° is a good walking day.
7. You can leave the windows open with no fear of flies entering your abode.
8. You know spring is coming versus the fall when you know that winter is coming.
9. You appreciate your woodstove.
10. your morning coffee is SO good!

Cons:
1. Cabin Fever!

Let me tell you about cabin fever. Your magazine rack is full of maps and you tend to browse through those of the warmer climes....and you put on your bathing suit.

You don't care if the Detroit Lions won the Super Bowl.

You practice your fly casting on the snow from your deck.

You dream of cruise ships....at 10:00 in the morning.

Your husband/wife begins to look very good!

You get your lawnmower out on Feb. 15 and change the oil..just in case.

You are the only sane person in the world, and the rest of them write blogs.....

September 18, 2006 5:21 PM  
Anonymous MAD Drummer said...

I miss the roadside apple cider stands along the country 2-lanes up in and around the Pocono mountains...(que the way-back machine music) pull over and buy a quart...roll down the windows, turn on the heater and blast the just-released Rod Stewart single - all the while hoping to attract some big-city girl who didn't want summer to end either..."wake up Maggie I think I got somethin' to say to you"...

September 18, 2006 11:21 PM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Then Mad Drummer I'll bet you have been to Pocono for the Blues Festival........

..."wake up Maggie I think I got somethin' to say to you"...

Followed by...

.....''Hey mama turn the lamp down low''

Try www.ckrl.qc.ca Friday evenings for Michel Dubois, my friend's blues show from 8:00 - 10:00

September 19, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I know both coldjosh and mad drummer. You would get along very well in many ways; too bad you live so far apart.

September 19, 2006 3:31 PM  

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