Category Archives: backyards

Mornings when you can see your breath

A dusting of snow glistens in the yard. The sun peeks through the trees. I pull on an old blue ski parka that I like for morning walks and runs. This parka was retired when I decided it was too … Continue reading

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And May All Your Christmases be . . .Sunny!

Our first Christmas in Connecticut was white.  Christmas morning a light snow was falling as we opened gifts.  It was just like being in a Christmas movie, cheerful adults opening gifts, happy baby ripping up wrapping paper, snow falling so … Continue reading

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A Snowy Day

Today is a winter day, a sit by the fire, sipping Irish coffee day.  This is what I am doing right now: sitting by the fire, sipping a warm drink, watching the snow whirl outside.  Fresh clean snow is transforming … Continue reading

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Uprooted

My yard smells like Christmas, the fresh pine smell of cut trees.  But this is not the holiday.  The normally comforting and cheery aroma comes from a dying tree.  During Hurricane Sandy, an eastern White Pine, around fifty feet tall, … Continue reading

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Aftermath: We were lucky

Yesterday we sat inside waiting for the storm to arrive.  When I uploaded my post, the wind was just beginning to howl.  “Is that all there is?” I hummed, channeling Peggy Lee.  “Is that all there is . . “  … Continue reading

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Storm Watch (or dreaming of California in the face of winter)

Winter is coming.  Today the skies are gray, the leaves are almost gone, and I am humming “California Dreaming” as I watch the woods outside my kitchen window.  The newspapers are predicting the perfect convergence of weather events to create … Continue reading

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Squirrels!

In April, three weeks after we moved into our Connecticut house, gray squirrels appeared, boldly crossing the lawn and playing pickup games on the basketball court.  Outraged by the invasion, the female pointer would race from window to window, woofing … Continue reading

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